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Full Title: Workshop on the Syntax, the Semantics & the Psycholinguistics [of Sharing]

Short Title: WorkShare2012
Location: Nantes, France
Start Date: 02-Nov-2012 - 03-Nov-2012
Contact: Nicolas Guilliot
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Meeting Description: This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from the combined perspective of syntax, semantics and psycholinguistics to discuss and confront theoretical and experimental issues raised by the syntax & the semantics [of sharing] - that is, of constructions involving shared material (see the unit within brackets above!). These typically include Right Node Raising, Across-The-Board, coordinated multiple wh- questions, as well as gapping, sluicing, VP/NP ellipsis, or movement on a multidominance analysis.

The purpose of this workshop is twofold: on the one hand, to evaluate competing theoretical analyses of sharing, at the syntax-semantics interface. In particular, we seek to confront multidominance analyses of sharing with their alternatives - namely, ellipsis or (sideward) movement; and, on the other hand, to bring experimental evidence to bear on these issues.

The core questions we seek to address in this workshop include but are not restricted to [the following]:

(i) What are the semantic and psycholinguistic issues that the syntax of multidominance raises (relative to its competitors)?
(ii) How does multidominance fare in handling the semantics of sharing, relative to its competitors? How does the semantic composition proceed on a multidominance analysis of sharing? In particular, is the shared material interpreted once or more?
(iii) What evidence from experimental linguistics can be brought to bear on these issues and, in particular, to evaluate, decide between multidominance and its competitors? What kind of (possibly new) experimental design (relating sharing structures with retrospective/prospective searc or parallelism effects) could answer these questions? If processing is top-down, how are multidominance structures computed?

Invited Speakers:

Asaf Bachrach & Roni Katzir, CNRS-UMR7023 & University of Tel Aviv
Kyle Johnson, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Uli Sauerland, ZAS
Masaya Yoshida, Northwestern University

Invited Commentators:

Rajesh Bhatt, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Roni Katzir & Asaf Bachrach, University of Tel Aviv & CNRS-UMR7023
Michal Starke, University of Tromsø
Vidal Valmala, University of the Basque Country Gastéiz

Organizing Committee:

Hamida Demirdache, Nicolas Guilliot & Dafina Ratiu (University of Nantes)
Leticia Pablos Robles (University of Leiden)
Linguistic Subfield: Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 23.4415

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