Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics (5 cr)
- 2011-10-19 - 2011-12-21
- Wed. 11-13h30.
- Room 401, Fac. 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, presuppositions and 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, where the teacher will typically also present some additional material.
Several very short papers or problem sets.
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.
NEALE, S. (1990): Descriptions. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
BREHENY, R. (2004): “Pragmatic analyses of anaphoric pronouns: Do things look better in 2D?”
von FINTEL, KAI, “Would you believe it? The king of France is back! Presuppositions and truth-value intuitions”
GRODZINSKY Y., T. REINHRT, (1993): “The Innateness of Binding and Coreference”. Linguistic Inquiry, 24, p. 69-101.
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 Information
STALNAKER, R. (2004): “Asertion revisited”
TRAVIS, Charles (1997). Pragmatics. In Bob Hale & Crispin Wright (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Blackwell.