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.
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)
Framing Event Variables.
Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst (Jan 2014).
Human i-Languages and Semantic Typology.
Univ. of Delaware, Linguistics and Cognitive Science Colloquium (Nov 2013).
Rutgers University, Philosophy Seminar (Feb 2014).
(slides .pptx.pdf) Mostly Framing.
Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science
Conjunction, Subtraction, and Comparison.
Ohio State University, Workshop on the Semantics of Cardinals
(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).
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)