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  1. pauline_jacobson, Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop

Message 1: Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop

Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 13:19:03 +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). NOTE: registration materials may be
downloaded from the conference website at

Although the deadline for guaranteed on-campus housing has passed,
some may still be available; crash space is also available. For
questions, contact

Provisional Schedule - Workshop on Direct Compositionality

Each paper session is 1 hour 10 minutes - this will be broken down
very roughly as follows: talk - 45 minutes; discussant remarks - 10
minutes; questions/discussion - 15 minutes. There are also two
general discussion sessions (one Friday, one Saturday).
Thursday, June 19

9:00 - 9:20		OPENING REMARKS
9:20-10:30		Maria Bittner (Rutgers)	
			"Ontology for Incremental Update: Polysynthesis Online"
			Discussant: Daniel Buring (UCLA)
10:30-11:00		Break
11:00 - 12:10		Alexis Dimitriadis (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics)
			"Lexical Arity Operations and Formal Power"
			Discussant: David Dowty (Ohio State University)
12:10-1:40		Lunch
1:40-2:50		Maribel Romero (University of Pennsylvania)
			"On Concealed Questions and Specificational Subjects"
			Discussants: Daphna Heller (Rutgers) and Ivano Caponigro 
2:50-4:00		Ivano Caponigro (UCLA) and Daphna Heller (Rutgers)
		 	"The Non-Concealed Nature of Free Relatives:
			Implications for Connectivity"
			Discussant: Maribel Romero (Univerity of Pennsylvania)
4:00 - 4:30 		Break
4:30- 5:40		Daniel Buring (UCLA)
			"The Phrase That Wasn't There: Ellipsis and
			Focus from a Variable-Free Perspective"
			Discussant: Alexis Dimitriadis (Utrecht
			Institute of Linguistics)

Friday, June 20

9:00-10:10		Pauline Jacobson (Brown)
			"Direct Compositionality and Variable-Free Semantics:
			The Case of Principle B"
			Discussant: Danny Fox (MIT)
10:10 - 11:20		Yoad Winter (Technion Institute, Haifa)
			"Flexibility with types and categories: A
			Unified Perspective"
			Discussant: Ken Shan (Harvard)
11:20-11:50		Break
11:50 - 1:00		David Dowty (Ohio State University)
			"Varieties of Compositionality"
			Discussant: Chris Barker (UC San Diego)
1:00 - 2:30		Lunch
3:00 - 4:10		Chris Barker (UC San Diego)
			(reporting in part on joint work with Ken Shan , Harvard)
			"Explaining Weak Crossover"
			Discussant: Chris Potts (UC Santa Cruz and UMass)
4:10 - 4:40		Break
4:40 - 5:50		Ken Shan (Harvard)
			(reporting in part on joint work with Chris Barker, UCSD
			"Linguistic Side Effects"
			Discussant: Yoad Winter (Technion Institute, Haifa)
6:30 - 9:30		Conference Dinner, ChancelloR's Dining Room 
Saturday, June 21
9:00 - 10:10		Danny Fox (MIT)
			"The Syntax and Semantics of Traces"
			Discussant: Pauline Jacobson (Brown)
10:10 - 11:20		Rajesh Bhatt (University of Texas)
			(joint work with Roumyana Pancheva, USC)
			"Comparative Scope and the Surface Position of Degree
			Discussant: Yael Sharvit (University of Connecticut)	
11:20-11:40		Break
11:40 - 12:50		Yael Sharvit (University of Connecticut)
			"Some Reconstruction Issues"
			Discussant: Rajesh Bhatt (University of Texas)
12:50 - 2:10		lunch
2:10 - 3:20		Christopher Potts (UC Santa Cruz and UMass)
			"A Layered Semantics for Utterance Modifiers"
			Discussant: Maria Bittner (Rutgers)
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