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Semantics: the thin notion

Conferences of John Collins (UEA/EHESS)

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Publié le jeudi 20 décembre 2012 par Elsa Zotian

Résumé

The notion of a variable plays a prominent role in semantic and syntactic theorising. The lectures will clarify the concept of a variable as understood in the formal sciences and seek to show that such a notion has no application to natural language syntax. On the basis of three case studies, the lectures will contend that the common appeal to variables within semantic theory is inappropriate in having no syntactic correlate - at best, the variable is a theoretical artefact.

Annonce

Presentation

The notion of a variable plays a prominent role in semantic and syntactic theorising. The lectures will clarify the concept of a variable as understood in the formal sciences and seek to show that such a notion has no application to natural language syntax. On the basis of three case studies, the lectures will contend that the common appeal to variables within semantic theory is inappropriate in having no syntactic correlate - at best, the variable is a theoretical artefact.

John Collins (UEA/EHESS)

Calendar: Wednesday January 16th and 23rd, Wednesday February 6th and 13th.
Seminar: EHESS de F. Récanati, 105 Bd Raspail, salle 7, 15:00 to 17:00

Program

I - Wednesday January 16th

Three grades of variable involvement ; or why there are no variables in syntax

II - Wednesday January 23rd

Weather reports

III - Wednesday February 6th

Predicates of personal taste

IV - Wednesday February 13th

Indefinites

Lieux

  • EHESS, salle 7 - 105 Bd Raspail
    Paris, France (75006)

Dates

  • mercredi 16 janvier 2013
  • mercredi 23 janvier 2013
  • mercredi 06 février 2013
  • mercredi 13 février 2013

Mots-clés

  • semantics, predicates, syntax

Contacts

  • Sophie Bilardello
    courriel : sophie [dot] bilardello [at] ens [dot] fr

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • François Recanati
    courriel : recanati [at] ens [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« Semantics: the thin notion », Cycle de conférences, Calenda, Publié le jeudi 20 décembre 2012, http://calenda.org/233156