webshotPaul M. Pietroski

Dept. of Philosophy (Skinner Building)
Dept. of Linguistics (Marie Mount Hall)
College Park, MD 20742
phone: 301-405-4931

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've been thinking about how grammatical structure is related to linguistic meaning. Events and Semantic Architecture (OUP 2005, pbk 2006) was a progress report. In various papers, often collaborative, I have also been defending 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.

Here is a recent draft Conjoining Meanings: semantics without truth values (to appear with OUP)
as a pdf-portfolio or as one-big-pdf.

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

Recent and Upcoming Talks
(if you find the slides useful, feel free to use them)

Mostly Framing.
    Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science (Feb 2014). 
    (slides .pptx  .pdf)  
Conjunction, Subtraction, and Comparison.
    Ohio State University, Workshop on the Semantics of Cardinals (Mar 2014).
    (slides .pptx ... there are .pdf slides for the experiments in the similar talk above)
Lexical Neutrality and Composite Meanings
    Workshop on Word Meaning at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor (Apr 2014).
     (slides .pptx  .pdf
Subjects, Predicates, and Systemtaticity
    Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Symposium: Origins of Propositional Thought, Vancouver (June 2014).
    (slides .pptx  .pdf
Semantic Framing: the meaning of 'most'
    Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Simon Frasier (June 2014).
    (The slides are, pretty much, a subset of those for 'Mostly Framing' above. But SFU produced a video of the talk.)
Form and Composition
    Higginbotham Lecture at USC (Nov 7, 2014).
    For this talk, in honor of Jim, a handout.
Conjoining Meanings; Semantic Framing.
    A series of presentations/talks at the University of Konstanz, organized by their
    Foundations of Semantics Group (Nov. 11-13, 2014).
Semantic Typology and Composition (slides .pptx  .pdf)    
alues of Event Variables? (slides .pptx  .pdf)
     A pair of talks at Johns Hopkins (March 2015)
Form and Composition
    Princeton University, Dept. of Linguistics (April 22, 2015)
    II EISSI Conference, followed by a Mini-Course of some kind
    PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil (August, 2015, exact dates TBA)