Department of Linguistics
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202) 687-5949
portnerp@georgetown.edu


Paul H. Portner

Manuscripts

Portner, Paul. "On the relation between verbal mood and sentence mood." Download

Forthcoming

Portner, Paul. Mood. Oxford University Press, Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics.

Portner, Paul.  “Commitment to Priorities.”  To appear in Daniel Harris, Matt Moss, and Daniel Fogal, eds., New Work in Speech Acts. Oxford University Press. Pre-print

Portner, Paul. "Imperatives."  To appear in Maria Aloni and Robert van Rooij, eds. Cambridge Handbook of Semantics.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press. Pre-print

2016

Portner, Paul and Aynat Rubinstein.   “Extreme and Non-Extreme Deontic Modals.”  In Nate Charlow and Matthew Chrisman, eds., Deontic Modality.  Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Pre-print

2013

Portner, Paul and Aynat Rubinstein, "Mood and Contextual Commitment." In Anca Chereches, ed., The Proceedings of SALT 22. CLC Publications, 461-487. Download

Katz, Graham, Paul Portner, and Aynat Rubinstein, "Ordering Combination for Modal Comparison." In Anca Chereches, ed., The Proceedings of SALT 22. CLC Publications, 488-507. Download

Aynat Rubinstein; Hillary Harner; Elizabeth Krawczyk; Daniel Simonson; Graham Katz; Paul Portner, "Toward Fine-grained Annotation of Modality in Text." In Proceedings of IWCS 2013 Workshop on Annotation of Modal Meanings in Natural Language (WAMM). Potsdam, Germany: Association for Computational Linguistics. Download

2012

Zanuttini, R, M. Pak and P. Portner, "A Syntactic Analysis of Interpretive Restrictions on Imperative, Promissive, and Exhortative Subjects", Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 30.4, pp. 1231-1274. Pre-print   Download

Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Volume 3. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Portner, Paul. "Permission and Choice." In Günther Grewendorf and Thomas Ede Zimmermann, eds., Discourse and Grammar. From Sentence Types to Lexical Categories. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (Studies in Generative Grammar). Pre-print   Download

2011

Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Volume 1. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Volume 2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Portner, Paul. "Perfect and Progressive." In Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner, eds., Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Vol. 2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Pre-print

Portner, Paul. "Verbal Mood." In Maienborn, Claudia, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner, eds., Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Vol. 2. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Pre-print

2010

Steinhauer, K., Drury, J.E., Portner, P., Walenski, M., Ullman, M.T. (2010). “Syntax, Concepts, and Logic in the Temporal Dynamics of Language Comprehension: Evidence from Event-Related Potentials”, Neuropsychologia, 48. 1525-1542.  Download

2009

Portner, Paul. Modality. Oxford University Press (Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics).

2008

Portner, Paul. "Beyond the Common Ground: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Epistemic Modals." In Jong Yurl Yoon and Kyoung Ae Kim, eds., The Perspectives of Linguistics in the 21st Century. Seoul: Hankook Munhwasa, 1-18.

Pak, Miok, Paul Portner, and Raffaella Zanuttini. (2008).  “Agreement in promissive, imperative, and exhortative clauses”, Korean Linguistics 14, 157–175. Download

2007

Portner, Paul. "Imperatives and Modals." Natural Language Semantics 15(4), 351-383. Download

Portner, Paul. "Instructions for Interpretation as Separate Performatives." In K. Schwabe and S. Winkler, eds., On Information Structure, Meaning and Form. John Benjamins, 407-426. Pre-print

2006

Portner, Paul. "Semantics." In Jeff Connor-Linton and Ralph Fasold, eds., An Introduction to Language and Linguistics.  Cambridge University Press.

Zanuttini, Raffaella, Héctor Campos, Elena Herburger, and Paul Portner, eds. GURT 2004 Proceedings. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

2005

Portner, Paul. "The Semantics of Imperatives within a Theory of Clause Types." In Kazuha Watanabe and Robert B. Young, eds., Proceedings of SALT 14. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications. Download

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini.   "The Semantics of Nominal Exclamatives".   In Ellipsis and Non-Sentential Speech , edited by Robert Stainton and Ray Elugardo, Dordrecht:   Kluwer Academic Publishers (Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy series), 57-67. Pre-print   Download

2004

Portner, Paul. What is Meaning? Fundamentals of Formal Semantics.  Oxford:  Blackwell.

2003

Portner, Paul.   "The Temporal Semantics and Modal Pragmatics of the Perfect"Linguistics and Philosophy 26, 459-510. Pre-print   Download

Zanuttini, Raffaella and Paul Portner.   "Exclamative Clauses at the Syntax-Semantics Interface"Language 79(1), 39-81. Pre-print   Download

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood."   In The Second Glot International State-of-the-Article Book , Lisa Cheng and Rint Sybesma, ed.,   Berlin and New York:  Mouton de Gruyter. (Updated version of the GLOT paper published in 1999)

2002

Portner, Paul.  "Topicality and (Non-)Specificity in Mandarin."   Journal of Semantics 19, 275-287. Pre-print   Download

Kuhn, Steve and Paul Portner, "Tense and Time."   In the Handbook of Philosophical Logic, Volume VI (2nd Ed.), D. Gabbay and F. Guenthner, eds., Dordrecht:   D. Reidel Publishing Company, 277-346. Download

Portner, Paul and Barbara Partee, eds., Formal Semantics:  The Essential Readings, Oxford: Blackwell.

2001

Zanuttini, Raffaella and Paul Portner.   "Exclamative Clauses at the Syntax-Semantics Interface", in ZAS Working Papers, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin.

Portner, Paul and Katsuhiko Yabushita, "Specific Indefinites and the Information Structure Theory of Topics",  Journal of Semantics, 18, 271-97.  Download

2000

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Characterization of Exclamative Clauses in Paduan", Language 76(1), 123-32. Download

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Force of Negation in Wh Exclamatives and Interrogatives."   In L. Horn and Y. Kato, eds., Studies in Negation and Polarity, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 193-231. Pre-print

1999

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "Types of Clauses:   A Case Study in Exclamatives." In Carlota Smith, ed., Proceedings of the Symposium on Non-Narrative Discourse, University of Texas Working Papers in Linguistics, Austin.

Portner, Paul, "Review of Quantifiers, Logic, and Language", Journal of Linguistics 35, 171-78. Download

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood", GLOT International 4.1, 3-9.

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Force of Negation in Wh Exlamatives and Interrogatives", in Quaderni di lavoro dell'ASIS, Paola Benincà and Cecilia Poletto, eds., P. 38.

1998

Portner, Paul, "The Progressive in Modal Semantics", Language 74(4), 760-87. Pre-print   Download

Portner, Paul and Katsuhiko Yabushita, "The Semantics and Pragmatics of Topic Phrases", Linguistics and Philosophy 21, 117-157. Download

1997

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood, Complementation, and Conversational Force", Natural Language Semantics 5, 167-212.  Download

1996

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Syntax and Semantics of Scalar Negation:  Evidence from Paduan". In Kiyomi Kusumoto, ed., The Proceedings of NELS 26, Amhest: GLSA, 257-271.

Portner, Paul, "Modal Discourse Referents and the Semantics-Pragmatics Boundary". In V. Miglio, ed., Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics, 224-255.

1995

Portner, Paul, "Quantification, Events, and Gerunds."   In E. Bach, E. Jelinek, A. Kratzer, and B. Partee, eds., Quantification in Natural Language, Dordrecht and Boston:  Kluwer Academic Publishers, 619-659.  Download

1994

Portner, Paul, "A Uniform Semantics for Aspectual -ing ".   In Mercè Gonzàlez, ed., The Proceedings of NELS 24, GLSA, Amherst, 507-517.

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Complementizers."   In Amy Schafer, ed., The Proceedings of NELS 23, GLSA, Amherst, 399-413.

1992

Situation Theory and the Semantics of Propositional Expressions. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mentor: Barbara Hall Partee.  Download

1991

Portner, Paul, "Gerunds and Types of Events".   In S. Moore and A. Z. Wyner, eds., The Proceedings of SALT I,  Cornell University Working Papers in Linguistics, 189-208. Download

Portner, Paul, "Interpreting Gerunds in Complement Positions."   In Dawn Bates, ed., The Proceedings of WCCFL X, Stanford Linguistics Association 375-385.

1989

Portner, Paul, "Processing Indefinite Noun Phrases in Quantified Sentences", Five College Papers in Cognitive Science 89-3, Pp. 78.