Natural Language Semantics with Enriched Meanings

Topic: 
Language & Logic
Level: 
Advanced
Abstract: 

Type-logical approaches to natural semantics are founded on relating semantic types in some logic of composition to a representation of meaning — a meaning language. In this course, we introduce students to three phenomena in natural language semantics — conventional implicatures as captured through multidimensionality, perspectival effects related to intensionality and hyperintensionality, and uncertainty — and a unified approach to their analysis in terms of an enriched meaning language, where the enrichment is captured through monads, a concept from category theory. Monads also feature prominently in functional programming, and the course will draw connections between these linguistic, logical and computational aspects of meaning.

Week: 
Second week
Slot: 
09:00 - 10:30 - slot 1
Room: 
52.019