UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 8 (1996)

Event variables and Davidson's program in semantics



The use of predicate logic to represent the linguistic portrayal of events, in which the event itself is treated as a variable, was proposed by Reichenbach in the 1940's and extended by Davidson 1980. The paper extends this analysis of events and the logical form associated with it, making use of some recent ideas in Higginbotham 1995, so that the semantics associated with English verbs can be handled more fully. The paper also applies the application of this expanded logical form to a language family in West Africa, which has a verb morphology very different from that of European languages.

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