Hans Kamp

Johan Anthony Willem "Hans" Kamp (born 5 September 1940)[1] is a Dutch philosopher and linguist, responsible for introducing discourse representation theory (DRT) in 1981.[2][3]

Hans Kamp
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Born5 September 1940 (1940-09-05) (age 80)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of Language, Semantics
Notable ideas
Discourse representation theory

Kamp was born in Den Burg.[1] He 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.[4] His dissertation, Tense Logic and the Theory of Linear Order (1968)[5] 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" (published in 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.[6] He was awarded the Jean Nicod Prize in 1996[7] and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2015.[8]


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  1. ^ a b D. J. van de Kaa; Kaa; Y. de Roo (19 December 2008). De Leden Van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen: Een Demografisch Perspectief: 1808 Tot 2008. Amsterdam University Press. p. 297. ISBN 978-90-6984-552-4.
  2. ^ Maier, Emar; Beaver, David I.; Geurts, Bart (2007-05-22). "Discourse Representation Theory". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "UT College of Liberal Arts: Faculty Profile Prof. Hans Kamp". liberalarts.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  4. ^ "Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans Kamp PhD | Institute for Natural Language Processing | University of Stuttgart". www.ims.uni-stuttgart.de. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  5. ^ Kamp, Johan Anthony Willem (1968). Tense logic and the theory of linear order. OCLC 26523229.
  6. ^ "J.A.W. Kamp". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Archives - INSTITUT JEAN NICOD". www.institutnicod.org. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  8. ^ "Johan Anthony Willem Kamp". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2019-03-20.