Introduction to French Semantics

FRIT-F582 — Spring 2022

Instructor
Laurent Dekydtspotter
Location
WH 108
Days and Times
TR 3:10 P - 4:15 P
Course Description

F582 introduces students to issues in the interpretation of French. The course focuses on major interpretive phenomena in French (verb representations, voice, tense, mood, aspect, gender, quantification, and interpretations of pronoun series, nouns etc.) and on the nature of semantic interpretation as revealed by these phenomena. The goal is to show how simple assumptions made precise by the tools of logical inquiry can reveal deep insights into knowledge of French and related issues of language structure. A pervading theme is the question of learnability of semantic knowledge. We discuss nature of grammar and mental organization as revealed by semantic evidence.

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