Colloquia, Fall 2018-Spring 2019Chrissy Graham2019-02-14T16:38:58-04:00
All talks are from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in room 32-141 (unless otherwise indicated). For further information, please contact Mitya, Patrick or Filipe. This schedule is subject to change; please check back for changes.
Title: How to do things with nominals. Towards a syntax of nominal speech acts
Going back to Aristotle, classic grammatical description as well as current theories of grammar and the construction of meaning take the sentence to be the object of investigation. In his seminal work, Austin 1962 took a first step towards breaking with this tradition within philosophy of language. He argued that our understanding of meaning has to be informed by the fact that when we say things, we also do things. Different types of sentences give rise to different speech acts such as asserting,…
Colloquium: Aynat Rubinstein [Hebrew University of Jerusalem]
April 26, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 32-141
Desire in motion
Motion verbs are famous for their tendency to undergo language change.
Across languages, verbs meaning 'come' and 'go' become future markers, aspectual markers, modals expressing necessity, and more. Tracing the development of 'come' in Hebrew during its revival, this talk highlights yet another diachronic pathway that stems from motion: the pathway from motion to desire. Using goal-orientation as the essential meaning component of directed motion, I offer an analysis of the internally-motivated changes in the verb's meaning, as well as changes instigated by language contact. The investigation supports the idea…
Ling-Phil Joint Colloquium: David I. Beaver [University of Texas at Austin]
May 10, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 32-141
How to do even more things with words
Material drawn from:
David Beaver and Jason Stanley (to appear), "Hustle: the politics of Language", Princeton University Press
The notion of a language as primarily a representational system is natural when you think of the words laid out on the page of an encyclopedia, or even a talk abstract. It's less natural when you watch some guy ranting angrily in the supermarket, or at an academic talk. This leads to the Wittgensteinian and Austinian thought that language consists in the first place of things you do,…