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Wed Sep 18 2002

Confs: Semantics & Syntax - France

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  1. Ileana Comorovski, Confs: 'EXISTENCE: Semantics and Syntax', Nancy, France - final program

Message 1: Confs: 'EXISTENCE: Semantics and Syntax', Nancy, France - final program

Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 22:39:23 +0200
From: Ileana Comorovski <>
Subject: Confs: 'EXISTENCE: Semantics and Syntax', Nancy, France - final program

 EXISTENCE : Semantics and Syntax

 26-28 September, 2002
 University of Nancy 2

THURSDAY, September 26

8.45 - 9.15 : Registration

9.15 - 9.30 : Welcome

9.30 - 10.30 : Invited talk
Barbara Partee and Vladimir Borschev : Existential Sentences, BE, and
Genitive of Negation in Russian

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.45 
Elephants, times and predicate case in the Russian copula
Tania Ionin (MIT) and Ora Matushansky (CNRS/MIT)

11.45 - 12.30
Some aspects of predication in Spanish in comparison with Russian
Richard Zuber (CNRS/U. Paris 7)


2.15 - 3.00
Predication and equation : Two BEs or not Two BEs? Evidence from Russian
Ljudmila Geist (ZAS Berlin)

3.00 - 3.45
Specificational clauses and semantic types
Line Mikkelsen (University of California at Santa Cruz)

Coffee break

4.15 - 5.00
An irrealis auxiliary BE in Romanian
Larisa Avram (University of Bucharest/NIAS) and Virginia Hill
(University of New Brunswick)

5.00 - 5.45
Intransitive BE in the grammar of English
Ronnie Cann (University of Edinburgh)

FRIDAY, September 27

9.30 - 10.30 : Invited talk
Francis Corblin (TBA)

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.45
Against a Davidsonian analysis of copula sentences: the case of German
'sein' and Spanish 'ser'/'estar'
Claudia Maienborn (ZAS Berlin)

11.345- 12.30
Decomposing existence: Evidence from Germanic
Christine Czinglar (University of Vienna/Austrian Academy of Sciences)


2.15 - 3.00
Focus and the basic function of Chinese Existential You-Sentences
Jianhua Hu and Haihua Pan (City University of Hong Kong)

3.00 - 3.45
Information Structure and Two Existential Readings in Japanese
Satoshi Tomioka (University of Delaware)

3.45 - 4.30
Incorporation and Binding in Existential Sentences: a
Unification-Based Account
Agnes Bende-Farkas and Hans Kamp (IMS, Stuttgart University)

Coffee break

5.00- 6.00 : Invited talk
Fred Ladman : Indefiniteness and the type of sets

SATURDAY, September 28

9.15 - 10.15 : Invited talk
Bart Geurts : Beyond existence presuppositions

Coffee break

10.45 - 11.30
Hindi bare singular nominals as indefinite
Shravan Vasishth (Universitaet des Saarlandes)

11.30 - 12.15
Unfinished objects and anaphoric coreference
Eric McCready (University of Texas at Austin)

12.00 - 12.45
Referentially anchored indefinite NPs
Klaus von Heusinger (University of Konstanz)

Not Unifying Non-Verbal Predication
Andrew Dowd (University of California at Santa Cruz)

Abstracts and practical information are available at:

The conference is organized with the support of CogniEst ('Reseau
Grand-Est de Sciences Cognitives') and the University of Nancy 2.
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