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Semantics: the thin notion

Conferences of John Collins (UEA/EHESS)

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Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

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.

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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

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Places

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

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Wednesday, February 06, 2013
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Keywords

  • semantics, predicates, syntax

Contact(s)

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

Information source

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

To cite this announcement

« Semantics: the thin notion », Lecture series, Calenda, Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012, https://calenda.org/233156

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