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Full Title: How Categorical are Categories?

Short Title: TRAIT
Location: Wrocław, Poland
Start Date: 07-Jan-2013 - 09-Jan-2013
Contact: Joanna Blaszczak
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Meeting Description: The Research Group TRAIT working at the Center for General and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Wroclaw in Poland ( ( is pleased to announce that the international workshop ‘How Categorical are Categories?’ will be held at the University of Wroclaw in January 2013.


How categorical are the traditional distinctions between grammatical categories and how categorical is their semantics? New theoretical and experimental approaches to old problems

General Issue:

The workshop is intended to bring together formal and experimental linguists and thus provide a forum for discussion about the nature of linguistic diversity in syntax and semantics of various grammatical categories, with special focus on Tense, Aspect and Modality.

Dates: 7-9 January 2013
Location: Wrocław (University of Wrocław, Institute of English Studies)

Invited Speakers:

Mark C. Baker (Rutgers University)
Oliver Bott (University of Tübingen)
Bridget Copley (CNRS and Université Paris 8)
Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago)
Valentine Hacquard (University of Maryland)
Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS and Humboldt-University of Berlin)
Roumyana Pancheva (University of Southern California)
Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht University)
Martina Wiltschko (University of British Columbia)
Malte Zimmermann (University of Potsdam)

Sponsored by the Institute of English Studies of the University of Wroclaw and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)

Registration Fee:

Faculty: 120 EUR
Students: 60 EUR

The fee covers the conference dinner as well as snacks and refreshments during coffee breaks.


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Preliminary Registration (Important!):

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Linguistic Subfield: Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.4854

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