Research - Talks

        Talks Year 1 (2004 – 2005)

[1] Partee, Barbara H., September 30, 2004. “Compositionality and Coercion in Semantics”. Master Seminar on the Foundations of Cognitive Science, Cognitive Science Program, University of Arizona, Tucson.

[2] Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, October 1, 2004. “The Semantics of Russian Genitive of Negation: The Nature and Role of Perspectival Structure.” Cognitive Science Colloquium, University of Arizona, Tucson.

[3] Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev (presented by Partee), October 2004. “The Semantics of Russian Genitive of Negation: The Nature and Role of Perspectival Structure.” Invited talk, KNAW Academy Colloquium – Cognitive Foundations of Interpretation, Amsterdam.

[4] Partee, Barbara H., October 29, 2004. “Compositionality and Coercion in Semantics”. Master Class, Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW), Amsterdam.

[5] Partee, Barbara H., March 11, 2005. “Perspectives on Natural Language Semantics.” Lecture on the occasion of the award of an Honorary Doctorate from Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen.

[6] Partee, Barbara H., March 19, 2005. Boolean structure and cross-categorial conjunction in natural language. Guest lecture in V.A. Uspensky’s seminar “Nekotorye Primemenija Matematičeskix Metodov v Jazykoznanii [Selected Applications of Mathematical Methods in Linguistics]”, Moscow State University, Moscow.

[7] Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, April 2005. Three lecture series in Spain, supported by a combination of the Spanish Fulbright Commission (Partee) and the four participating universities (Partee and Borschev).

Series 1. University of La Coruña, La Coruña, Spain: “Formal and Lexical Semantics: The Interpretation of Possessives”

Lecture 1, April 5: “Possessives, Relational Nouns and the Argument-Modifier Distinction” (partly in Spanish)

Lecture 2, April 6: “Sorts, Sort-shifting and the Role of Sorts in Patterns of Coercion” (partly in Spanish)

Lecture 3, April 7. “Integrating Lexical and Compositional Semantics: The Dynamics of Adjective Meaning.” (Partee alone; in Spanish)

Series 2. Barcelona. “Integrating Lexical and Compositional Semantics.”

Lecture 1, April 11, University Pompeu e Fabra: “Integrating Lexical and Compositional Semantics: Existential Sentences and the Russian Genitive of Negation.”

Lecture 2, April 12, University of Barcelona: “Integrating Lexical and Compositional Semantics: The Dynamics of Adjective Meaning” (Partee alone)

Series 3. Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain. “Formal Semantics, Compositionality, and Type-Shifting.”

Lecture 1, April 13. “Introduction to Formal Semantics and Compositionality.”

Lecture 2, April 14. “A Fragment of English. Types and Type Shifting. More Applications of the Lambda Calculus.”

Lecture 3, April 15. “Semantic Types and Type‑shifting: Conjunction and Type Ambiguity. NP Interpretation and Type-Shifting Principles.”

[8] Vladimir Borschev, Elena V. Paducheva, Barbara H. Partee, Yakov G. Testelets, Igor Yanovich, May 6, 2005. “Sentential and Constituent Negation in Russian BE-sentences Revisited.” Accepted conference presentation, Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 14, Princeton University.

[9] Paducheva, Elena V., June 1, 2005. “Modal’nost’ kak scenarij [Modality as scenario]”. Invited plenary paper, International Conference Dialog-2005, Russian Academy of Sciences conference center, Zvenigorod, Russia. (in Russian)

[10] Partee, Barbara H., June 3, 2005. “Weak Noun Phrases: Semantics and Syntax.” Accepted paper, International Conference Dialog-2005, Russian Academy of Sciences conference center, Zvenigorod, Russia. (in English)

[11] Borschev, Vladimir, June 3, 2005. “Neighborhood Grammars and Model-Theoretic Syntax.” Accepted paper, International Conference Dialog-2005, Russian Academy of Sciences conference center, Zvenigorod, Russia. (in Russian)

[12] Partee, Barbara H., June 23, 2005. “Diathesis alternations and NP semantics”. Invited plenary lecture, Second International Conference on the “Meaning-Text” Theory (MTT-2005), Moscow.

[13] Partee, Barbara H., June 29, 2005. “Aspect, Referentiality, and Diathesis in Russian: Interacting Factors in the Genitive of Negation Construction.” Invited paper, Research Workshop on Theoretical and Cross-linguistic Approaches to the Semantics of Aspect, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. (In addition, Borschev chaired a session on Slavic aspect, and Partee chaired the final day’s wrap-up discussion June 30.)

[14] Paducheva, Elena, June 29, 2005. “ Incrementality and telicity: the case of delimitatives in Russian.” Invited paper, Research Workshop on Theoretical and Cross-linguistic Approaches to the Semantics of Aspect, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.

[15] Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, July 18-29 2005. Invited short course (lecture series), New York Institute, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia. Series Title: Formal and Lexical Semantics and Ontology

Lecture 1. Introduction to Lexical Semantics. Meaning postulates. Types of adjective meanings.

Lecture 2. Genitives I: The Many Meanings of 'Rodin's Lovers': Word Meaning, Phrase Meaning, and Semantic Creativity.

Lecture 3. Genitives II: Ontology and Metonymy. Semantic Sorts and Semantic Shifts in Genitive Constructions.

Lecture 4. The Russian Genitive of Negation I: The interaction of compositional semantics, lexical semantics, "Perspective Structure", and context in negated Existential Sentences: The sources of "semantic bleaching" in "weak verbs".

Lecture 5. The Russian Genitive of Negation II: The genitive of negation and diathesis shift.

[15] Borschev, Vladimir, January – July, 2005: presentations in Partee et al Research Seminar on Genitive of Negation, Moscow: (list of topics)

[16] Partee, Barbara H., January – July, 2005: presentations in Partee et al Research Seminar on Genitive of Negation, Moscow: (list of topics)

[17] Paducheva, Elena, January – July, 2005: presentations in Partee et al Research Seminar on Genitive of Negation, Moscow: (list of topics)

[18] Rakhilina, Ekaterina, May 12-14, 2005. “Grammaire des constructions et structure de l’anekdote russe [Construction grammar and the structure of the Russian anecdote]”. Colloque International Le texte dans la Russie contemporaine: Aspects linguistiques, culturels et politiques, Universite Setndal Grenoble III, Grenoble, France.

[19] Rakhilina, Ekaterina, January 11, 2005. “Grammatika konstrukcij i priroda kalambura [Construction Grammar and the theory of puns ]”. Invited lecture, seminar of the Institute of Slavistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

[20] Rakhilina, Ekaterina, January – July, 2005: presentations in Partee et al Research Seminar on Genitive of Negation, Moscow: A series of presentations on the findings of Mustajoki (1985) and Mustajoki and Heino (1991) on corpus-based investigation of the distribution of Russian Genitive of Negation.

[21] Testelets, Yakov, July 18-29 2005. Invited short course (lecture series), New York Institute, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia. Topic: Binding and Anaphora.

[22] Testelets, Yakov, January-July, 2005: presentations in Partee et al Research Seminar on Genitive of Negation, Moscow: (i) Genitive of Negation and the Internal Structure of Direct Object in Russian; (ii) Difficulties with Quantifier Scope Test for Russian Zero Copula Sentences; (iii) Syntactic Structure of Russian Locative Sentences: an Evaluation of Different Approaches

[23] Verbuk, Anna, May 6, 2005. “Russian Predicate Clefts as S-Topics”. Accepted conference presentation, Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 14, Princeton University.

[24] Verbuk, Anna, April 15, 2005. “Acquisition of Supplementary Expressions”, Poster presentation at conference “Experimental Pragmatics: Cognitive Basis of Conversation”, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.

[25] Verbuk, Anna, April 23, 2005. “The Semantics and Pragmatics of Russian Predicate Clefts”, Accepted conference presentation, FSIM (First Annual Workshop on Formal Semantics in Moscow), Moscow, Russia.

[26] Yanovich, Igor, December 25, 2004. “Serija neopredelennyx mestoimenij s nulevym pokazatelem neopredelennosti” (“A series of indefinite pronouns with a null indefiniteness marker”), a talk at the Construction Grammar seminar of E.V. Rakhilina, Moscow State University, Moscow.

[27] Yanovich, Igor, March 13, 2005. “Choice-functional series of indefinite pronouns and Hamblin semantics”, a talk at the Formal Semantics seminar of B.H. Partee, Moscow State University, Moscow.

[28] Yanovich, Igor, March 25, 2005. “Choice-functional series of indefinite pronouns and Hamblin semantics”, a talk at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 15 (SALT 15), UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. The handout is available at here.

[29] Yanovich, Igor and Olga Fedorova, May 7, 2005. “Early preferences in RC-attachment in Russian: The effect of Working Memory differences”. Accepted talk at FASL 14, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Talks Year 2  (2005-2006)

Paducheva, Elena and Pentus, Mati, April 15, 2006, Second Annual Workshop: Formal Semantics in Moscow, invited talk: Formal'naja i neformal'naja semantika predel'nosti. ‘Formal and non-formal semantics of telicity.’

Paducheva, Elena, September 8-10, 2006, accepted paper, Imperfective of negation in Russian. First biennial meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society. Bloomington, Indiana.

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, September 12--16, 2005. The Sixth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation, Batumi, Georgia. Invited lecture: Diathesis and Referentiality: Interacting Factors in the Russian Genitive of Negation Construction

Partee, Barbara H., December 1, 2005. Smith College: Sixth Annual Alice Lazerowitz/Tom Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture: Negation and Intensionality: A Puzzle in the Logic of Natural Language

Partee, Barbara H. Invitation for a semester in New Zealand spring 2006 (Feb 17- June 2), University of Canterbury Visiting Erskine Fellowship , Christchurch, New Zealand. A course in semantics for linguistics and philosophy students: “The Structure of Meaning".

Partee, Barbara H., Feb 17- June 9, 2006, University of Canterbury Visiting Erskine Fellowship, Christchurch, New Zealand. A special topics course in semantics for undergraduate linguistics majors: “The Structure of  Meaning", with auditing by faculty and graduate students in linguistics and philosophy.

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, April 3, 2006: University of Canterbury Linguistics Dept colloquium: Puzzles of Predicate Possessives. 

Partee, Barbara H., May 9, 2006: University of Canterbury Philosophy Dept colloq: Negation and Intensionality: A Puzzle in the Logic of Natural Language 

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, May 19, 2006, Victoria University of Wellington, Linguistics Dept colloquium, Partee and Borschev: The Semantics of Russian Genitive of Negation: The Nature and Role of Perspectival Structure.

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, August 23-26, 2006, Budapest/Besenyotelek, Hungary, invited paper: “Information structure, perspectival structure, diathesis alternation, and the Russian genitive of negation” at the Ninth Symposium on Logic and Language, organized by the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Schwarz, Florian, March 24, 2006. “On NEEDING Propositions and LOOKING FOR Properties”, a talk at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 16 (SALT 16), University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. The handout is available at http://people.umass.edu/florian/SALT16FShoprint.pdf

Schwarz, Florian, June 15, 2006. "A proposition for 'need' (and a property for 'look for')", a talk at the Milan Meeting 2006, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Testelets, Yakov, September 2006. Russian version of “Zero Copula and Matrix Small Clause in Russian.” to be presented at the A.A. Kholodovich memorial conference in St. Petersburg to be held at the Institut lingvisticheskix issledovanij of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN).

Verbuk, Anna, November 30-Dec 2, 2005.  “Russian Predicate Clefts as a Case of S-Topic Constructions.” Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL-6), Potsdam.

Yanovich, Igor and O. Fedorova, September 29, 2005. “Lexically Modifying Binding Restrictions: Case for a Variable-free Binding Theory”. Talk at Colloque de Syntaxe et Sémantique à Paris 2005, Paris, France. 

Yanovich, Igor, and Olga Fedorova, September 2005. "Emergence of Principle B: A variable-free approach". Poster presentation (accepted as a paper, but authors were unable to attend, and organizers have agreed to convert it to a poster in absentia.) International Conference: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA), University of Siena, Siena, Italy. 

Yanovich, Igor, November 30- Dec 2, 2005. “Russian -nibud’ as obligatorily Skolemized choice function”. Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL-6), Potsdam.

Yanovich, Igor, April 15, 2006. “Ordinary property and identifying property wh-words: two kakoj-s in Russian”. Talk at Workshop: Formal Semantics in Moscow 2, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

 

Talks Year 3 (2006-2007)

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, September 8-10, 2006, invited keynote speakers, first biennial meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society, Bloomington, Indiana.

Borschev, Vladimir and Barbara H. Partee, November 3, 2006 , invited Linguistics colloquium, University of Connecticut , Storrs : “Sentential and Constituent Negation in Russian BE-sentences Revisited”

Partee, Barbara H. November 13, 2006, invited lecture, Humanities and Social Science division of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam.

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev, November 2006: invited lectures at Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark; Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden; Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands; the last is in connection with the PIONIER project "Case cross-linguistically”, directed by Helen de Hoop and colleagues, where we will serve as consultants for their project and they for ours.

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev. November 15-16, 2006.TAM TAM Workshop: Cross-linguistic semantics of Tense, Aspect, and Modality, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, linguistics department, Invited speakers. Verbal Semantic Shifts under Negation, Intensionality, and Imperfectivity: Russian Genitive Subjects and Objects. (Organizers: Lotte Hogeweg, Helen de Hoop, Andrej Malchukov, Joost Zwarts)

Partee, Barbara H. November 20, Gothenburg University, Sweden, Invited general-audience talk. “The Many Meanings of 'Rodin's Lovers': Word Meaning, Phrase Meaning, and Semantic Creativity." 

Partee, Barbara H. November 21, Gothenburg University, Philosophy Department colloquium, "Compositionality and coercion" (Dag Westerståhl, host)

Partee, Barbara H. and Vladimir Borschev. Gothenburg University, Linguistics Department colloquium, :“The Semantics of Russian Genitive of Negation: The Nature and Role of Perspectival Structure.”  (Robin Cooper (Ph.D. UMass) and Elisabet Engdahl (Ph.D., UMass), hosts)

Nov 23, Copenhagen Business School, Workshop on Ontology and the Role of World Knowledge in Natural Language Semantics. Invited speakers: 
Barbara H. Partee, “Modularity in the role(s) of world knowledge in natural language semantics.”  

Vladimir Borschev, ‘Linguistic and ontological constraints on the Russian “Genitive of Measure” construction’  (Abstract done and sent Nov 6)

(host and organizer, Per Anker Jensen)

Nov 28, Verbuk, Anna. 2006. “The Acquisition of the Russian Or" Talk given at WECOL 2006 Western Conference on Linguistics California State University, Fresno. [PDF handout]

March 23, Borschev, Vladimir and Barbara H. Partee. “Bytijnye i locativnye predloženija - čto ix različaetč Tema-rematičeskaja struktura ili diateza” [Existential and locative sentences – What distinguishes them? Theme-rheme structure or diathesis?] Invited seminar talk, Seminar series “Linguistic Foundations of Information Technologies”, Institute for Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. [PDF Handout]

March 31, Partee, Barbara H. “Type Theory and Natural Language: Do We Need Two Basic Types?” Invited seminar talk, Seminar series “Applications of mathematical methods in linguistics” directed by V.A. Uspensky and M.R.Pentus, Moscow State University. [PDF Handout] (Based on Partee’s squib in Krifka's 50th birthday fest.)

April 5-6, Partee, Barbara H. “A Brief History of the Syntax-Semantics Interface in Western Formal Linguistics”, Invited Talk, Student Conference: Syntactic Structures Moscow 2007, Russian State Humanities University, Moscow [PDF Handout]

April 13, Borschev, Vladimir and Barbara H. Partee. Russian version of co-authored FASL 14 paper, invited talk in the Cognitive Linguistics seminar series directed by Valery Solovev, Kazan State University, Kazan.

April 28, Partee, Barbara H. Not a talk, but Honorary Mentor, Third Annual Student Workshop “Formal Semantics in Moscow”, Moscow State University, Moscow.

May 6, Vladimir Borschev, Elena V. Paducheva, Barbara H. Partee, Yakov G. Testelets, Igor Yanovich. “Russian genitives, non-referentiality, and the property-type hypothesis” Accepted conference presentation, Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 16, Stony Brook University. [PDF abstract]

Rakhilina, Ekaterina March 8, 2007. "Russian Genitive of Negation: Approaches and Problems to be solved." University of Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Rakhilina, Ekaterina, March 12, 19, 2007. "Syntax of Russian Genitive constructions." Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Rakhilina, Ekaterina March 13, 2007. "Genitive of Quantity of the type GORA BUMAG 'Hill of papers.'" Institute des Ètudes Slaves, Paris.

Rakhilina, Ekaterina March 21, 2007. "Genitive of Quantity of the type GORA BUMAG 'Hill of papers'" University of Lyon II.

Rakhilina, Ekaterina, April 5-6, 2007: "Syntax, Semantics and Construction Grammar." Invited Talk, Student Conference: Syntactic Structures Moscow 2007, Russian State Humanities University, Moscow

Future Talks 

May 25, Moulton, Keir. "Athapaskan Internal Heads are Definitely not Indefinite.” Accepted conference presentation, SULA 4 (Semantics of Under-Represented Languages of the Americas), University of São Paulo, Brazil. [PDF abstract]