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  Sep 2017

Date

Thu Sep 07, 2017

Time

05:15 PM - 06:30 PM


			

Location

Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering, 610 Comm. Ave., room 101

Category

Lectures

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "Counting, Measuring, and Fractions"

Description

Abstract: Counting and measuring seem quite different: one requires enumerating distinct entities, while the other requires assigning a particular value along a conventional scale (e.g. weight). This seeming difference is reflected in most semantic accounts of number words ("three") and measure phrases ("three pounds"). I argue that when we examine the nature of counting with mixed fractions ("two and a half") we discover that our semantic accounts of counting and measuring should be continuous. I then propose a semantics of number words that incorporates this discovery.

Speaker(s)

Professor David Liebesman (Associate Professor, University of Calgary)

Sponsored by

Linguistics Program

For more information

Carol Neidle

Date

Fri Sep 08, 2017

Time

04:00 PM - 05:30 PM


			

Location

STH 525

Category

Lectures

Title

PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM: "Partialhood"

Description

Abstract: My furnace is part of my house, but it not a partial house. A half-built house is a partial house, but it is not a part of a house. Parthood—being a part of something—is a familiar topic of philosophical inquiry. Partialhood—being a partial something—is not. The neglect of partialhood is a shame because the relation underlies both natural language counting and the semantics of the progressive aspect. I develop a view on which partialhood is a determinable dyadic relation that has no modal or telic reduction. I then employ this relation in a semantics for the progressive.

Speaker(s)

Professor David Liebesman (Associate Professor, University of Calgary)

Sponsored by

Philosophy Department

See also the
following links
for events at:

* MIT
* Harvard
* UMass (Amherst).