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This course presupposes a background in formal semantics compatible with the material discussed in Semantics 1. Based on some chapters of Sebastian Löbner's introductory textbook we investigate various more advanced topics in natural language semantics, possibly including (but not limited to) different types of meaning, definiteness vs. indefiniteness, quantification, predication, and cognition. These will be related to the architecture of constraint-based semantics. Depending on the interests of the participants, it is also possible to focus more specifically on a particular topic such as the semantics of negation and quantification and its treatment in formal semantics and in Lexical Resource Semantics.
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This course presupposes a background in formal semantics compatible with the material discussed in Semantics 1 and similar courses. The first-order based logical framework of the introductory course to semantics will be developed into higher-order logic, which enables us to formulate a theory of quantification and sentence embedding in Lexical Resource Semantics (LRS). In this class we will focus on the possibilities that the LRS architecture offers for generalizing classical generalized quantifier theory to so-called polyadic quantifiers. These are notoriously difficult to handle for more traditional views on semantic composition in natural languages, but we will see that the constraint-based view of semantics can integrate them naturally.
  
 
=== Literatur ===
 
=== Literatur ===
  
Sebastian Löbner (2013): ''Understanding Semantics''. Routledge. Second Edition.
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Robert D. Levine, Frank Richter, Manfred Sailer: ''Formal Semantics: An Empirically Grounded Approach''. Manuscript.
  
 
== Entrance test ==
 
== Entrance test ==

Revision as of 18:04, 16 May 2019

General information

Course description

This course presupposes a background in formal semantics compatible with the material discussed in Semantics 1 and similar courses. The first-order based logical framework of the introductory course to semantics will be developed into higher-order logic, which enables us to formulate a theory of quantification and sentence embedding in Lexical Resource Semantics (LRS). In this class we will focus on the possibilities that the LRS architecture offers for generalizing classical generalized quantifier theory to so-called polyadic quantifiers. These are notoriously difficult to handle for more traditional views on semantic composition in natural languages, but we will see that the constraint-based view of semantics can integrate them naturally.

Literatur

Robert D. Levine, Frank Richter, Manfred Sailer: Formal Semantics: An Empirically Grounded Approach. Manuscript.

Entrance test

Send your solutions to the entrance test, available at www.english-linguistics.de/fr/teaching/ws18-19/cbs/WiSe18-Semantics2-EntranceTest.pdf, to f.richter@em.uni-frankfurt.de by October 1st.

The entrance test will become available in late July 2018.