New Podcast: Professor Kai von Fintel on the Launch of a New Open Access Journal in Linguistics

The fourth episode in a new series of podcasts on various aspects of scholarly publishing & copyright is now available.

In this episode, we hear from Professor Kai von Fintel, Professor of Linguistics at MIT, whose research areas are in semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, and the intersections among them.

Professor von Fintel discusses the launch of a new open access journal, Semantics and Pragmatics, with co-editor David Beaver of the University of Texas at Austin. The podcast was recorded at a critical moment in the journal’s history, a few weeks after its website was launched and opened for submissions, and a few months before the first papers are expected to appear there, in early 2008.

Download the Audio File (11:11 minutes; 10.3MB)

More information about Professor von Fintel’s open access journal is available at the Semantic and Pragmatics website, which includes a blog by the editors. A previous MIT Libraries’ blog story also contains more information.

The other episodes in the podcast series are available on the scholarly publication website.

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