SEMANTICS GROUP

**Fall 2019**

The **Semantics Group** is a weekly series of informal tutorials/lectures that
aims at providing participants with the requisite mathematical tools and
techniques to obtain a working knowledge of formal semantics. Anyone interested
in natural language semantics, the relation between logic and language,
λ-calculus, the syntax-semantics interface, analytical philosophy,
syntactic theory or formal approaches to linguistics more generally is actively
encouraged to join us. Classes are free and require only minimal background in
linguistics (or some other formal training).

** Time & Place**: Meetings take place every

Everybody is most welcome, simply
drop by! For any questions simply contact Winnie
(lechner@gs.uoa.gr).

**First meeting: Thursday, October 10 2019 **

*What to expect*. We will begin with a brief review of some formal
background (set theory, relations, predicate logic), proceeding from there to λ-calculus and simple applications and exercises in the framework
of transparent logical forms (von Stechow-Heim-Kratzer). The main objective is
for participants to obtain a working knowledge of the basic technical machinery
necessary to conduct model theoretic compositional analysis, discuss current
research and address some foundational issues such as different notions of the
relation between syntax and semantics. Which specific topics we cover entirely
depends on the participants, their interests and proclivities. So it is
important that you let me know if there are any specific areas (for
non-exhaustive list see below) that you would like to see discussed.

Topics we have been covering since the first
installment of the group in Spring 2014 include:

· Predicate Calculus

· Model theory

· Lambda calculus

· Type theory

· Compositional translation

· Quantification and Generalized Quantifier theory

· Syntactic and semantic binding

· Degree semantics

· Implicatures, focus particles and aspectural adverbs

· Vector Space Semantics

· Syntactic islands

· Plurality

· Ellipsis parallelism and Focus Semantics

Handouts and reading material, including surveys and
handbook articles, can be found at this Dropbox folder. (If you have problems accessing the folder, send
me a brief note.)

Contact: Winfried
Lechner