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  1. Barbara H. Partee, Formal Semantics.
    Formal semantics is an approach to SEMANTICS1, the study of meaning, with roots in logic, the philosophy of language, and linguistics, and since the 1980’s a core area of linguistic theory. Characteristics of formal semantics to be treated in this article include the following: Formal semanticists treat meaning as mind-independent (though abstract), contrasting with the view of meanings as concepts “in the head” (see I-LANGUAGE AND E-LANGUAGE and MEANING EXTERNALISM AND INTERNALISM); formal semanticists distinguish semantics from knowledge of semantics (Lewis (...)
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  2. Barbara H. Partee, Information Structure, Perspectival Structure, Diathesis Alternation, and the Russian Genitive of Negation.
    The Russian Genitive of Negation construction (Gen Neg) involves case alternation between Genitive and the two structural cases, Nominative and Accusative.1 The factors governing the alternation have been a matter of debate for many decades, and there is a huge literature. Here we focus on one central issue and its theoretical ramifications. The theoretical issue is the following. The same truth-conditional content can often be structured in more than one way; we believe that there is a distinction between choices in (...)
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  3. Barbara H. Partee, Table of Contents.
    Montague (1970a) presented a semantic treatment of adjectives which he credited to unpublished work done independently by Hans Kamp and Terence Parsons; that work, and similar independent work of Romane Clark, was subsequently published (Clark 1970, Kamp 1975, Parsons 1970). The central claim in that work was that adjective meanings should be analyzed as functions from properties to properties. Among adjective meanings, some might satisfy further constraints such as intersectivity or subsectivity, but no such constraint can be imposed on the (...)
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  4. Barbara H. Partee, The Semantics Adventure.
    For me the adventure began just 50 years ago, here at MIT in 1961. The Chomskian revolution had just begun, and Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle had just opened up a PhD program in Linguistics, and I came in the first class. I want to start by thanking Chomsky and Halle for building that program, and I thank MIT and the Research Laboratory of Electronics for supporting it. I’m indebted to Chomsky for revolutionizing the field of linguistics and making it (...)
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  5. Barbara H. Partee, Symmetry and Symmetrical Predicates.
    “Symmetrical predicates” have distinctive linguistic properties in many languages. But the concept of “symmetry” merits closer examination. Consider the surprising claim by the psychologist Amos Tversky (1977) that the concept ‘similar’, a standard example of a symmetrical predicate, is in fact not symmetrical. Tversky’s evidence includes the fact that experimental subjects generally rate (1a) as holding to a higher degree than (1b). (1) a. North Korea is similar to Red China. b. Red China is similar to North Korea.
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  6. Barbara Hall Partee (forthcoming). Negation, Conjunction, and Quantifiers: Syntax Vs. Semantics. Foundations of Language.
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  7. Michael Glanzberg, Barbara H. Partee & Jurģis Šķilters (2011). Editors' Introduction. The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 6 (1).
    The papers published in this volume were presented at the 6th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication, entitled ‘Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context, and Models’, taking place at the University of Latvia, Riga, initially scheduled for April 2010.
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  8. Barbara H. Partee (2011). Formal Semantics: Origins, Issues, Early Impact. The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 6 (1):13.
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  9. Barbara H. Partee (2008). Negation, Intensionality, and Aspect: Interaction with NP Semantics. In Susan Rothstein (ed.), Theoretical and Crosslinguistic Approaches to the Semantics of Aspect. John Benjamins. 110--291.
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  10. Barbara H. Partee (2006). Richard Montague (1930-1971). In Keith Brown (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier. 8--255.
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  11. Hans Kamp & Barbara Hall Partee (eds.) (2004). Context-Dependence in the Analysis of Linguistic Meaning. Elsevier.
    Does context and context-dependence belong to the research agenda of semantics - and, specifically, of formal semantics? Not so long ago many linguists and philosophers would probably have given a negative answer to the question. However, recent developments in formal semantics have indicated that analyzing natural language semantics without a thorough accommodation of context-dependence is next to impossible. The classification of the ways in which context and context-dependence enter semantic analysis, though, is still a matter of much controversy and some (...)
     
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  12. Barbara H. Partee (2004). Comments on Jason Stanley's “on the Linguistic Basis for Contextualism”. Philosophical Studies 119 (1-2):147-159.
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  13. Barbara Hall Partee (2004). Compositionality in Formal Semantics: Selected Papers of Barbara Partee. Blackwell Pub..
     
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  14. Barbara H. Partee (1997). Genitives: A Case Study. In Benthem & Meulen (eds.), Handbook of Logic and Language. Mit Press. 464--470.
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  15. Barbara H. Partee (1997). Montague Semantics. In Benthem & Meulen (eds.), Handbook of Logic and Language. Mit Press. 5--91.
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  16. Barbara H. Partee (1996). The Development of Formal Semantics in Linguistic Theory. In Shalom Lappin (ed.), The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory. Blackwell Reference. 11--38.
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  17. Barbara H. Partee (1995). Emmon Bach. Eloise Jelinek, Angelika Kratzer And. In Emmon Bach, Eloise Jelinek, Angelika Kratzer & Barbara Partee (eds.), Quantification in Natural Languages. Kluwer. 2--1.
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  18. Barbara H. Partee (1995). Quantificational Structures and Compositionality. In. In Emmon Bach, Eloise Jelinek, Angelika Kratzer & Barbara Partee (eds.), Quantification in Natural Languages. Kluwer. 541--601.
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  19. Barbara H. Partee (1988). Semantic Facts and Psychological Facts. Mind and Language 3 (1):43-52.
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  20. Barbara H. Partee (1985). Situations, Worlds and Contexts. Linguistics and Philosophy 8 (1):53--58.
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  21. Emmon Bach & Barbara H. Partee (1980). Anaphora and Semantic Structure. In Barbara H. Partee (ed.), Compositionality in Formal Semantics - Selected Papers by Barbara H. Partee. Blackwell. 122--152.
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  22. Barbara H. Partee (1978). Bound Variables and Other Anaphors. In , Compositionality in Formal Semantics - Selected Papers by Barbara H. Partee. Blackwell. 110--121.
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  23. Barbara H. Partee (1977). Possible Worlds Semantics and Linguistic Theory. The Monist 60 (3):303-326.
  24. Barbara Hall Partee (1973). Some Structural Analogies Between Tenses and Pronouns in English. Journal of Philosophy 70 (18):601-609.
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  25. Barbara Hall Partee (1970). Opacity, Coreference, and Pronouns. Synthese 21 (3-4):359 - 385.
    The problem discussed here is to find a basis for a uniform treatment of the relation between pronouns and their antecedents, taking into account both linguists' and philosophers' approaches. The two main candidates would appear to be the linguists' notion of coreference and the philosophers' notion of pronouns as variables. The notion of coreference can be extended to many but not all cases where the antecedent is non-referential. The pronouns-as-variables approach appears to come closer to full generality, but there are (...)
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