This volume presents a series of state-of-the-art papers on current issues
in formal semantics and pragmatics by a series of highly distinguished
leading scholars whose own thinking and research has been directly
influenced by the work of Barbara H. Partee. Focusing on issues that
surround the semantics of quantification and reference in natural language,
this collection of papers provides both an overview of topics in current
research in formal approaches to meaning and a discussion of the origins of
that research in Partee's own highly influential writings. Topics include
the fundamental issues of compositionality and information structure, the
analysis of tense and aspect, the issue of
de dicto and de re meanings, and
the nature of noun phrase meanings—names, indefinites, and English
any. These contributions reflect both
the wide range and the fertility of
the basic problems addressed in Partee's work.
is Professor of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Cognitive
Science at University of Rochester.
is Canada Research Chair in Cognitive
Science, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Linguistics at
Simon Fraser University.
- The Partee Effect
- 1 The Present Mode
- 2 Causatives and Mixed Aspectual Type
- 3 Proper Names and Languages
- 4 Why Compositionality?
- 5 Is Word-Formation Compositional?
- 6 Indefinites and the Operators the Depend on
- 7 Definites, Locality, and Intentional Identity
- 8 Airport '86 Revisited: Toward a unified indefinite any
- 9 A Problem for De Re Attitudes
- 10 Measures and Indefinites
- 11 The Position of Information Structure
- 12 Topic Accents on Quantifiers