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  1. pauline_jacobson, Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop

Message 1: Direct Compositionality: A Worskhop

Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 11:35:42 +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). Below is the final schedule for the Workshop
on Direct Compositionality, Brown University, June 19-21.

For those who have not yet registered but are planning to attend:
on-sight registration will be possible, but please let us know ahead
of time so that we can get an accurate count for the food during
breaks, etc. Send e-mail to:

If you are planning to attend the conference dinner you must sign up
by June 13! You can download the registration form at the conference
url and fax it to the conference services.

There is still a (limited amount) of crash space available on a
first-come first-serve basis. E-mail the above if you are interested.
There might also still be dorm space available ($38 a night) though
this is not guaranteed; contact the conference service for

Final Schedule - Workshop on Direct Compositionality

All sessions will be held in Macmillan 115. Macmillan Hall is located
on the east side of Thayer St., and the north side of George
Street. Breaks and registration will be held in Macmillan Lobby.

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

8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Breakfast (Macmillan Lobby)

Session 1 Chair: Mark Johnson (Brown University)

9:00 - 9:20 OPENING REMARKS - William Warren, Chair, Dept. of
Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, Brown

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

Session 2 Chair: Julie Sedivy (Brown Unviversity)

1:40-2:50 Maribel Romero (University of Pennsylvania)
"On Concealed Questions and Specificational Subjects"
Discussants: Daphna Heller (Rutgers) and Ivano Caponigro (UCLA)

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
Discussant: Alexis Dimitriadis (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics)

Friday, June 20 

8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast, Macmillan Lobby

Session 3 Chair: tba

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

Session 4 Chair: Gianluca Storto (University of Rochester)


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

The Chancellor's Dining room is located in Sharpe Refectory, on the
south side of George St., west of Thayer. Walk west on George
St. from Thayer, on the south side of the street. Enter the first set
of set of gates that you come to, and enter the building on your left
(= Sharpe Refectory). Go up the half flight of stairs and into the
main dining hall; the Chancellor's Dining hall is the first door on
your left.

Saturday, June 21 

8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast, Macmillan Lobby

Session 5 Chair: Svetlana Godjevac (SDSU and Brown)

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 Clauses"
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

Session 6 Chair: Anna Szabolcsi (NYU)

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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