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LIN 115 – Semantik I
Maribel Romero, Dr. phil., Professorin

Course Description

This course introduces the students to the foundations and essential concepts of Semantics (Formal Semantics). A procedure will be developed which derives the meaning of a complex linguistic unit (for example, a sentence or a phrase) from the meaning of the words and the syntactic structure that compose it. By examining different aspects of semantic composition, this course provides techniques and formal tools to investigate the empirical properties of natural language. Furthermore, if time permits, we will overview how children acquire some aspects of this semantic procedure.

Lecture: Monday 12-14 (R513); Tutorium: Wednesday 16-17 (R611) and 18-19 (G421)

Medium of instruction: Lecture -- Englisch, Tutorium -- German

Semester plan: Syllabus

Questionaire: If you haven't done so already, please fill in the questionnaire and hand it in for next week's lecture.

Slides & Handouts

Note: For readings available in the electronic Semesterapparat, click here.

19.04.2010 The Empirical Domain of Semantics .
Reading for this Week: Chierchia / McConnell-Ginet: Meaning and Grammar ch. 1, especially pp. 17-52. (Available in the (electronic) Semesterapparat)
26.04.2010 Reading: Partee et al.: 'Mathematical methods in linguistics'. ch. 6 on Propositional Logic. (Available in the electronic Semesterapparat).
The main ingredients: Compositionality, Truth-Conditions and Set-Theoretical Denotations . To be distributed in class.
Propositional Logic . Please download and bring to class.
03.05.2010 Reading: Partee et al. ch 1 and 2 on Set Theory. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
Set Theory. Please download and bring to class.
10.05.2010 Reading: Heim and Kratzer, chapter 2. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
Set Theory (same as above).
Names and Predicates. Lambda notation . Please download and bring to class.
17.05.2010 Reading: Heim and Kratzer, chapter 2. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
Names and Predicates. Lambda notation . (Same as above)
24.05.2010 Holiday - No Lecture
31.05.2010 Reading: Heim and Kratzer, chapter 3. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
More on names and predicates (with brackets as in textbook). Please download and bring to class.
7.06.2010 Reading: Heim and Kratzer, chapter 4. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
Exercise: A semantic rule for Modifiers. Please download and bring to class.
MID-TERM EXAM COMING SOON!
14.06.2010 Reading: Same as above.
MID-TERM EXAM (TAKE HOME): Due on June 21, 2010, by 12:15pm
Syntax. Ambiguities from syntactic attachement. Please download and bring to class.
Computing ambiguities from syntactic attachement (UPDATED: Complete Handout

21.06.2010 Reading: Partee et al, chapter 7. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
Predicate Logic. Please download and bring to class.
28.06.2010 Reading: Heim and Kratzer, chapter 6 pp. 131-151. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
Quantifiers: Their denotations. Please download and bring to class.
Some Practice Exercises (on Predicate Logic and Reflexivizing Morphemes). Please prepare it for this class.
5.07.2010 Reading: Heim and Kratzer, chapter 7, sections 7.1 and 7.3. Available in the electronic Semesterapparat.
Quantification: Quantifiers and the rest of the sentence. Please download and bring to class.
9.07.2010, 10:30-12:30h IMPORTANT!!!:Extra office hours with Prof. Romero (G212). To make sure you get a slot, please sign up on the sheet by her door. (No office hours on Thursday this week.)
Some solutions to Quantification (Updated).
Solution to Some Practice Exercises (on Predicate Logic and Reflexivizing Morphemes).
Solution to Some Additional Exercises in Partee et.al. 7.1 (Predicate Logic -----Updated!!!!!).
12.07.2010, 10:15-10:45h IMPORTANT!!!:Extra office hours with Prof. Romero (G212).
12.07.2010 Klausur:
Klausur.
07.10.2010, 10-12h IMPORTANT!!!: The Nachklausur will take place at 10-12h in room R511.

Zuletzt geändert am 14.09.2010.