By Ivano Caponigro, Carlo Cecchetto
Lately, the research of formal semantics and formal pragmatics has grown significantly displaying that center facets of language which means should be defined through a couple of rules. those rules are grounded within the good judgment that's at the back of - and tightly intertwined with - the grammar of human language. during this publication, essentially the most sought after figures in linguistics, together with Noam Chomsky and Barbara H. Partee, supply new insights into the character of linguistic which means and pave the way in which for the additional improvement of formal semantics and formal pragmatics. every one bankruptcy investigates quite a few dimensions during which the logical nature of human language manifests itself inside of a language and/or throughout languages. Phenomena like naked plurals, loose selection goods, scalar implicatures, intervention results, and logical operators are investigated extensive and now and then cross-linguistically and/or experimentally. This quantity could be of curiosity to students operating in the fields of semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition and psycholinguistics.
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Already then he combined in one person to a remarkable degree the interests and abilities of the ideal linguist and the ideal philosopher–logician, including being highly independent and undogmatic. With his willingness to consider and draw upon work from highly diverse frameworks and his ability to integrate and modify, he was able to have a strong positive inﬂuence in helping to see beyond battles between “schools” in working toward larger shared goals, as well as being a major contributor to research of importance for both linguistics and philosophy.
During that spring while Gennaro was here, Emmon, Angelika, and I gave our ﬁrst joint seminar, on the semantics of events. Gennaro had much to contribute from his work on inﬁnitives and gerunds, and Sandro Zucchi followed up on some of the seminar topics for his later dissertation work. Gennaro was still managing to be active back at Cornell at the same time, and in May was co-organizer with Fred Landman of a conference on “Events and Thematic Structure” at Cornell. In April 1987 Gennaro gave a talk “Anaphora and attitudes de se” at the Amsterdam Colloquium (Chierchia 1989).
The principal participants included Emmon and me, Fred Landman, and Ray Turner, and Gennaro when he could come. 12 In December of 1984 Gennaro and Polly Jacobson were awarded their NSF grant for joint research on syntax and semantics. Plans were then made for Gennaro to spend the ﬁrst half of summer 1985 working with Polly at Brown on their grant and the second half working with Ray and me here on mine. Gennaro was in fact at Brown just from 1983 to 1985, and then accepted an offer from Cornell.