dr. P.J.E. (Paul) Dekker
Faculty of Humanities
Logic and Language
Oude Turfmarkt 141 Room number: 0.04
Oude Turfmarkt 141
1012 GC Amsterdam
- 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).
(ed. Maria Aloni and Paul Dekker) Appeared in the series Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics. (Wtih validating index.)
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.
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 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:
- How to do Syllogistic Logic (in a cube JoLLI 2015 §2)
- How to do Propositional Logic (without connectives RSL 2016 §1)
- How to do Predicate Logic (without variables and objects RSL 2016 §3; DS 2012 §2; PLA 1994)
- How to do Generalized Quantifiers (JoLLI 2015 §3; DS 2012 §4.1; L&P 2008; L&P 2003)
- How to do TC Semantics (with live meanings Düsseldorf 2016; Frankfurt 2014; Riga 2010)
- How to do Discourse Reference (without problems RSL 2016 §2)
- How to do Indexical Inference (with self-reference RSL 2016 §5; She's#2001; ID2004/1995)
- How to do Intentional Objects (without commitment SAJL 2017 §4)
- How to do Situations (carefully DS 2012 §4.4, CASE 2004/1997)
- How to do Inquisitive Discourse (optimally Questions 2007)
- How to do Information Structure (multidimensionally Kamp 2010; L&P 2008; RoLaC 2004)
- How to do First Order Exchange (pragmatically JoLLI 2002; JoPr 2002; JoS 2001; ITALLC 1998)
- How to do "Many" (JoLLI 2015 §3.3)
- How to do "Only" (JoLLI 2015 §3.4; SALT 2001)
- How to do "Else" (Questions 2007; SUB 2003)
- How to do "Might" (AC2010)
- How to do Xena (JoLLI 2015 p. 103-6)
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.
- Dekker, P. J. E. (2017). Logical Conversions. South American Journal of Logic, [ISSN 2446-6719].
- Dekker, P. J. E. (2017). Live Meanings. In K. Balogh, & W. Petersen (Eds.), Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semntics (pp. 13--37). Düsseldorf University Press.
- 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]
- Dekker, P. J. E. (2015). Not Only Barbara. Journal of Logic, Language and Information, 24(2), 95-129. DOI: 10.1007/s10849-015-9215-6
- 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.
- 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]
- 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).
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
- Dekker, P. (2007). De uitleg. Amsterdam: Dekker. [details]
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