The courses in the thematic area Theory focus on the formal modeling of natural language meaning and its theoretical foundations. The following key issues will be addressed:
- What ontological status do meanings of linguistic expressions have, that is, what is the metaphysics of meaning?
- How can linguistic knowledge and general world-knowledge be dynamically integrated into logical representations?
- How can we apply the methods of formal semantics to the flexible interpretation of literary texts? How do pragmatic factors, such as information-structural conditions or gestures, influence the constitution of linguistic meaning?
The following courses will be offered: