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All readings will be sent to participants individually.

Prof. Susan Rothstein

Rothstein, Susan 2016. Semantics for Counting and Measuring, Chapter 2.
(forthcoming Cambridge University Press)

Rothstein, Susan, 2009.  Measuring and counting in Modern Hebrew. Brill’s
Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics, Volume 1. 2009. 106-145.

Prof. Daniel Hyde

Dehaene, S. & Cohen, L. (2007).  Cultural Recycling of Cortical Maps.
Neuron, 56, 384-398.

Feigenson, L., Dehaene, S., & Spelke, E.S. (2004). Core systems of number. Trends in Cognitive Sciences (8), 7, 307-314.

Gallistel, C.R. & Gelman, R.  (1992).  Preverbal and verbal counting and computation. Cognition, 44, 43-74.

Carey (2009). Beyond Core Cognition: Natural Number (Ch 8.). The Origin of Concepts. New York: Oxford University Press.

Prof. Scott Grimm

Barner, D. and Snedeker, J. 2005.  Quantity judgments and individuation: Evidence that mass nouns count. Cognition, 97, 41-66.
Grimm, S. 2012. Number and Individuation.  PhD Dissertation, Stanford University.

Link, G. (1983) “The Logical Analysis of Plurals and Mass Terms: A Lattice-Theoretical Approach”, in R. Bauerle, C. Schwarze, and A. von Stechow, eds., Meaning, Use, and Interpretation of Language, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 302-323.  ***Only Sections 1 & 2***

Middleton, E.L., E.J. Wisniewski, K.A. Trindel, and M. Imai (2004) “Separating the chaff from the oats: Evidence for a conceptual distinction between count noun and mass noun aggregate”,

Journal of Memory and Language 50, 371-394.

Nichols, L. (2008) “Lexical Semantic Constraints on Noun Roots and Noun Borrowability”, Studies in Language 32, 683-700.

Prof. Fred Landman

Landman, F., Countable, Neat and Messy Nouns
In: Aloni, Maria, Michael Franke and Floris Roelofsen (eds.), 2013, The Dynamic, Inquisitive, and Visionary life of ϕ, ?ϕ, and ◊ϕ. A Festschrift for Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof, and Frank Veltman, ILLC, University of Amsterdam


In: Does, Jaap van der and Catarina Dulith Novaes (eds.) 2010, This is not a Festschift, on: Festpage for Martin Stokhof


In: Michael Glanzberg, Barbara H. Partee and Jurģis Šķilters (eds.), 2011, Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context and Models.
The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication Vol 6, 2010

Prof. Lima's course readings are available from

Bale, A., & Barner, D.  2012. Semantic triggers, linguistic variation and the mass-count distinction. In D. Massam (Ed.). Count and Mass Across Languages. Oxford University Press.

Barner, D. and Snedeker, J. 2005.  Quantity judgments and individuation: Evidence that mass nouns count. Cognition, 97, 41-66.

Barner, D., Li, P., & Snedeker, J. 2010. Words as windows to thought: The case of object representation. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Srinivasan, M., & Barner, D. Under review. Encoding individuals in language using syntax, words, and pragmatic inference