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Events and Semantic Architecture

Paul M. Pietroski


This book articulates and defends a simple conception of semantic composition: when two meaningful expressions are concatenated, the result is understood as a conjunction of monadic predicates; in human languages, concatenation always signifies predicate conjunction. From this ‘Conjunctivist’ perspective, simple cases of adjunction (like ‘black cat’) are paradigms, and neo-Davidsonian event analyzes rightly associate certain grammatical relations with thematic roles. The sentence ‘Fido chased Garfield yesterday’ means, roughly, that something satisfies four conditions: its Agent was Fido, it w ... More

Keywords: concatenation, conjunction, predicates, function application, events, thematic roles, arguments, adjuncts

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244300
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244300.001.0001


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Paul M. Pietroski, author
University of Maryland
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