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Liefke, Kristina (September 2013): A Single-Type Semantics for the PTQ*-Fragment. Sinn und Bedeutung 18, September 11-13, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque.
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In (Montague, 1970), Montague defines a formal theory of linguistic meaning which interprets a small fragment of English through the use of two basic types of objects: individuals and propositions. In this paper, I develop a comparable semantics which only uses one basic type of object (hence, single-type semantics). Such a semantics has been suggested by Partee (2009) as a ‘minimality test’ for the Montagovian type system, which challenges the need for a bi-partitioned ontology. The proposed semantics captures the propositional interpretation of proper names, unifies Montague’s semantic ontology, and yields insight into the apparatus of types in formal semantics.