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RutgersTalk: Zoltan Szabo

October 25, 2012 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT LECTURE SERIES – Fall 2012

DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2012

TIME: 4:30PM

LOCATION: Seminar Room, 3 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus

SPEAKER: Prof. Zoltan Szabo, Yale

TITLE: “Major Parts of Speech”

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Abstract-“Major Parts of Speech”According to the contemporary consensus, when reaching in the lexicon grammar looks for items like nouns, verbs, and prepositions ¬†while logic sees items like predicates, connectives, and quantifiers. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a single lexical category contemporary grammar and logic both make use of. I hope to show that while a perfect match between the lexical categories of grammar and logic is impossible there can be a substantial overlap. I propose semantic definitions for all the major parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, and adverb). I argue that the differences among these categories can be captured in terms of distinctions recognized in logic (referring expression vs. predicate, constant vs. variable).

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Date:
October 25, 2012
Time:
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Seminar Room, 3 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus
Rutgers Philosophy Department
NJ, United States

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