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LINGUIST List 16.3279

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: 13-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): Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

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 theoretical.

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

Dec 8, 2005

-Manfred Krifka: Title TBA
-Shravan Vasishth and Heiner Drenhaus: Processing constraints on polarity: Converging evidence from eyetracking, ERP, and speeded acceptability ratings
-Heiner Drenhaus and Joanna Blazczak: Title TBA
-Manfred Sailer: A Collocational Theory of Negative Polarity Item Licensing

Dec 9, 2005
-Laurence Horn: NPIs that are barely licensed: Polarity, entailment, and implicature
-Tessa Warren and Mako Hirotani: Memory influences on the processing of Negative Polarity Items
-Heiner Drenhaus and Peter beim Graben: Title TBA
-Ira Noveck: Title TBA

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