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INVITED CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDITED BOOKS

  • [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] 'Ontology and Natural Language'. In A. Goldman / B. McLaughlin (eds): Metaphysics and Cognitive Science, Oxford UP, under contract.
  • [16] 'Natural Language Ontology'. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford UP, New York, April 2017.online 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'. To appear in F. Moltmann / M. Textor (eds.): Act-Based Conceptions of Propositional Content. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Oxford University Press, New York, June 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

PUBLICATIONS IN COLLOQUIUM PROCEEDINGS

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PH D THESIS

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

MIT GENERALS PAPERS 1990

Syllabification and Lexical Phonology in German

Scrambling German and the Specificity / Definiteness Effect

OLDER MANUSCRIPTS

OUP BLOG ENTRIES (introducing books I published to a wider readership)

'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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