ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS                                                        


  • [20] 'Abstract Objects and the Ontological Core-Periphery Distinction in Language'. Invited contribution, Falguera, J.L. / C. Martínez (eds.): Abstract Objects. For and Against. Synthese Library, Dordrecht.
  • [19] 'Attitudinal Objects and Propositions'. Invited contribution, C. Tillman (ed.): Routledge Handbook of Propositions. Routledge, New York.
  • [18] 'A Truthmaker Semantics for Modals and Attitude Reports'. Invited contribution for A. Egan / P. van Elswyck / D. Kinderman (eds.): Unstructured Content. Oxford UP.
  • [17] 'Natural Language and its Ontology'. To appear in A. Goldman / B. McLaughlin (eds): Metaphysics and Cognitive Science, Oxford UP.
  • [16] 'Natural Language Ontology'. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford UP, New York, April version
  • [15] 'A Plural Reference Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Syntactic Trees'. In C. van Urk / H. Kotek / C. Halpert (eds.): A Pesky Set. Papers for David Pesetsky'. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics (MITWPL) 80, MIT Cambridge (Mass.), 2017.
  • [14] 'Levels of Linguistic Acts and the Semantics of Saying and Quoting'. To appear in S. L. Tsohatzidis (ed.): Interpreting Austin: Critical Essays. Cambridge UP.
    • Abstract: This papers argues that Austin's notion of a locutionary act is extremely well-reflected in the semantics of natural language. It develops a new semantics of verbs saying (say, think, write) as well as of direct quotation within the overall view that sentences act semantically as predicates of attitudinal and modal objects.
  • [13]  ‘On the Ontology of Cases’. To appear in 2017.
  • [12] 'Introduction'. With Mark Textor.  To appear in F. Moltmann / M. Textor (eds.): Act-Based Conceptions of Propositional Content. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Oxford UP, Oxford, 2017.
  • [11] 'Cognitive Products and the Semantics of Attitude Verbs and Deontic Modals'. In F. Moltmann / M. Textor (eds.): Act-Based Conceptions of Propositional Content. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Oxford University Press, New York, 2017, pp. 254-290.
    • Abstract: This paper outlines a novel semantics of attitude reports based on attitudinal objects rather than propositions. It also outlines a novel semantics of (deontic) modal sentences based on modal objects rather than quantification over possible worlds. On that semantics, sentences act semantically as predicates of attitudinal and modal objects, specifying their truth making (or satisfaction) conditions along the lines of Fine's recent truthmaker semantics.
          Attitudinal objects divide into cognitive (and illocutionary) products, entities like judgments, thoughts, decisions, claims, and requests, and mental states. Modal objects are entities like obligations and permissions. Based on Twardowski's (1912)  distinction between actions and products, the paper argues that cognitive products are best understood as (nonenduring) artifacts products by the corresponding action. Going beyond Twardowski, it furthermore argues for modal products, as (abstract) artifacts (on a par with laws) that may endure beyond the act that establishes them.
  • [10] ‘Nominalization: The Case of Nominalizations of Modal Predicates’. The Blackwell Companion to Semantics (SemCom) edited by L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullmann, T. E.  Zimmermann, Wiley, New York.
  • [9]  'Nominals and Event Structure'. To appear in R. Truswell (ed.): Oxford Handbook of Event Structure. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • [8] 'Intensional Relative Clauses and the Semantics of Variable Objects (final version March 2016)'. To appear in M. Krifka / M. Schenner (eds.): Reconstruction Effects in Relative Clauses. Studia Grammatika, Akademie Verlag Berlin.
  • [7] 'Variable Objects and Truthmaking'. To appear in M. Dumitru (ed.): Metaphysics, Meaning, and Modality. Themes from Kit Fine. Oxford University Press, Oxford.  

Comments by Kit Fine . Reponse to the comments of Fine by F. Moltmann





Coordination and Comparatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992, thesis supervisor: N. A. Chomsky, available also here.


Syllabification and Lexical Phonology in German

Scrambling German and the Specificity / Definiteness Effect


OUP BLOG ENTRIES (introducing my books to a wider readership)

'What sorts of things are the things we believe, hope or predict?' (August 2017).

'Unity without objecthood, in art and in natural language'. (July 2017)

'Abstract objects: two ways of introducing them, in the core and the periphery of language' (June 2017)

'The one, the many and the neither one nor many: On Hokusai's woodblockprints' (November 2016)


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