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LINGUIST List 16.3278

Mon Nov 14 2005

Confs: Psycholing/Cognitive Science/Potsdam, Germany

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        1.    Shravan Vasishth, Polarity meets Psycholinguistics

Message 1: Polarity meets Psycholinguistics
Date: 14-Nov-2005
From: Shravan Vasishth <vasishthacm.org>
Subject: Polarity meets Psycholinguistics

Polarity meets Psycholinguistics
Short Title: PmP05

Date: 08-Dec-2005 - 09-Dec-2005
Location: Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Contact: Shravan Vasishth
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~vasishth/PmP05/PolarityWorkshop05.html

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

Motivation and theme

Research on negative and positive polarity items has a rich tradition in
linguistic theory. Most of the debates have revolved around the question,
what are the linguistic constraints on polarity items? The answers to
this question have usually focused on semantic, syntactic, pragmatic, and
metalinguistic factors. Interestingly, there has been relatively little
work on the connection between polarity licensing and real-time language
processing. The present workshop is an attempt to change this.

Polarity is an interesting test case both for processing theories and
linguistic theory: It is interesting for psycholinguists because polarity
is a quintessentially linguistic phenomenon, but has significant
processing issues associated with it, such as the real-time resolution of
the licensor-licensee dependency in negative polarity, and an anti-
dependency with respect to negative contexts in the case of positive
polarity items. For theoretical linguistics, an experimentally grounded
approach can help to provide an empirical basis for theoretical debates
about polarity licensing and, perhaps, even fundamentally shift
theoretical stances.

The present workshop aims to explore the relationship between the purely
linguistic constraints on polarity licensing and real-time processing
constraints on language in general. In order to facilitate the
interaction between processing and polarity research, we have invited a
range of speakers, some engaged in empirical research, and others in

Location and registration details

The workshop will be held in Haus 14, Room 45, in the Golm campus of the
University of Potsdam. There are no registration fees and everyone is
welcome to attend. But, and this is very important, if you are planning
to attend the workshop, please inform Shravan Vasishth at:

Talks are 45 minutes each, with 15 minutes for discussion. The exact
start and end times will be provided soon.
Dec 8, 2005

10-11 Heiner Drenhaus, Joanna Blaszczak, Juliane Schuette: When simple
downward entailment does not work: An ERP study on Negative-Polarity-
Items in German

11-12 Peter beim Graben, Heiner Drenhaus, Doug Saddy, and Stefan Frisch:
On the processing of Negative Polarity constructions using the Symbolic
Resonance Analysis

12-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Shravan Vasishth, Richard Lewis, and Heiner Drenhaus:
Processing constraints on polarity: Converging evidence from eyetracking,
ERP, and speeded acceptability ratings

14:30-15:30 Manfred Sailer: A Collocational Theory of Negative Polarity
Item Licensing

Dec 9, 2005

10-11 Laurence Horn: NPIs that are barely licensed: Polarity,
entailment, and implicature

11-12 Tessa Warren and Masako Hirotani: Memory influences on the
processing of Negative Polarity Items

12-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Doug Saddy: A cortical smile

14:30-15:30 Manfred Krifka: Title TBA

15:30-16 Coffee break

16-17 Ira Noveck: Title TBA

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