Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
- Wed 11:00-14:00
- Room 402. Fac de Filosofia UB
The course will be an advanced introduction to some central topics in semantics and pragmatics:
anaphora, definite and indefinite descriptions, reference and speakers intentions, what is said vs.
what is communicated.
There would be a reading assigned for each session. For each reading the teacher will provide
a list of “reading questions” that should help the student understand the reading and focus on its
most relevant parts. These reading questions will be discussed in class as well. In addition, the
teacher will typically also present some additional material.
Several very short papers or problem sets
BREHENY, R. (2004): “Pragmatic analyses of anaphoric pronouns: Do things look better in
GRODZINSKY Y., T. REINHRT, (1993): “The Innateness of Binding and
Coreference”. Linguistic Inquiry, 24. 69-101.
HEIM, I., (1982): The semantics of definite and indefinite NPs, doctoral thesis, University of
Massachusetts, Amherst. (Chapter 1).
KRIPKE, S. (1980): Naming and Necessity. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.
LASNIK, H. (1990): “Pronouns and no-coreference”, ms.
NEALE, S. (1990): Descriptions. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
EVANS, G. (1980): "Pronouns", Linguistic Inquiry 11. 337-362. Reprinted in: Evans, G. (1985):
Collected Papers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
REINHART, T. (2000): "Strategies of anaphora resolution" in Hans Bennirs, M. Everaert and E.
Reuland (eds.) Interface Strategies. Amsterdam: North Holland.
STALNAKER, R. (1998): “On the representation of context”, Journal of Logic, Language, and