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Books: Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings

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  1. Coleman, Sarah, Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings,P.Portner & B. H. Partee

Message 1: Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings,P.Portner & B. H. Partee

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 10:40:54 -0500
From: Coleman, Sarah <>
Subject: Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings,P.Portner & B. H. Partee


Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings
Paul Portner, Georgetown University; and 
Barbara H. Partee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The formal semantics approach to the study of natural language
semantics was developed through active dialogue between linguistically
minded philosophers and philosophically minded linguists and has
become increasingly integrated into theoretical linguistics. Formal
Semantics: The Essential Readings is a collection of seminal papers
that have shaped the field of formal semantics in linguistics.

The book covers key central themes and includes both an editorial
introduction and extensive references. Formal Semantics: The Essential
Readings is a vital resource for students and scholars of semantics
and the philosophy of language. 


Introduction: Paul Portner and Barbara Partee 

1. The Proper Treatment of Quantification in Ordinary English: 
Richard Montague. 
2. A unified analysis of the English bare plural: Greg Carlson. 
3. Generalized quantifiers and natural language: Jon Barwise and Robin Cooper.
4. The Logical Analysis of Plurals and Mass Terms: Godehard Link. 
5. Assertion: Robert C. Stalnaker. 
6. Scorekeeping in a Language Game: David Lewis.
7. Adverbs of quantification: David Lewis. 
8. A theory of truth and semantic representation: Hans Kamp. 
9. File change semantics and the familiarity theory of definiteness: 
Irene Heim. 
10. On the projection problem for presuppositions: Irene Heim. 
11. Toward a semantic analysis of verb aspect and the English 'imperfective' 
progressive: David R. Dowty. 
12. The notional category of modality: Angelika Kratzer. 
13. The algebra of events: Emmon Bach. 
14. Generalized conjunction and type ambiguity: Barbara Partee and Mats Rooth.
15. Noun phrase interpretation and type shifting principles: Barbara
H. Partee. 
16. Syntax and semantics of questions: Lauri Karttunen.
17. Type-Shifting Rules and the Semantics of Interrogatives: Jeroen
Groenendijk and Martin Stokhof. 
18. On the notion affective in the analysis of Negative-Polarity Items: 
William A. Ladusaw. Index.

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