webshotPaul M. Pietroski

Dept. of Philosophy (Skinner Building)
Dept. of Linguistics (Marie Mount Hall)
College Park, MD 20742
CV         PAPERS

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.
In various papers, often collaborative, I have also defended a nativist approach to the study of human language and an internalist conception of meaning. Other projects and collaborations have me thinking about how words are related to concepts and the computational operations that underpin complex linguistic meanings.

I have accepted an offer from Rutgers, my alma mater, to join their philosophy department and center for cognitive science (RUCCS) in the Fall of 2017. When not teaching, I spend a lot of time here, sometimes doing other things.

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

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.)
Form and Composition
    Higginbotham Lecture at USC (2014).
    For this talk, in honor of Jim, a handout.
Semantic Typology and Composition  
Johns Hopkins (March 2015, .pptx  .pdf)
Values of Event Variables?
     Johns Hopkins (March 2015, .pptx  .pdf)
Form and Composition
    Princeton University, Dept. of Linguistics (April 2015)
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.)

Summer teaching gigs 2016:

    Norwegian Summer Institute in Language and Mind (Oslo, Norway), June 20-24
    NASSLLI at Rutgers (with Tim Hunter), July 11-15

Fall 2016:
    Meanings, Concepts, and Natural Kinds: What Were People Thinking? (Rutgers, Nov. 10, 1766+250)