Logic and Conversation, Fall 2016

Lecture  Date  Material  Content  Lecturer 
Inquisitive semantics  
1  LN chapter 1  Motivation  Floris  
2  LN chapter 2  Basic notions  Floris  
3  LN chapter 3  Operations on propositions  Floris  
4  LN chapter 4  Firstorder inquisitive semantics  Floris  
5  LN chapter 6  Declarative and interrogative lists  Floris  
6  LN chapter 5  Question semantics  Floris  
7  LN chapter 7  Inquisitive epistemic logic  Floris  
Attentive semantics  
8  CGR 2009  Inquisitive semantics with attentive content  Floris  
9  Roelofsen 2013  Bare bone attentive semantics  Floris  
10  Westera 2013 Gamut Ch6  Attentive pragmatics For background on standard Gricean pragmatics  Floris  
11  Willer 2013  Attention as live possibilities  Nadine  
12  Willer 2015  Integrating inquisitive and attentive content I  Nadine  
13  Roelofsen 2016  First sketch of inquisitive live possibility semantics  Floris  
14  Project presentations 
Grading
The grade will be based on two homework assignments covering the material from the first part of the course (each counting for 20%) and a final paper (60%).
Assignments first assignment (due September 18). second assignment (due October 2).
Instructions for final paper
The final paper can be written either in groups of 23 students or individually. We strongly encourage working in groups, but if someone already has a particular topic that they want to work on and cannot find others interested in this topic, then working individually is permitted. Students are encouraged to discuss possible topics with us early on in the course. Topics and groups should be determined by October 10 at the latest. A preliminary version is to be presented during the last lecture, October 20, and the final version is due after the exam week, on October 30 (midnight). See Appendix B of the lecture notes for pointers to relevant literature, which may help in finding an interesting topic.
Grading criteria for final paperThe criteria are the same as for a master thesis, though of course here we do not expect as much as in the case of a thesis. Correctness All claims should be correct, precisely formulated and carefully argued for.
 Writing The paper should be wellstructured; the writing should be clear and concise. Typically, papers are around 10 pages. There is no official upper or lower bound, but quality is preferred over quantity: a single idea or result that is clearly explained in 7 pages is better than a collection of multiple halfbaked ideas discussed in 15 pages.
 Difficulty Both conceptual and technical difficulty are taken into account.
 Originality The paper should contain some new results. This can take many forms: establishing previously unknown properties of one of the logics discussed in class, or closely related ones; further enriching the theories discussed; developing new applications; developing a theory of your own that solves some of the remaining challenges for the theories discussed.
Late policyThe deadline is intended to be strict. Late submissions will be accepted until three days after the deadline, but 0.5 points will be substracted from the grade per day.
Instructions for final paper
The final paper can be written either in groups of 23 students or individually. We strongly encourage working in groups, but if someone already has a particular topic that they want to work on and cannot find others interested in this topic, then working individually is permitted. Students are encouraged to discuss possible topics with us early on in the course. Topics and groups should be determined by October 10 at the latest. A preliminary version is to be presented during the last lecture, October 20, and the final version is due after the exam week, on October 30 (midnight). See Appendix B of the lecture notes for pointers to relevant literature, which may help in finding an interesting topic.
 Correctness All claims should be correct, precisely formulated and carefully argued for.
 Writing The paper should be wellstructured; the writing should be clear and concise. Typically, papers are around 10 pages. There is no official upper or lower bound, but quality is preferred over quantity: a single idea or result that is clearly explained in 7 pages is better than a collection of multiple halfbaked ideas discussed in 15 pages.
 Difficulty Both conceptual and technical difficulty are taken into account.
 Originality The paper should contain some new results. This can take many forms: establishing previously unknown properties of one of the logics discussed in class, or closely related ones; further enriching the theories discussed; developing new applications; developing a theory of your own that solves some of the remaining challenges for the theories discussed.
Late policy
The deadline is intended to be strict. Late submissions will be accepted until three days after the deadline, but 0.5 points will be substracted from the grade per day.