S-Formal Semantics

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UMass Amherst
We usually understand novel sentences - e.g., this one - with little or no hesitation. How do we accomplish this? According to the received opinion, our linguistic knowledge divides into two modules - roughly, words and rules - which in turn correspond respectively to Lexical Grammar and Compositional Grammar. The present course concerns Compositional Grammar, more specifically Compositional Semantics -the study of how the meanings of compound expressions are derived from the meanings of their parts. We pursue this enterprise within the framework of Categorial Grammar - more specifically, within the framework of Type-Logical Grammar. Topics will include: set theory, type theory, lambda-calculus, categorial syntax and semantics, type-logical syntax and semantics.
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S-Formal Semantics
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 3.0 Gary Hardegree gmh@philos.umass.edu TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM South College Room E301