Photographer: Kata Balogh

dr. P.J.E. (Paul) Dekker


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Logic and Language
  • Visiting address
    OTM 141-143
    Oude Turfmarkt 141  Room number: 0.04
  • Postal address:
    Oude Turfmarkt  141
    1012 GC  Amsterdam
  • P.J.E.Dekker@uva.nl
    T: 0205254541
    T: 0205258282
  • oὐκ ἐμοῦ ἀλλὰ τοῦ λόγου ἀκούσαντας ὁμολογεῖν σοφόν ἐστιν ἓν πάντα εἶναι (Herakleitos)
  • Welcome to the site of a philologist. I work in the ILLC group Logic and Language, as a researcher for the Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Humanities. My work is concerned with formal aspects of the meaning and use of natural language. Specific interests include intentionality, quantification and discourse. Generic interests include belief, indexicality, and satisfaction.
  • I am the chair of the Standing Committee of the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI), and the ILLC representative in the European Network of the Philosophy of Language and Mind (PLM).

Handbook of Formal Semantics

(ed. Maria Aloni and Paul Dekker) Appeared in the series Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics. (Wtih validating index.)

Indexical Inference

This paper advocates an indexical account of discourse reference, and provides a sound and complete deduction system for a (variable free) system of discourse representation and dynamic interpretation. Review of Symbolic Logic, in 2016.

Not Only Barbara

This paper explicates the transparent syllogistics for a cube of oppositions, and pleads for a non-conservative theory of generalized quantifiers in natural language. Journal of Logic, Language and Information, 2015.

Live Meanings

This paper is a follow up of the one on Live Compositionality and reflects upon the enterprises of compositional, truth-conditional, contextual and conceptual semantics. In Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semantics, 2017, Kata Balogh and Wiebke Petersen (eds.), Studies in Language and Cognition, Düsseldorf University Press.

The Logos

The pre-socratic philosopher Herakleitos has demonstrated a logos, which contains more of a logic then the syllogoi of his postdecessors. In New Dimensions of the Square of Opposition, 2017, Jean-Yves Beziau and Stamatios Gerogiorgakis (eds.), Philosophia Verlag, München.

Some propositions, not obviously original, on:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am the chair of the  ESSLLI Standing Committee that coodinates the organization and programme of the European Summer Schools in Logic, Language and Information since 2007.

  • 29-th ESSLLI, Toulouse, 2017, with Laure Vieu (OC) and Shravan Vasishth (PC)
  • Bolzano, 2016, with Diego Calvanese (OC), Rafaella Bernardi (OC/PC) and Claire Gardent (PC)
  • Barcelona, 2015, with Louise McNally (OC), Gemma Boleda (OC/PC) and Achim Jung (PC)
  • Tübingen, 2014, with Gerhard Jäger (OC) and Frank Veltman (PC)
  • Düsseldorf, 2013, with Laura Kallmeyer (OC), Wiebke Petersen  (OC/PC) and Johan Bos (PC)
  • Opole, 2012, with Janusz Czelakowski (OC), Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska (OC/PC) and Andreas Herzig (PC)
  • Ljubljana, 2011, with Darja Fiser (OC) and Makoto Kanazawa (PC)
  • Kopenhagen, 2010, Vincent Hendricks (OC) and Valentin Goranko (PC)
  • Bordeaux, 2009, with Christian Retoré (OC) Richard Moot (OC/PC) and Uwe Mönnich (PC)
  • Hamburg, 2008, with Benedikt Löwe (OC), Hans van Ditmarsch (OC/PC) and Rineke Verbrugge (PC)

I have been involved in the organization of the bi-annual Amsterdam Colloquium from 1991 onwards (as chair from the 10-th, 1995 till the 16-th, 2007), and in many other international conferences, workshops and events.

2016

  • Dekker, P. (2016). Exclusively indexical deduction. Review of Symbolic Logic, 9(3), 603-637. DOI: 10.1017/S1755020316000125  [details] 
  • Aloni, M., & Dekker, P. (2016). The Cambridge Handbook of Formal Semantics. (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139236157 
  • Dekker, P., & Zimmermann, T. E. (2016). Reference. In M. Aloni, & P. Dekker (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Formal Semantics (pp. 173-205). (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139236157.007 
  • Dekker, P., Aloni, M., & Groenendijk, J. (2016). Questions. In M. Aloni, & P. Dekker (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Formal Semantics (pp. 560-592). (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139236157.020  [details] 

2015

2014

  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2014). Herakleitian Oppositions. In J-Y. Beziau, & K. Gan-Krzywiszynska (Eds.), New Dimensions of the Square of Opposition. (Series Analytica). Muenchen: Philosophia Verlag.
  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2014). The Live Principle of Compositionality. In D. Gutzmann, J. Koepping, & C. Meier (Eds.), Approaches to Meaning: Composition, Values, and Interpretation. Leiden: Brill.

2012

  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2012). Dynamic Semantics. (Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy ; Vol. 91). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4869-9 
  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2012). Presupposition. In Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Routledge.
  • Dekker, P., & Zeijlstra, H. (2012). Concord and doubling phenomena: an introduction. Journal of Semantics, 29(3), 295-303. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffs004  [details] 

2011

  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2011). Dynamic Semantics. In Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. De Gruyter.
  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2011). Jigsaw Semantics. In Formal semantics and pragmatics. Discourse, context and models. Manhattan (KS).

2010

  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2010). Only If an Indefinite is Topical, the Pronoun Picks it Up. In Presuppositions and Discourse. (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 21). Bingley: Emerald.
  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2010). There is something about Might. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6042, 244-253. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-14287-1_25  [details] 

2009

  • Dekker, P. J. E. (2009). There is something about 'might'. In Seventeenth Amsterdam Colloquium, December 16-18, 2009: pre-proceedings (pp. 217-226). Amsterdam: ILLC, University of Amsterdam. [details] 

2008

2007

  • Dekker, P. (2007). Nobody (anything) else. In M. Aloni, A. Butler, & P. Dekker (Eds.), Questions in dynamic semantics. (pp. 147-158). (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 17). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Dekker, P. (2007). Optimal inquisitive discourse. In M. Aloni, A. Butler, & P. Dekker (Eds.), Questions in dynamic semantics. (pp. 83-100). (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 17). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Dekker, P., Aloni, M., & Butler, A. (2007). The semantics and pragmatics of questions. In M. Aloni, A. Butler, & P. Dekker (Eds.), Questions in dynamic semantics. (pp. 1-40). (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 17). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

2007

  • Dekker, P. (2007). De uitleg. Amsterdam: Dekker. [details] 
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