Partee awarded Fulbright to teach in Russia

By Amanda Koeck

Barbara H. Partee, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Russian State University of the Humanities (RGGU) and Moscow State University (MGU) in Russia from January to June of 2005.

The purpose of the Fulbright Scholar Program, founded in 1946, is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their field.

Partee will teach an introduction to formal semantics at RGGU and an advanced seminar on research topics in the semantics of Russian at MGU. Her project is aimed at integrating Russian semantics and Western formal semantics.

Formal semantics uses linguistics and logical tools to investigate how meanings of sentences are built up from meanings of words and syntax. It has become part of mainstream linguistic theory in the West, but is still barely known in Russia, according to Partee.

Partee is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to 140 countries for the 2004-2005 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad through Fulbright exchange programs.