Abbreviated CV

Barbara Abbott

Professor Emerita, Linguistics & Philosophy, Michigan State University

6339 E. Horn Rd.
Lake Leelanau, MI  49653



(2010) Reference.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.  (Available from Oxford University Press at:

Articles (mostly since 1992, one from 1974)

(to appear)  Attitudes toward quotation.  In Elke Brendel, Jörg Meibauer, & Markus Steinbach, eds., Understanding quotation.  Mouton Series in Pragmatics 7.  [pdf]
(to appear)  The indefiniteness of definiteness.  In Thomas Gamerschlag, Doris Gerland, Rainer Osswald, & Wiebke Petersen, eds., Concept types and frames.  New York: Springer.  [pdf]

(to appear)  Reference: foundational issues.  In Claudia Maienborn, Paul Portner, & Klaus von Heusinger, eds., Semantics: An international handbook of natural language meaning.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.  [pdf]

(to appear)  Presuppositions, negation, and existence.  In Martin Hackl & Robvert Thornton, eds., Asserting, meaning, and implying.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.  [pdf]

(2011)  Some remarks on referentiality.  Paper prepared for Taller de Teoría de la Referencia, UNAM, Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, August 15-17, Mexico City.  [pdf]

(2011)  Out of control: The semantics of some infinitival VP complements.    In Etsuyo Yuasa, Tista Bagchi, & Katharine P. Beals, eds., Pragmatics and Autolexical Grammar: In honor of Jerry Sadock.  Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 229-241.  [html]

(2011)  Support for individual concepts.  Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 10, 23-44.  [pdf]

(2011)  (With Laurence R. Horn)  Nonfamiliarity and indefinite descriptions.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Pittsburgh.  [pdf]

(2010)  Conditionals in English and first order predicate logic.  In Dingfang Shu & Ken Turner, eds., Contrasting meaning in languages of the east and west.  Oxford: Peter Lang, 579-606.  [pdf]

(2010)  Pragmatics.  In Kirsten Malmkjær, ed., The Routledge Linguistics Encyclopedia, 3rd edition. London: Routledge, 418-426. 

(2008)  Presuppositions and common ground.  Linguistics and Philosophy 31:5, 523-538.

(2008)  Issues in the semantics and pragmatics of definite descriptions in English.  In Jeanette Gundel & Nancy Hedberg, eds., Reference: Interdisciplinary perspectives.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 61-72. [pdf]

(2006)  Where have some of the presuppositions gone?  In Betty J. Birner & Gregory Ward, eds., Drawing the boundaries of meaning: Neo-Gricean studies in pragmatics and semantics in honor of Laurence R. Horn.  Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1-20.  [pdf]

(2006Definite and indefinite.  In Keith Brown, ed., the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., vol. 3.  Oxford: Elsevier, 392-399.  [pdf]

(2005)  Proper names and language.  In Greg Carlson & Francis Jeffry Pelletier, eds., Reference and quantification: The Partee effect.  Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 63-81.  [pdf]

(2004)  Some remarks on indicative conditionals.  In Robert B. Young, ed., Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 14.  Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications, 1-19.  [pdf]

(2004)  Definiteness and indefiniteness.  In Laurence R. Horn & Gregory Ward., eds., Handbook of Pragmatics.  Oxford: Blackwell, 122-149.  [pdf]

(2003)  A reply to Szabó’s "Descriptions and uniqueness".  Philosophical Studies 113, 223-231.

(2003)  Some notes on quotation.  Belgian Journal of Linguistics 17, 13-26.

(2002)  Donkey demonstratives.  Natural Language Semantics 10, 285-298.

(2002)  Definiteness and proper names: Some bad news for the description theory.  Journal of Semantics 19, 191-201.  [html]

(2001)  Definiteness and identification in English.  In Németh T. Enikö, ed., Pragmatics in 2000: Selected papers from the 7th International Pragmatics Conference, Vol. 2.  Antwerp: International Pragmatics Association, 1-15. [pdf]

(2000)  Fodor and Lepore on meaning similarity and compositionality.  Journal of Philosophy 97, 454-455.

(2000)  Presuppositions as nonassertions.  Journal of Pragmatics 32, 1419-1437.

(1999)  Support for a unique theory of definite descriptions.   In Tanya Matthews & Devon Strolovitch, eds., Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory IX, 1-15.  Ithaca: Cornell University.  [html]

(1999)  Water = H2O.  Mind 108, 145-148.

(1999)  The formal approach to meaning.  Journal of Foreign Languages (Shanghai) 119:1, 2-20.  [html]

(1997)  Models, truth, and semantics.  Linguistics and Philosophy 20:2, 117-138.

(1997)  A note on the nature of 'water'.  Mind 106, 311-319.

(1997)  Definiteness and existentials.  Language 73:1, 103-108.

(1996)   Doing without a partitive constraint.  J. Hoeksema, ed. Partitives: Studies on the syntax and semantics of partitive and related constructions (Groningen-Amsterdam Studies in Semantics (GRASS) 14), Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 25-56.

(1995)  Thinking without English.  Behavior and Philosophy 23:2, 49-55.  [html]

(1995)  Some remarks on specificity.  Linguistic Inquiry 26:2, 341-347.  [pdf]

(1994)  Referentiality, specificity, strength, and individual concepts.  WCCFL (Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics) 12, 473-484.

(1993)  A pragmatic account of the definiteness effect in existential sentences.  Journal of Pragmatics 19, 39-55.

(1993)  Some remarks on a causal theory of word meaning.  CLS (Papers from the Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society) 29, vol. 2: The Parasession, 1-10.

(1992)  Definiteness, existentials, and the 'list' interpretation.  C. Barker and D. Dowty, eds., SALT II: Proceedings of the Second Conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory, Columbus: The Ohio State University, 1-16.

(1974)  Some problems in giving an adequate model-theoretic account of CAUSE.  Charles Fillmore, George Lakoff, & Robin Lakoff, eds., Berkeley Studies in Syntax and Semantics (BS3), volume I.  Berkeley, CA: Department of Linguistics and Institute of Human Learning, University of California, I-1 - I-14.  [pdf]

Work in progress

A note on Kehler & Ward (2006).  [pdf]  (This concerns a postulated conversational implicature of 'nonfamiliarity', and its relation to Hawkins' (1991) scalar nonuniqueness implicature associated with the indefinite article.)