Formal Semantics of Pictorial Narratives

Language and Logic Courses

Advanced Course

Formal Semantics of Pictorial Narratives,
Dorit Abusch (Cornell University, USA) and Mats Rooth (Cornell University, USA)

The class looks at current research on the semantics and pragmantics of pictorial narratives such as comics, emphasizing methods of possible worlds semantics and dynamic semantics. Such narratives show intriguing parallels with natural language narratives, and equally intriguing differences. Topics include propositional semantics for pictures, indexing, temporal progression, sentences that describe pictures, and explicit and implicated intensionality.