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The goal of this course is to explore theories of the lexical semantic underpinnings of grammar, focusing on (a) how word meanings can be classified and decomposed, (b) how subcomponents of lexical meaning interact to form more complex meanings, (c) how lexical meaning determines and is determined by the word's syntactic and morphology properties, and (d) how languages vary in the relationship of lexical meaning and grammar. The semantic and grammatical properties of verbs, nouns, and adjectives will be especially central, with an emphasis on the truth conditional basis for the link between lexical meaning and grammatical properties and the motivation for and nature of lexical semantic representations.
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Thursday: 3:10 pm-5:00 pm
Some background in formal syntax expected. Background in formal semantics helpful but not necessary.