Cogmaster, December 2017 (LC2)

Site under construction - details subject to change!!

Instructors:      Philippe Schlenker

                                  Directeur de Recherche, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris
                                     Global Distinguished Professor, New York University
                                     Advanced Grant Leader, ERC

                                  E-mail:     philippe.schlenker@gmail.com

                                    Emmanuel Chemla

                                  Directeur de Recherche, LSCP, Paris
                                    Starting Grant Leader, ERC

                                  E-mail:     em.chemla@gmail.com   

Teaching Assistant:      Jeremy Kuhn, post-doctoral fellow,  Institut Jean-Nicod
                                                            E-mail: jeremy.d.kuhn@gmail.com


In the 1980's, the analysis of 'presupposition projection' led to the development of a new and more powerful type of semantics, called 'dynamic semantics'. In recent years, pragmatic alternatives within classical semantics were developed. We will provide an introduction to this debate, first by developing an explicit 'dynamic semantics' for presuppositions , and then by developing a pragmatic alternative to it, the 'Transparency Theory'.


Besides active class participation:
(i) read the assigned papers;
(ii) formal exercises will be assigned.

Slides, Problem Sets and Readings: they will be made available in this Dropbox folder.

Sessions (still tentative; to be adapted as we go)
Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

December 11, 2017

December 18, 2017

Dynamic Semantics I (Schlenker)
Readings: Schlenker 2011 'Two Theory of Local Contexts', Part I only  
Optional: Heim 1983  
Problem Set #1  

Experimental approaches to presuppositions vs. implicatures  (Chemla; no TA session by Jeremy Kuhn)
Readings: TBD  
Dynamic Semantics II. Transparency Theory I
Readings: Schlenker 2016, Section 3
Optional: : Schlenker 2008, Be Articulate 
Problem Set #2 

Note: On Wednesday, December 13, 11:30am-1pm, Cornelia Ebert will give a talk on co-speech gestures. Their contributions have been analyzed in presuppositional terms by some researchers, hence this talk might be of interest to some students.

Transparency Theory II
Readings: Schlenker 2016, Section 3
Optional: : Schlenker 2008, Be Articulate; Chemla and Schlenker 2012
Problem Set #3