09910LING576200, Semantic Theory, Fall 2010

Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University




General information

Instructor: T.-H. Jonah Lin

Time & location: Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, B305

Tel: (03) 571-5131, ext. 34402

E-mail: jonahlin@mx.nthu.edu.tw


Teaching material 

1.      Fundamental notions in semantics. T.-H. Jonah Lin. Lecture notes. National Tsing Hua University, 2006.


2.      A Primer in the Semantics of English. Terence Parsons. Lecture notes. University of California, Los Angeles. 2007.


3.      The papers listed below.



1.      Class attendance: 20%.

2.      Term paper: 80%.


List of papers and books to be studied

1.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 1998. Distributivity in Chinese and its implications. Natural Language Semantics 6: 201-243.

2.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2000. On the temporal meaning of the verbal –le in Mandarin Chinese. Language and Linguistics 1.2: 109-133.

3.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2002. Selectional restrictions of tenses and temporal reference of Chinese bare sentences. Lingua 113: 271-302.

4.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2002. Aspectual selection and temporal reference of zhe in Mandarin Chinese. Tsinghua Journal of Chinese Studies, New Series 32.2: 257-296.

5.      Shen, Li. 2007. Zhuangtai bianhua de kenixing yu timao biaoji [Reversibility of change of state and aspect markers]. In Li Zhang, Yutaka

         Furukawa, Ying, Ren, and Sachiko Shimoji, eds. Riben xiandai Hanyu yufa yanjiu lunwen xuan [Essays on the research of Modern Chinese in

         Japan], 46-63. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

6.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2003. Temporal reference in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 12: 259-311.

7.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2006. Time in a language without tense: the case of Chinese. Journal of Semantics 23: 1-53.

8.      Matthewson, Lisa. 2006. Temporal semantics in a superficially tenseless language. Linguistics and Philosophy 29: 673–713.

9.      Sybesma, Rint. 2007. Whether we tense-agree overtly or not. Linguistic Inquiry 38.3: 580–587.

10.    Lin, Jo-Wang. 2010. A tenseless analysis of Mandarin Chinese revisited: a response to Sybesma 2007. Linguistic Inquiry 41.2: 304-329.

11.    Von Fintel, Kai, and Lisa Matthewson. 2008. Universals in semantics. The Linguistic Review 25: 139-201.

12.    Ogihara, Toshiyuki. 2007. Tense and aspect in truth-conditional semantics. Lingua 117: 392-418.