Peter Nathan Lasersohn

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Director of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Advisor for the Undergraduate Major and Minor in Linguistics, Professor of Linguistics
Professor of Philosophy

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Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Fall Semester 2017: Mondays, Thursdays 1:00–3:00

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 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

Publications

Books

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

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Book Contributions

Journal Articles

Encyclopedia Entries

Reviews

  • Rev. of Complex Demonstratives: A Quantificational Account, by Jeffrey C. King. Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 32.2 (2005): 91-94.
  • Rev. of Flexibility Principles in Boolean Semantics, by Yoad Winter. Applied Psycholinguistics 24.2 (2003): 317-319. <http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0142716403210122>.

Research keywords

  • Formal Semantic Theory, Pragmatics, Mathematical Linguistics, Philosophy of Language