24.979 Topics in Semantics

Fall 2002

Photograph of dictionary definition of semantics.
Dictionary definition of the word "semantics." (Image courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

Course Highlights

This course features extensive lecture notes, located in the lecture notes section.

Course Description

This seminar will investigate the expression of gradability, comparison and degree in natural language. The course will address the following major issues, though we may also include other topics according to the interests and direction of the class:

  • The underlying semantic representation of expressions of degree and the linguistic significance of scalar representations
  • The logical form of comparative constructions, and the implications of comparatives for other aspects of the grammar
  • The semantics of degree and the role of scalar representations in grammatical categories other than gradable adjectives
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Prof. Irene Heim
Prof. Christopher Kennedy

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session