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Full Title: Much Ado about Much: Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Quantity Expressions
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Start Date: 12-Oct-2012 - 13-Oct-2012
Contact: Yaron McNabb
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://cms.uni-konstanz.de/ling/quantoren/events/much-ado-about-much-the-semantics-and-pragmatics-of-quantity-expressions/
Meeting Description: In this workshop, we set out to discuss the semantics and pragmatics of quantity expressions, such as ‘much’, ‘many’, ‘little’, and their comparative (‘more’, ‘less’) and superlative (‘most’, ‘least’) counterparts. We are interested in theoretical and experimental investigations that address questions such as:

- Should the analysis of the various quantity expressions be stated in a uniform way or does each expression require a distinct analysis?

- What is the basic meaning of ‘positive’ quantity expressions (‘much’, ‘many’, ‘little’, ‘few’) and how do they relate to each other?

- Is the meaning of the comparative and superlative expressions derived from their ‘positive’ counterparts?

- How can we derive the differences in implications and inferences that the various expressions carry?

- What is the source of ‘epistemic effects’ and ‘ignorance references’ in some quantity expressions, especially in superlative quantifiers—is it semantic (lexical) or pragmatic?
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 23.4110

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