Peter Nathan Lasersohn

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Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor of Linguistics
Professor of Philosophy

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Office Hours

  • Spring Semester 2018: Tuesdays, Thursdays 2:00–4:00

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.


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



  • 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


  • 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. <>.

Research keywords

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