Peter Nathan Lasersohn

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Research Interests

Philosophy of Language

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My main interest is in formal semantic theory for natural language. More particularly, my work has focused on "event-based" semantic theories, on the semantics of plural and coordinate constructions, pragmatic vagueness, and relative truth. I also have broader interests in logic, pragmatics, mathematical linguistics, and the philosophy of language.

Office Address

University of Illinois
Dept. of Linguistics, MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: 4096 Foreign Languages Bldg.

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Ohio State University

… → 1988

M.A., Ohio State University

… → 1985

B.A., Earlham College

… → 1981

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Research Output

Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics

Lasersohn, P. N., Feb 8 2017, New York: Oxford University Press. 304 p. (Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Plurality, Conjunction and Events

    Lasersohn, P., 1995, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. 308 p. (Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy; vol. 55)

    Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • A Semantics for Groups and Events

    Lasersohn, P., 1990, New York: Routledge. 154 p. (Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology; vol. 8)

    Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Common nouns as modally non-rigid restricted variables

    Lasersohn, P., Mar 3 2020, In : Linguistics and Philosophy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Common Nouns as Variables: Evidence From Conservativity and the Temperature Paradox

    Lasersohn, P. N., 2018, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21. Truswell, R., Cummins, C., Heycock, C., Rabern, B. & Rohde, H. (eds.). Gesellschaft fur Semantik, p. 731-746 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 9 Invited talk
    • 6 Editorial activity

    Quantification and Perspective in Relativist Semantics

    Peter Nathan Lasersohn (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Semantics and Pragmatics (Journal)

    Peter Nathan Lasersohn (Editorial board member)

    2007 → …

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    On the Possibility of Compositional Pragmatics

    Peter Nathan Lasersohn (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Manipulation of perspectival parameters in relativist semantics

    Peter Nathan Lasersohn (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk