Syntax/Semantics Reading Group: David-Étienne Bouchard on Degrees (Part II), 4/25

As mentioned before,  the Syntax/Semantics Reading Group  is having a series of informal tutorials on syntax/semantics topics that have not been taught in regular courses for a while. These mini ‘crash courses’ do not presuppose any background in syntax or semantics. Every curious person is welcome to attend.

On Friday April 25, David-Étienne Bouchard will present the second part of a tutorial on degree semantics.

The purpose of this tutorial will be to provide a semantics to sentences containing a degree operator, in particular the comparative morpheme ‘more¹. In order to do this we will introduce degrees in our semantic ontology and enrich the denotations of gradable adjectives like tall and heavy. Degree operators will be treated as quantifiers over degrees and shown to have some flexibility in scope, albeit in a limited manner.

Date Presentation Background reading(s)
Friday, April 25, 2014
3:00-4:30 pm
David-Étienne Bouchard on degrees (Part II) Kennedy (1999), Projecting the Adjective, chapter 1. Heim (2001). Degree Operators and Scope.

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