On the Meaning(s) of ‘After’: A Unification of Spatial, Temporal, and Aspectual Uses

It might seem relatively simple to define a word like ‘dog’ or ‘house’–but how do we talk about the meaning of a preposition, like ‘after’? In this talk I discuss several uses of ‘after’ in American and Scottish English, and suggest that, despite their differences, these uses can be unified with an invariant semantics. I further suggest ways in which Imai’s (2003) parameters of spatial deixis can be co-opted to better describe and formalize the semantics of prepositions.

Sylvia L. Reed, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics presents her talk on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President’s Dining Room.

Spatial Diagram for Faculty Lunch Talk