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On the Meaning(s) of 'After': A Unification of Spatial, Temporal, and Aspectual Uses

Posted on March 24, 2013

It might seem relatively simple to define a word like 'dog' or 'house'--but how do we talk about the meaning of a preposition, like 'after'? In this talk I discuss several uses of 'after' in American and Scottish English, and suggest that, despite their differences, these uses can be unified with an invariant semantics. I further suggest ways in which Imai's (2003) parameters of spatial deixis can be co-opted to better describe and formalize the semantics of prepositions.

Sylvia L. Reed, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics presents her talk on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  Click here for the full schedule of Facullty Lunch Talks for Spring 2013.



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