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Publications

 

[in preparation]

Portner, Paul. Mood. Oxford University Press (Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics).

Portner, Paul. Imperatives.  To appear in Maria Aloni and Robert van Rooij, eds. Cambridge Handbook of Semantics.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

[2013]

Portner, Paul and Aynat Rubinstein, Mood and Contextual Commitment. In Anca Chereches, ed., The Proceedings of SALT 22. CLC Publications, 461-487. http://elanguage.net/journals/salt/article/view/22.461/3533

Katz, Graham, Paul Portner, and Aynat Rubinstein, Ordering Combination for Modal Comparison. In Anca Chereches, ed., The Proceedings of SALT 22. CLC Publications, 488-507. http://elanguage.net/journals/salt/article/view/22.488/3532

Aynat Rubinstein; Hillary Harner; Elizabeth Krawczyk; Daniel Simonson; Graham Katz; Paul Portner, Toward Fine-grained Annotation of Modality in Text. In Proceedings of IWCS 2013 Workshop on Annotation of Modal Meanings in Natural Language (WAMM). Potsdam, Germany: Association for Computational Linguistics. http://aclweb.org/anthology-new/W/W13/W13-0306.pdf

[2012]

Zanuttini, R, M. Pak and P. Portner, A Syntactic Analysis of Interpretive Restrictions on Imperative, Promissive, and Exhortative Subjects. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory,30.4, pp. 1231-1274.

Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Volume 3. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Portner, Paul. Permission and Choice. In Günther Grewendorf and Thomas Ede Zimmermann, eds., Discourse and Grammar. From Sentence Types to Lexical Categories. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (Studies in Generative Grammar).

[2011]

Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Volume 1. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Volume 2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Portner, Paul. Perfect and Progressive, in Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner, eds., Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Vol. 2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Portner, Paul. Verbal Mood, in Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner, eds., Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Vol. 2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

[2010]

Steinhauer, K., Drury, J.E., Portner, P., Walenski, M., Ullman, M.T. (2010). “Syntax, Concepts, and Logic in the Temporal Dynamics of Language Comprehension: Evidence from Event-Related Potentials”, Neuropsychologia, 48. 1525-1542.

[2009]

Portner, Paul. Modality. Oxford University Press (Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics).

[2008]

Portner, Paul. Beyond the Common Ground: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Epistemic Modals, in Jong Yurl Yoon and Kyoung Ae Kim, eds., The Perspectives of Linguistics in the 21st Century. Seoul: Hankook Munhwasa, 1-18.

Pak, Miok, Paul Portner, and Raffaella Zanuttini. (2008).  “Agreement in promissive, imperative, and exhortative clauses”, Korean Linguistics 14, 157–175.

[2007]

Portner, Paul. Imperatives and Modals. Natural Language Semantics 15(4), 351-383.

Portner, Paul. Instructions for Interpretation as Separate Performatives, in K. Schwabe and S. Winkler, eds., On Information Structure, Meaning and Form. John Benjamins, 407-426.

[2006]

Portner, Paul. Semantics, in Jeff Connor-Linton and Ralph Fasold, eds., An Introduction to Language and Linguistics.   Cambridge University Press.

Zanuttini, Raffaella, Héctor Campos, Elena Herburger, and Paul Portner, eds. GURT 2004 Proceedings. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

[2005]

Portner, Paul. "The Semantics of Imperatives within a Theory of Clause Types". In Kazuha Watanabe and Robert B. Young, eds., Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 14. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications. Available at semanticsarchive.net.

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini.   "Nominal Exclamatives in English".   In Ellipsis and Non-Sentential Speech , edited by Robert Stainton and Ray Elugardo, Dordrecht:   Kluwer Academic Publishers (Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy series), 57-67.

[2004]

Portner, Paul. What is Meaning? Fundamentals of Formal Semantics.   Oxford:   Blackwell.

[2003]

Portner, Paul.   "The Temporal Semantics and Modal Pragmatics of the Perfect",   Linguistics and Philosophy 26, 459-510.

Zanuttini, Raffaella and Paul Portner.   "Exclamative Clauses: At the Syntax-Semantics Interface",   Language 79(1), 39-81.

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood".   In The Second Glot International State-of-the-Article Book , Lisa Cheng and Rint Sybesma, ed.,   Berlin and New York:   Mouton de Gruyter.   (Updated version of the GLOT paper published in 1999)

[2002]

Portner, Paul.   Topicality and (Non-)Specificity in Mandarin.   Journal of Semantics 19, 275-287.

Kuhn, Steve and Paul Portner, "Tense and Time".   In the Handbook of Philosophical Logic, Volume VI (2nd Ed.), D. Gabbay and F. Guenthner, eds., Dordrecht:   D. Reidel Publishing Company, 277-346.

Portner, Paul and Barbara Partee, eds., Formal Semantics:   The Essential Readings , Oxford:   Blackwell.

[2001]

 Zanuttini, Raffaella and Paul Portner.   "Exclamative Clauses at the Syntax-Semantics Interface", in ZAS Working Papers, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin.

Portner, Paul and Katsuhiko Yabushita, "Specific Indefinites and the Information Structure Theory of Topics",   Journal of Semantics, 18, 271-97.

[2000]

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Characterization of Exclamative Clauses in Paduan", Language 76(1), 123-32.

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Force of Negation in Wh Exclamatives and Interrogatives".   In L. Horn and Y. Kato, eds., Studies in Negation and Polarity, Oxford:   Oxford University Press, 193-231.

[1999]

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "Types of Clauses:   A Case Study in Exclamatives". In Carlota Smith, ed., Proceedings of the Symposium on Non-Narrative Discourse , University of Texas Working Papers in Linguistics, Austin.

Portner, Paul, "Review of Quantifiers, Logic, and Language ", Journal of Linguistics 35, 171-78.

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood", GLOT International 4.1, 3-9.

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Force of Negation in Wh Exlamatives and Interrogatives", in Quaderni di lavoro dell'ASIS , Paola Benincà and Cecilia Poletto, eds., Pp. 38.

[1998]

Portner, Paul, "The Progressive in Modal Semantics", Language 74(4), 760-87.

Portner, Paul and Katsuhiko Yabushita, "The Semantics and Pragmatics of Topic Phrases", Linguistics and Philosophy 21, 117-157.

[1997]

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood, Complementation, and Conversational Force", Natural Language Semantics 5, 167-212.

[1996]

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Syntax and Semantics of Scalar Negation:   Evidence from Paduan". In Kiyomi Kusumoto, ed., The Proceedings of NELS 26, Amhest:   GLSA, 257-271.

Portner, Paul, "Modal Discourse Referents and the Semantics-Pragmatics Boundary". In V. Miglio, ed., Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics , 224-255.

[1995]

Portner, Paul, "Quantification, Events, and Gerunds".   In E. Bach, E. Jelinek, A. Kratzer, and B. Partee, eds., Quantification in Natural Language, Dordrecht and Boston:   Kluwer Academic Publishers, 619-659.

[1994]

Portner, Paul, "A Uniform Semantics for Aspectual -ing ".   In Mercè Gonzàlez, ed., The Proceedings of NELS 24, GLSA, Amherst, 507-517.

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Complementizers".   In Amy Schafer, ed., The Proceeding of NELS 23, GLSA, Amherst, 399-413.

[1992]

Situation Theory and the Semantics of Propositional Expressions. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mentor: Barbara Hall Partee. Available from GLSA.

[1991]

Portner, Paul, "Gerunds and Types of Events".   In S. Moore and A. Z. Wyner, eds., The Proceedings of SALT I,   Cornell University Working Papers in Linguistics, 189-208.

Portner, Paul, "Interpreting Gerunds in Complement Positions".   In Dawn Bates, ed., The Proceedings of WCCFL X, Stanford Linguistics Association 375-385.

[1989]

Portner, Paul, "Processing Indefinite Noun Phrases in Quantified Sentences", Five College Papers in Cognitive Science 89-3, Pp. 78.

 

Presentations

[2013]

Contextual commitment and desire predicates. Poster presentation at the International Congress of Linguists, Geneva, July 21-27. (Co-authored with Aynat Rubinstein).

Imperatives and graded modality, invited talk given at MACSIM, John Hopkins University, April 13, 2013.

The root character of jussive clauses, invited talk presented at the LSA symposium "The privilege of the root", Jan 6, 2013.  (Co-authored with Raffaella Zanuttini and Miok Pak;  presented by Raffaella Zanuttini).

Toward Fine-grained Annotation of Modality in Text, talk presented at IWCS 2013 workshop on Modality annotation.  (Co-authored with Aynat Rubinstein, Hillary Harner, Elizabeth Krawczyk, Daniel Simonson, Graham Katz)

[2012]

Comments on Moss's paper, invited commentary given at the Workshop on Semantics and Philosophy, University of Michigan, December 9, 2012.

Ordering semantics and comparisons of probability, invited talk given at Harvard, November 30, 2012.

Developing a methodology for modality-type annotations on a large scale, talk at Modality@Ottawa Workshop. (Co-authored with Aynat Rubinstein, Dan Simonson, Joo Chung, Hillary Harner, Graham Katz.  Presented by Aynat Rubinstein.)

Ordering Combination for Modal Comparison, poster presentation at Semantics and Linguistic Theory, the University of Chicago, May 19, 2012 (with Graham Katz and Aynat Rubinstein).

Mood and Contextual Commitment, invited talk at Semantics and Linguistic Theory, the University of Chicago, May 18, 2012.

Clause Types in Context, invited talk at the University of Delaware, May 4, 2012

Orderings in Context, invited lecture at the Swiss Graduate School, Champéry, January 23, 2012.

Scales for Modals, invited lecture at the Swiss Graduate School, Champéry, January 24, 2012.

[2011]

Clause Types in Context, invited talk at the Meaning in Context conference, North Carolina State University (LACSI, Department of Philosophy), September 23-24, 2011; similar talk presented at NYU (October 28, 2011) and the University of Delaware (May 4, 2012).

Two Types of Scales for Gradable Modal Expressions, talk presented at the University of British Columbia, February 7, 2011

[2010]

Imperatives and the Analysis of Permission and Choice, talk presented at the Ohio State University, February 5, 2010.

Imperatives and the Analysis of Permission and Choice, talk presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 12, 2010.

Variation in Strength, Unity of Type: Permission and Requirement Imperatives, talk presented at the ThirdColloquium on Semantics and Philosophy in Europe, May 28, 2010.

Free Choice with Imperatives and Modals, talk presented at the Workshop on the Interface between Syntax and Semantics/Pragmatics, Tokyo, September 11, 2010.

The Gradability of Modals, talk presented at the Workshop on the Interface between Syntax and Semantics/Pragmatics, Tokyo, September 12, 2010.

[2009]

Permission and Choice, talked presented at the University of Pennsylvania, November 19, 2009.

Permission and Choice, talk presented at the converence "Ten Years After" at the University of Frankfurt, June 26, 2009.

Permission and Modality. (I was scheduled to give this talk at the University of Connecticut, March 20, 2009, but had to cancel because my flight was cancelled at the last minute.)

[2008]

Two problems about permission, talk presented at the University of Chicago, October 23, 2008.

Scales of Probability, talk presented at the University of Chicago, October 24, 2008.

Performativity and Modality, talk presented at Rutgers University, March 28, 2008.

[2007]

Beyond the Common Ground: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Epistemic Modals. Invited talk at the International Conference on Linguistics in Korea, Seoul National University, January 19-20, 2007. References.

[2006]

Comments on Faller's Paper, talk presented at the Workshop on Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, November 3-5, 2006.

[2005]

What Korean Promissives tell us about Jussive Clause Types, talk presented as the Colloque de syntaxe e sémantique à Paris, Paris, September 30, 2005. (With Raffaella Zanuttini and Miok Pak) Handout.

[2004]

"Content Management is Expressive and Performative", invited talk delivered at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, March 11, 2005.

"Instructions for Interpretation as Separate Performatives", invited talk delivered at the Harvard-MIT-UConn workshop on Indexicality, Speech Acts, and Logophors. [Handout]

"Vocatives and Topics as Separate Performatives", colloquium delivered at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Octobert 22, 2004.

"The Semantics of Imperatives within a Theory of Clause Types", talk delivered at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 14, Northwestern University. The paper is available on [semanticsarchive.net]

"Vocatives, Topics, and Imperatives", invited talk delivered at the IMS workshop on Information Structure, Bad Teinach, Germany, July 16, 2004. [Handout]

"Clause Typing in Imperatives: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective", talk delivered at the Georgetown University Roud Table, Washington. March 26-29, 2004. (With Simon Mauck, Miok Pak, Raffaella Zanuttini)

"What can we learn about information structure from Imperatives?   The lack of specific indefinites", invited talk delivered at the Workshop on Information Structure and Grammar, Tübingen, Feb 1-2, 2004.

[2003]

"Clause Typing and the Semantics of Imperatives", talk delivered at Northwestern University, June 2, 2003.

"Clause Typing and the Semantics of Imperatives", invited talk delivered at the IX Giornata di Dialettologia, Università di Padova, June 26, 2003.

"Components of the Meaning of Imperatives:   A Case Study in Clause Typing", talk delivered at Stanford University, July 9, 2003.

"The Meaning and Force of Imperatives", invited talk delivered at the European Summer School for Logic, Language, and Linguistics, Workshop on Conditional and Unconditional Modality.   August 26, 2003. [Handout]

[2002]

"Form and Force in Grammatical Theory", invited talk delivered at the workshop on The Syntax-Semantics Interface in the CP Domain, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, March 7, 2002.   (with Raffaella Zanuttini)

[2001]

"Topicality and the Interpretation of Indefinites", invited presentation at the workshop on Information Structure And The Referential Status Of Linguistic Expressions, the 23th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, University of Leipzig, 28 February - 2 March 2001.

"Exclamative Clauses at the Syntax Semantics Interface", talk delivered at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, March 2001.   (with Raffaella Zanuttini)

"Specificity in Mandarin", colloquium delivered at the University of Southern California, April 10, 2001.

"The Temporal Semantics of the perfect ", colloquium delivered at the University of Southern California, April 11, 2001.

[1999]  

"Types of Clauses:   A Case Study in Exclamatives", talk delivered at the Symposium on Non-Narrative Discourse, the University of Texas at Austin, January 29, 1999.

[1998]

"Specific Indefinites and the Information Structure Theory of Topics", talk presented at the Sixth Symposium on Logic and Language, Budapest, Hungary, August 29, 1998. (with Katsuhiko Yabushita)

"The Independence of Specifier and Head of CP", talk delivered at the XXVIII Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, the Pennsylvania State University, April 17, 1998. (with Raffaella Zanuttini)

[1997]

"The Perfect in Modal Semantics", colloquium delivered at the University of Iowa, October 24, 1997;   also presented to the Washington Area Language and Logic Group, October 30, 1997.

"Negation and the Structure of Exclamatives", paper presented at the University of Padua, June 18, 1997.   (with Raffaella Zanuttini)

"Aspect as a Modal Category", colloquium delivered at the University of Padua, June 19, 1997.

[1996]

"Anaphora and De Se Belief", colloquium delivered at Rutgers University, November 1, 1996.

"The Force of Negation in Wh Exclamatives and Interrogatives", invited paper presented at the Groningen Workshop on Negation, Groningen, the Netherlands, August 24-26, 1996.   (with Raffaella Zanuttini)

"Types of Presuppositional Negation", colloquium delivered at the University of Maryland, April 19, 1996.   (with Raffaella Zanuttini)

"Mood and Modality in File Change Semantics", colloquium delivered at the University of Pennsylvania, April 11, 1996.

[1995]

"The Syntax and Semantics of Scalar Negation:   Evidence from Paduan", paper presented at the annual meeting of the North East Linguistics Society, Harvard University and MIT,   Oct. 27-29, 1995.   (With Raffaella Zanuttini)

"Modal Operators and Anaphors", seminar talk delivered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oct. 30, 1995.

"Modal Operators and Anaphors", colloqium delivered at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Oct. 20, 1995.

[1994]

"Mood as a Gender System", colloquium delivered at the University of Delaware, October 10, 1994.  

"The Semantics of Mood in English and Italian", colloquium delivered at the University of Maryland, April 1, 1994.

[1993]

"A Uniform Semantics for Aspectual -ing ", paper presented at the annual meeting of the North Eastern Linguistic Society, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, November 19-21, 1993.

"Aspect in Gerunds and Free Adjuncts", The Hugo Mueller Lecture delivered at The American University, November 8, 1993.

"The Aspect of Gerunds and Free Adjuncts", colloquium delivered at the Johns Hopkins University, November 4, 1993.

"The Semantics of Mood and Finiteness in English", invited paper presented at the Workshop on Tense/Modality Interaction, The Ohio State University, July 21-25, 1993.

[1992]

"The Semantics of Complementizers", paper presented at the annual meeting of the North Eastern Linguistic Society, University of Ottawa, October 16-18, 1992.

"The Semantics of Subordination", colloquium delivered at the University of Texas at Austin, October 12, 1992.

[1991]

"Gerunds and Types of Events", paper presented at the First Conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT I), Cornell University, Ithaca NY, April 19-21, 1991.

"Interpreting Gerunds in Complement Positions", paper presented at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, X, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ., March 1-3, 1991.