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Elements of Formal Semantics

Yoad Winter 
Edinburgh University Press, 2016 
   Chapters 1-3 Open Access            Purchase:  Amazon  EUP

This textbook introduces the foundational concepts, principles and techniques in formal semantics of natural language. The book is intended for readers who have some elementary background in set theory and linguistics, but does not assume any expertise in logic, math, or theoretical linguistics. By way of analyzing concrete English examples, the book brings central concepts and tools to the forefront, calling attention to the beauty of the mathematical principles underlying linguistic meanings. 

[1] Jessica Rett, Glossa, 20 Oct. 2016   
[2] Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, Computational Linguistics, 28 Sep. 2016  

From teachers who used this book:

"I haven’t seen the foundations of formal semantics explained more clearly, more cleanly and more elegantly anywhere before." 
    Hans Kamp, University of Stuttgart and The University of Texas at Austin

"This book offers a thorough grounding to beginners in formal semantics, suitable for one-semester courses. It is pedagogically well-crafted, with clear and detailed explanations and many exercises." 
    Lawrence S. Moss, Indiana University, Bloomington

From the reviews:

"A very versatile book, useful as a primary textbook, as a secondary textbook for more advanced or formally inclined students, or as a source of supplementary formal definitions and exercises"  
  Jessica Rett, University of California, Los Angeles, to the full review

"Clear, precise, and friendly introduction to formal natural language semantics for students with mathematical maturity. An excellent text for courses on natural language meaning and related topics incomputer science, artificial intelligence, or philosophy"  
   Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, National University of Singapore, to the full review

Recent  Courses:   NASSLLI2016
(Rutgers)    ESSLLI2016 (Bolzano)


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Table of contents

All open access materials in one file  Chapters 1-3 Open Access

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  1 Introduction  Chapters 1-3 Open Access 

2 Meaning and Form  Chapters 1-3 Open Access 

3 Types and Meaning Composition Chapters 1-3 Open Access 
4 Noun Phrases and Quantifiers 

5 Long-Distance Meaning Relationships 
6 Intensionality and Possible Worlds
7Conclusion and further topics