Hans Kamp

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Hans Kamp
Born5 September 1940 (1940-09-05) (age 78)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of Language, Semantics
Notable ideas
Discourse Representation Theory

Johan Anthony Willem "Hans" Kamp (born 1940) is a Dutch philosopher and linguist, responsible for introducing Discourse Representation Theory (DRT) in 1981.[1][2]

Kamp received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from UCLA in 1968, and has taught at Cornell University, University of London, University of Texas, Austin, and University of Stuttgart.[3] His dissertation, Tense Logic and the Theory of Linear Order (1968)[4] was devoted to functional completeness in tense logic, the main result being that all temporal operators are definable in terms of "since" and "until" - provided that the underlying temporal structure is a continuous linear ordering. Kamp's 1971 paper on "now" (Theoria) was the first employment of double-indexing in model theoretic semantics. His doctoral committee included Richard Montague as chairman, Chen Chung Chang, Alonzo Church, David Kaplan, Yiannis N. Moschovakis, and Jordan Howard Sobel.

Kamp became a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.[5] He was awarded the Jean Nicod Prize in 1996[6] and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2015.[7]

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  1. ^ Maier, Emar; Beaver, David I.; Geurts, Bart (2007-05-22). "Discourse Representation Theory".
  2. ^ "UT College of Liberal Arts: Faculty Profile Prof. Hans Kamp". liberalarts.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  3. ^ "Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans Kamp PhD | Institute for Natural Language Processing | University of Stuttgart". www.ims.uni-stuttgart.de. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  4. ^ Kamp, Johan Anthony Willem (1968). Tense logic and the theory of linear order. OCLC 26523229.
  5. ^ "J.A.W. Kamp". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Archives - INSTITUT JEAN NICOD". www.institutnicod.org. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  7. ^ "Johan Anthony Willem Kamp". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2019-03-20.