EL4203 Semantics 2017–2018 Sem 1

Michael Yoshitaka ERLEWINE (mitcho)
mitcho@nus.edu.sg
Office: AS5 06-09
Office hours: Thursdays 2–4pm, Fridays 3–4pm
Syllabus PDF (but always see Schedule below for the latest)
 

Schedule

Classes are Fridays at high noon, in AS5 room 03-09.

Day Topic Reading To submit
Aug 18 Introduction: studying meaning Winter chapter 2 Survey on IVLE
Aug 25 Sets, quantifiers, entailment Partee et al (1993) chapter 1; Ladusaw (1979) pp. 1–2, 101–119 PS1
Sep 1 No class: Selamat Hari Raya Haji!    
Sep 8 Basic composition Winter chapter 3 pp. 44–72 PS2
Sep 15 Modification and definite descriptions Winter chapter 3 pp. 72–87; H&K chapter 4 PS3
Sep 22 Quantifiers H&K chapter 6 pp. 131–154 PS4
Sep 29 Recess Week    
Oct 6 Relative clauses and movement Winter chapter 5 pp. 139–159; H&K chapter 7 pp. 178–198 PS5
Oct 13 Interlude: Degree semantics Kennedy & McNally (2005); optional: Kennedy (2011)  
Oct 20 Variables, pronouns, and scope H&K chapter 5 PS6
Oct 27 Ellipsis H&K chapter 9  
Nov 3 Tense and aspect TBD PS7
Nov 10 Worlds, modals, and conditionals Winter chapter 6 pp. 190–198; von Fintel & Heim (2011) pp. 1–15, 29–38  
Saturday, November 11: final paper due
Nov 17 TBD   PS8
TBD: Final exam