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

Paul H. Portner

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Clause Types and Imperatives

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

Portner, Paul. "Permission and Choice." In GŁnther Grewendorf and Thomas Ede Zimmermann, eds., Discourse and Grammar. From Sentence Types to Lexical Categories. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (Studies in Generative Grammar). 2012. Pre-print   Download

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

Portner, Paul. "Imperatives and Modals." Natural Language Semantics 15(4), 351-383.  2007. 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. 2007. Pre-print

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. 2005. 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. 2005. Pre-print   Download

Zanuttini, Raffaella and Paul Portner.   "Exclamative Clauses at the Syntax-Semantics Interface"Language 79(1), 39-81. 2003. Pre-print  Download

Portner, Paul and Raffaella Zanuttini, "The Characterization of Exclamative Clauses in Paduan", Language 76(1), 123-32. 2000. 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. 2000. Pre-print

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. 1996.

Modality

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. 2016. Pre-print

Portner, Paul. Modality. Oxford University Press (Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics). 2009.

Portner, Paul.   "The Temporal Semantics and Modal Pragmatics of the Perfect"Linguistics and Philosophy 26, 459-510. 2003. Pre-print   Download

Portner, Paul, "The Progressive in Modal Semantics", Language 74(4), 760-87. 1998. Pre-print   Download

Situation Theory and the Semantics of Propositional Expressions.  Ph.D Dissertation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Mentor: Barbara Hall Partee. 1992.  Download

Mood

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

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

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. 2011. Pre-print

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood", GLOT International 4.1, 3-9. 1999

Portner, Paul, "The Semantics of Mood, Complementation, and Conversational Force", Natural Language Semantics 5, 167-212. 1997.  Download

Tense and Aspect

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. 2011. Pre-print

Portner, Paul.   "The Temporal Semantics and Modal Pragmatics of the Perfect"Linguistics and Philosophy 26, 459-510. 2003. Pre-print   Download

Portner, Paul, "The Progressive in Modal Semantics", Language 74(4), 760-87. 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. 2002. Download

Information Structure

Portner, Paul.  "Topicality and (Non-)Specificity in Mandarin."   Journal of Semantics 19, 275-287.  2002.  Pre-print   Download

Portner, Paul and Katsuhiko Yabushita, "Specific Indefinites and the Information Structure Theory of Topics",  Journal of Semantics, 18, 271-97. 2001.  Download

Portner, Paul and Katsuhiko Yabushita, "The Semantics and Pragmatics of Topic Phrases", Linguistics and Philosophy 21, 117-157. 1998.  Download

Speaker/Addressee

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. 2007. Pre-print

Portner, Paul. "Vocatives, Topics, and Imperatives", invited talk delivered at the IMS workshop on Information Structure, Bad Teinach, Germany, July 16, 2004.  Handout