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Fri May 9 2003

Confs: Syntax/Semantics/RI USA

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  1. pauline_jacobson, Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop

Message 1: Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop

Date: Fri, 09 May 2003 13:31:22 +0000
From: pauline_jacobson <>
Subject: Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop

Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop 
Short Title: Direct Compositionality

Date: 19-JUN-03 - 21-JUN-03
Location: Providence, RI, United States of America
Contact: Pauline Jacobson
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Syntax, Semantics

Meeting Description:

This is an NSF-funded 3 day workshop to be held at Brown University,
Providence RI on June 19-21, 2003. The aim of the workshop is to
examine the feasibility of the hypothesis of direct compositionality.
This is the hypothesis that the syntax and semantics of natural
language work in tandem (and without use of mediating levels of
representation like LF). 

Workshop on Direct Compositionality: June 19-21 Brown University,
Providence, RI

Registration Materials are available at:

IMPORTANT REMINDER ON HOUSING: On-Campus housing options can be
guaranteed only to those participants registering for them before MAY
18. The two on-campus options are domitory-style rooms (single rooms,
many air-conditioned, no private bathrooms) for $38 a night, or a
limited number of hotel style rooms at the Inn at Brown for $110 a
night. Both options are in the Vartan Gregorian Quadrangle, on
campus, and just a few blocks from the conference site. Parking is
also avaible in a nearby lot for a small additional fee.

There is also a limited amount of "crash space" available; contact
to reserve (reserve early, as space is limited).

REGISTRATION FEES: $15 for students; $30 for faculty or other
gainfully employed people. Registration fee can be waived for special
circumstances; contact the conference e-mail (above) for inquiries.

DINNER: There will be a conference dinner on Friday night. This is
not included in the cost of the registration; the dinner cost is $15
for students and $25 for faculty (or other employed people).

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE INFORMATION: The conference will begin at 9
a.m. on the 19th, and will finish by 4 p.m. on the 21s.


Chris Barker, UC San Diego, "Explaining Weak Crossover"

Rajesh Bhatt, Texas, TBA

Maria Bittner, Rutgers, "Ontology for Incremental Update:
Polysynthesis Online"

Daniel Buring, UCLA, "The phrase that wasn't there - ellipsis and
focus from a variable-free perspective"

Ivano Caponigro (UCLA) and Daphna Heller (Rutgers), "The Non-Concealed
Nature of Free Relatives"

Alexis Dimitriadis (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics), "Lexical arity
operations and formal power"

David Dowty (Ohio State), TBA

Danny Fox (MIT), "The syntax and semantics of traces"

Pauline Jacobson (Brown), "Direct compositionality and variable-free
semantics: the case of Principle B"

Maribel Romero (Penn), TBA

Christopher Potts, UC Santa Cruz and UMass, "A Layered Semantics for
Utterance Modifiers"

Ken Shan (Harvard), "Linguistic Side Effects"

Yael Sharvit (UConn), "Some Reconstruction Issues"

Yoad Winter (Technion Institute, Haifa), "Flexibility with types and
categories: a unified perspective"
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