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, and likewise for these older talks)

Semantic Framing: the meaning of 'most'
    Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Simon Frasier University (June 2014).
    (If you'd like the slides for this one, let me know. But SFU produced a video of the talk.)
Form and Composition
    Higginbotham Lecture at USC (Nov 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. 2014).
Semantic Typology and Composition (slides .pptx  .pdf)    
Johns Hopkins (March 2015)
Values of Event Variables? (slides .pptx  .pdf)
     Johns Hopkins (March 2015)
Form and Composition
    Princeton University, Dept. of Linguistics (April 2015)
Locating Human Meanings: Less Typology, More Constraint (slides .pptx  .pdf)
    Rutgers Workshop (October 2015)
Semantic Internalism
(slides .pptx  .pdf) 
    Univ. of Arizona (October 2015)
    This talk is
available in Panopto form, thanks to the Arizona linguistics department. (Check out their other talks.)