The murder of Richard Montague, disruptive innovator in the thriving field of formal semantics (as he might be called by advertising companies today), is an unsolved police case. His theories of natural language, and their many successors, are of course still taught today, as any student in our semantics courses can tell you. For taking some time off from the intellectual effort that it takes to come to grips with logical languages, without leaving the topic altogether, there is an exciting option: A few years ago, Aifric Campbell published a murder mystery, The Semantics of Murder, which is constructed around the real-world events surrounding the life of Richard Montague. Here’s your exceptional chance to enjoy a structural analysis of a higher-order quantificational formula in a relaxing environment – as a student of semantics you might want to check out page 58 of the 2008 softcover edition right away!
- Information on Richard Montague in wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Montague
- Information on Aifric Campbell in wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aifric_Campbell
- Website of the book: http://www.thesemanticsofmurder.com/
- Earlier post in this blog on linguistic topics in fiction