Compositionality in Formal Semantics is a collection of Barbara Partee’s papers that have been influential in the field but are not readily available and includes a new introductory essay in which Partee reflects on how her thinking and the field of semantics have developed over the past 35 years.
- Brings together, in one volume, influential but difficult to find papers by one of the most important researchers in formal semantics.
- Includes a new introductory essay in which Partee reflects on how her research and the field of semantics have developed over the past 35 years.
- Discusses critical themes in semantic theory.
"Barbara H. Partee is the founding mother of linguistic semantics
as it is practiced today, and this collection of many of her
classic papers shows why she has been so influential. The
combination of theoretical insight with her legendary ability to
find just the right example to make a point is evident throughout.
And, as a bonus, the collection begins with a wonderful memoir of
the turbulent time when semantics was getting its start." Robert
"Two different audiences will be delighted with this book: those
who read the classic papers gathered here when they first appeared
and those who did not but are heirs to the rich semantics tradition
in formal linguistics that Barbara H. Partee established with those
papers and with her irresistible enthusiasm for systematic
investigation of linguistic meaning. Partee's keen semantic
insights, her flair for telling examples, her intellectual
generosity, her clear-headedness, and her pedagogical talents are
evident throughout, not just in the vintage pieces but also in the
introductory essay she's written and in the couple of articles
published more recently. This volume belongs on every semanticist's
shelf." Sally McConnell-Ginet, Cornell University
1. Reflections of a Formal Semanticist.
2. Opacity, Coreference, and Pronouns.
3. Some Structural Analogies Between Tenses and Pronouns in
4. Toward the Logic of Tense and Aspect in English (with Michael
5. Bound Variables and Other Anaphors.
6. Anaphora and Semantic Structure (with Emmon Bach).
8. Appendix B. Genitives ? A case study.
9. Ambiguous Pseudoclefts with Unambiguous Be.
10. Noun Phrase Interpretation and Type-Shifting Principles.
11. The Airport Squib: Any, Almost, and
12. Many Quantifiers.
13. Binding Implicit Variables in Quantified Contexts.
14. Weak NPs in HAVE Sentences.
15. Some Puzzles of Predicate Possessives (with Vladimir
Series: Explorations in Semantics
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 16th January 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.94
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1