HW9 Answer Key now available

The HW9 answer key is now available for download from the “Readings” section of this website.

Final Exam and Final Office Hours

Final Exam Date/Time:  Tuesday, May 7, 12:30-2:30pm (CAS 324, our usual classroom)

Office Hours:  Friday May 3, 11:30am-1pm; Monday May 6, 3:30-5pm

General Format: The exam will be cumulative, covering the entire semester’s material.  But the emphasis will be on the material that we’ve covered since the second midterm exam.  As with your two previous midterm exams, the questions will closely resemble those that you’ve seen in your homework assignments, though they will be designed to be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Topics that we’ve covered this semester (use this list as a guide when studying):

Literal Meaning vs. Utterance Meaning:  entailment vs. implicature; Grice’s maxims; types of implicatures (e.g., scalar)

Propositional Logic: truth tables; logical relations b/w sentences; the “fit” between PropL and  English (logic vs. pragmatics)

Presupposition: S-family test; presupposition triggers; different effects of presuppositions vs. ordinary entailments on the common ground (given vs. new information)

Predicate Logic: predicates and arguments; pronouns and variables; models, assignment functions, and the semantics of PredL

Word-Level Semantic Relations:  hyponymy; types of opposites

Quantified Arguments:  the universal and existential quantifiers; the Aristotelian Square of Opposition; ambiguities involving quantified arguments; restricted quantifiers; negative polarity items

Lexical Semantics:  aspectual classes of VPs; distributive vs. collective predicates

Handout on Aspectual Classes of Verb Phrases

I’ve put together a handout summarizing the four major aspectual classes of verb phrases, as well as our tests for distinguishing members of different aspectual classes.  You might find this handout useful when completing this week’s homework assignment.

Aspectual Classes of Verb Phrases

OPTIONAL: Reading for Th 5/2: Vendler (1962)

The following article, which can be downloaded from the Readings section of this website, is your optional reading for Th 5/2:

Vendler, Zeno. 1962. Each and EveryAny and AllMind 71(282): 145-160.

The article describes some interesting puzzles concerning the interpretation of plural noun phrases and universally quantified arguments.  Although we will be able to only scratch the surface of these puzzles in Thursday’s class (and in fact, not all of them have been solved yet!), the data are quite interesting, and the paper is fun to read.  Reading the paper should also serve as an indication of just how much you’ve learned this semester…when you’re done, imagine trying to read it without having taken this course!

HW8 Answer Key now available

The HW8 answer key is now available for download from the “Readings” section of this website.

HW9 (due Th 5/2 @ beg. of class)

Your ninth and last homework assignment is now available for download–just click on the link below for a PDF version. It will be due on Thursday, May 2, at the beginning of class.

HW9 (due Th 5/2 @ beg. of class)

Reading for Tu 4/30: Kearns §8.1-8.3 (pgs. 156-166)

For next Tuesday 4/30, please read sections 8.1-8.3 (pgs. 156-166) of the Kearns textbook.

Restricted Quantifiers Handout

Here is a handout reviewing the syntax/semantics of restricted quantifiers:

The Syntax and Semantics of Restricted Quantifiers

Reading for Th 4/25: Kearns §6.9 (pgs. 118-121)

For this Thursday 4/25, please read section 6.9 (pgs. 118-121) of the Kearns textbook.

HW7 Answer Key now available

The HW7 answer key is now available for download from the “Readings” section of this website.