Peter Nathan Lasersohn

 Peter Lasersohn

Contact Information

University of Illinois
Dept. of Linguistics, MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
USA

Office: 4096 Foreign Languages Bldg.

Office Hours

  • Fall Semester 2018: Tuesdays, Fridays 1:00–3:00
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Philosophy of Language

Research Description

My main interest is in formal semantic theory for natural language. More particularly, my work has focused on "event-based" semantic theories, on the semantics of plural and coordinate constructions, pragmatic  vagueness, and relative truth. I also have broader interests in logic, pragmatics, mathematical linguistics, and the philosophy of language.

Education

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1988
  • M.A., Ohio State University, 1985
  • B.A., Earlham College, 1981

Selected Publications

Books

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Lasersohn, Peter Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics Oxford Oxford University Press 2017.
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Plurality, Conjunction and Events Dordrecht Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995.
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A Semantics for Groups and Events New York Garland Publishing 1990.

Journal Articles

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Lasersohn, Peter Non-World Indices and Assessment-Sensitivity Inquiry 56 2-3 2013, p. 122-148.
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Contextualism and Compositionality Linguistics and Philosophy 35 2 2012, p. 171-189.
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Context, Relevant Parts and (Lack of) Disagreement over Taste Philosophical Studies 156 3 2011, p. 433-439.
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Quantification and Perspective in Relativist Semantics Philosophical Perspectives 22 2008, p. 305-337.
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Expressives, Perspective and Presupposition Theoretical Linguistics 33 2 2007, p. 223-230.
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Context Dependence, Disagreement, and Predicates of Personal Taste Linguistics and Philosophy 28 6 2005, p. 643-686.
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Parts, Wholes and 'Still' Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 29 1 1999, p. 81-85.
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Pragmatic Halos Language 75 3 1999, p. 522-551.
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Generalized Distributivity Operators Linguistics and Philosophy 21 1 1998, p. 83-93.
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Bare Plurals and Donkey Anaphora Natural Language Semantics 5 1 1997, p. 79-86.
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Sounds Like 'Like' Linguistic Analysis 25 1-2 1995, p. 70-77.
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Existence Presuppositions and Background Knowledge Journal of Semantics 10 2 1993, p. 113-122.
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Generalized Conjunction and Temporal Modification Linguistics and Philosophy 15 4 1992, p. 381-410.
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Group Action and Spatio-Temporal Proximity Linguistics and Philosophy 13 2 1990, p. 179-206.
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Inclusion-Checking, Exclusion-Checking, and Cumulativity Texas Linguistic Forum 31 1989, p. 55-70.
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On the Readings of Plural Noun Phrases Linguistic Inquiry 20 1 1989, p. 130-134.

Book Contributions

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Common Nouns as Variables: Evidence from Conservativity and the Temperature Paradox Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21 Common Nouns as Variables: Evidence from Conservativity and the Temperature Paradox 2018, p. 731–746.
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Compositional Interpretation in which the Meanings of Complex Expressions are not Computable from the Meanings of their Parts Theory and Evidence in Semantics edited by John Nerbonne, edited by Erhard Hinrichs. Compositional Interpretation in which the Meanings of Complex Expressions are not Computable from the Meanings of their Parts Edited by John Nerbonne, Edited by Erhard Hinrichs, Stanford, Calif. CSLI Publications 2009, p. 133-158.
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'Same', Models and Representation Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory X edited by Brendan Jackson, edited by Tanya Matthews. 'Same', Models and Representation Edited by Brendan Jackson, Edited by Tanya Matthews, Ithaca, N.Y. CLC Publications 2000, p. 83-97.
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Events in the Semantics of Collectivizing Adverbials Events and Grammar Events in the Semantics of Collectivizing Adverbials Dordrecht Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998, p. 273-292.
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Adnominal Conditionals Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory VI edited by Teresa Galloway, edited by Justin Spence. Adnominal Conditionals Edited by Teresa Galloway, Edited by Justin Spence, Ithaca, N.Y. CLC Publications 1996, p. 154-166.
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Lexical Distributivity and Implicit Arguments Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory III edited by Utpal Lahiri, edited by Adam Wyner. Lexical Distributivity and Implicit Arguments Edited by Utpal Lahiri, Edited by Adam Wyner, Ithaca, N.Y. CLC Publications 1993, p. 145-161.
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Collective Nouns and Distributive Determiners Papers from the 23rd Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Part One: The General Session edited by Barbara Need, edited by Eric Schiller, edited by Anna Bosch. Collective Nouns and Distributive Determiners Edited by Barbara Need, Edited by Eric Schiller, Edited by Anna Bosch, Chicago Chicago Linguistic Society 1987, p. 215-229.
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The Semantics of Appositive and Pseudo-Appositive NP’s ESCOL 86: Proceedings of the Third Eastern States Conference on Linguistics edited by Fred Marshall. The Semantics of Appositive and Pseudo-Appositive NP’s Edited by Fred Marshall, Columbus, Oh. Ohio State University 1986, p. 311-322.

Encyclopedia Entries

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Mass Nouns and Plurals Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning Berlin DeGruyter 2011.
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Event-Based Semantics Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd ed. Amsterdam Elsevier 2006.
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Plurality Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd ed. Amsterdam Elsevier 2006.

Reviews

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Complex Demonstratives: A Quantificational Account by Jeffrey King. Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 32 2 Source Author Jeffrey King, 2005, p. 91-94.
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Flexibility Principles in Boolean Semantics by Yoad Winter. Applied Psycholinguistics 24 2 Source Author Yoad Winter, 2003, p. 317-319.