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)
Context and Content Lectures at the Institut Jean Nicod (June 2013).
(slides for the four lectures here)
Two Kinds of Concept Introduction.
Conference on Concepts, North Carolina State (Sept 2013).
Framing Event Variables.
Univ. of North Carolina, ECOM talk (Sept 2013); Conference on Internalism, Montreal (Oct 2013);
Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst (Jan 2014).
Church to Chomsky, Marr to Most. CRNAP workshop at Princeton University (Sept 2013).
(slides .pptx ... there are .pdf slides for the similar talk below)
What is a Theory of Human (Linguistic) Understanding?
Conference on Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches, Bochum Germany (Oct 2013).
(slides .pdf ... there are .pptx slides for the similar talk above)
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).
Institute of Philosophy, London (Apr 2014). Introducing Concepts
Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Symposium: Origins of Propositional Thought, Vancouver (June 2014).