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  1. Paul Portner, A Syntactic Analysis of Interpretive Restrictions on Imperative, Promissive, and Exhortative Subjects.
    In this paper we address a long standing issue concerning imperative subjects: What explains their semantic association with the addressee? We do so by working at the intersection of syntax and semantics and by taking into account data from two other clause types, exhortatives and promissives. These types are minimally different from imperatives and yet have not been examined in the same light. We will show that, by adding these missing pieces to the puzzle, we obtain a clearer picture of (...)
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  2. Paul Portner, Claudia Maienborn & Klaus von Heusinger (eds.) (forthcoming). Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. de Gruyter.
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  3. Klaus von Heusinger, Claudia Maienborn & Paul Portner (eds.) (2012). Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. De Gruyter Mouton.
     
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  4. Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger & Paul Portner (eds.) (2011). Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. De Gruyter Mouton.
    I. Foundations of semantics 1. Meaning in linguistics 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Introduction Truth Compositionality Context and discourse Meaning in contemporary ...
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  5. Paul Portner (2011). Perfect and Progressive. In Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger & Paul Portner (eds.), Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. De Gruyter Mouton. 1.
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  6. Paul Portner (2007). Imperatives and Modals. Natural Language Semantics 15 (4):351-383.
    Imperatives may be interpreted with many subvarieties of directive force, for example as orders, invitations, or pieces of advice. I argue that the range of meanings that imperatives can convey should be identified with the variety of interpretations that are possible for non-dynamic root modals (what I call ‘priority modals’), including deontic, bouletic, and teleological readings. This paper presents an analysis of the relationship between imperatives and priority modals in discourse which asserts that, just as declaratives contribute to the Common (...)
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  7. Paul Portner (2005). What is Meaning?: Fundamentals of Formal Semantics. Blackwell Pub..
     
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  8. Paul Portner (2003). The (Temporal) Semantics and (Modal) Pragmatics of the Perfect. Linguistics and Philosophy 26 (4):459-510.
    The English perfect involves two fundamental components of meaning: a truth-conditional one involving temporal notions and a current relevance presupposition best expressed in terms drawn from the analysis of modality. The proposal made here draws much for the Extended Now theory (McCoard 1978 and others), but improves on it by showing that many aspects of the perfect's meaning may be factored out into independent semantic or pragmatic principles.
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  9. Paul Portner & Katsuhiko Yabushita (1998). The Semantics and Pragmatics of Topic Phrases. Linguistics and Philosophy 21 (2):117-157.
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  10. Paul Portner (1997). The Semantics of Mood, Complementation, and Conversational Force. Natural Language Semantics 5 (2):167-212.
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  11. Paul Portner (1995). Quantification, Events, and Gerunds. In. In Emmon Bach, Eloise Jelinek, Angelika Kratzer & Barbara Partee (eds.), Quantification in Natural Languages. Kluwer. 619--659.
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