webshotPaul M. Pietroski
Dept. of Philosophy (Skinner Building)
Dept. of Linguistics (Marie Mount Hall)
College Park, MD 20742

I teach at the University of Maryland in the departments of linguistics and philosophy.
My primary research interests lie at the intersection of these fields.

For a while now, I have been thinking about how grammatical structure is related to linguistic meaning, and how
words are related to concepts. Events and Semantic Architecture (OUP, 2005) was an initial progress report. In various papers, often collaborative, I have defended a nativist approach to the study of human language and an internalist conception of meaning. A new book--Conjoining Meanings: Semantics without Truth Values, in production with OUP--will appear later this year.

I have accepted an offer
from Rutgers University, as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, for Fall 2017.

When not teaching, I spend a lot of time here, sometimes doing other things.

Some Recent Talks
(If you find the slides useful, feel free to use them, and likewise for these older talks)

Meaning Internalism and Natural History
    Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science, Univ. of Michigan (April 1, 2017
.pptx, .pdf)
Meanings, Concepts, and Natural Kinds: What Were People Thinking?
    Rutgers Anniversary (Nov. 10, 1766+250,
.pptx .pdf)
Locating Human Meanings: Less Typology, More Constraint
    Rutgers Workshop (October 2015, .pptx  .pdf)
Semantic Internalism
    Univ. of Arizona (October 2015,
.pptx  .pdf)
Also in Panopto form, thanks to the Arizona linguistics department.
    (Check out their other talks.)
Form and Composition
    Higginbotham Lecture at USC (2014).
    For this talk, in honor of Jim, a handout.
Semantic Framing: the meaning of 'most'
    Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Simon Frasier University (2014).
    (If you'd like the slides, let me know. But SFU produced a video.)