CIDRAL Public Lecture: Professor Kai von Fintel (MIT): 'If'
|Starts:||17:00 18 Oct 2016|
|Ends:||19:00 18 Oct 2016|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
This event is part of the CIDRAL programme for Winter 2016, 'Possible Worlds'.
Cognition and language revolve around distinguishing between alternative ways the world might be. As a possible worlds semanticist, I explore the grammar of how language connects us to possibilities. After a whirlwind survey of the field, I focus on some of my research on conditionals. This includes both the familiar "if ... then ..." kind but also many "if-less" kinds ("Walk in there and the dog barks at you"). I argue that conditionals are a core pattern at the heart of grammar and that "if" is merely a convenient lexification.
Kai von Fintel is Professor of Linguistics at MIT.
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