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Kai von Fintel
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Attended University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lived in Kroge, Germany
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See the comments at http://kaivonfintel.org/2015/11/02/lingua-glossa/#comment-2339894959 for an exchange between Colin Phillips​ and me.
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New in S&P today: Ashwini Deo "The semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of grammaticalization paths: The progressive to imperfective shift" (http://doi.org/77q)
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The third of four new articles in S&P this week:
 
New in S&P: Chris Kennedy "A de-Fregean semantics for numerals" (http://doi.org/4mh)
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For your weekend reading ...
 
New in S&P today: Guillermo Del Pinal "Dual Content Semantics, privative adjectives, and dynamic compositionality". http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.8.7.
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New S&P paper: Radek Šimík and Marta Wierzba on givenness in Czech word order. http://doi.org/x87.
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My thoughts on the Lingua → Glossa affair: http://kaivonfintel.org/2015/11/02/lingua-glossa/
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New in S&P today: Paul Egré & Florian Cova "Moral asymmetries and the semantics of 'many'" (http://doi.org/756).
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New in S&P: John Mackay "Actuality and fake tense in conditionals" (http://doi.org/67n)
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"Sabine Iatridou (2000) and Katrin Schulz (2014) defend accounts of the past tense in subjunctive conditionals according to which the past tense has a modal reading that excludes the world of utterance or some set of epistemically possible worlds. I argue here that these views give an unsatisfactory treatment of certain subjunctive conditionals that contain embedded indicative clauses pertaining to the actual world."

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Rounding out this week's set of four new semantics papers for your enjoyment ...
 
New in S&P: Judith Degen "Investigating the distribution of some (but not all) implicatures using corpora and web-based methods" (http://doi.org/4m7)
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In time for end-of-the-semester reading binges:
 
Two new papers in S&P today: 1. Xiao Li on the excessive construction in Japanese (http://doi.org/4ks). 2. Dylan Bumford on pair-list dynamics (http://doi.org/4mg). 
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Need spring time reading? We've got some for you ...
 
Three new papers in S&P today!

1. Vincent Homer: "Neg-raising and positive polarity: The view from modals" (http://doi.org/25v)
2. Sarah Moss: "On the semantics and pragmatics of epistemic vocabulary" (http://doi.org/25w)
3. Ryan Bochnak: "The Degree Semantics Parameter and cross-linguistic variation" (http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.8.6)
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linguist at MIT, academic geek, runner, soccer fan
Introduction
I’m a professor of linguistics at MIT. I work on meaning. I am also Associate Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. I have a wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog. I live in an intentional community (Mosaic Commons Cohousing) in Berlin, Massachusetts. I am a runner. I like soccer, a lot. I was born on a cold winter’s night in a small village on the Lüneburg Heath in Northern Germany.
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Ph.D. Linguistics, 1988 - 1994
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Professor of Linguistics at MIT / Associate Dean of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
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  • Professor of Linguistics at MIT
    Professor of Linguistics, 1993 - present
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Kroge, Germany - Walsrode, Germany - Münster, Germany - Cambridge, England - Köln, Germany - Amherst, MA - Northampton, MA - Watertown, MA - Cambridge, MA - Berlin, MA