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LINGUIST List 18.1771

Mon Jun 11 2007

Calls: Semantics,Syntax,Typology/Germany; Semantics,Syntax/Norway

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Alexis Dimitriadis, Reciprocals Cross-Linguistically
        2.    Peter Svenonius, The Syntax and Semantics of Measurability


Message 1: Reciprocals Cross-Linguistically
Date: 10-Jun-2007
From: Alexis Dimitriadis <alexis.dimitriadislet.uu.nl>
Subject: Reciprocals Cross-Linguistically


Full Title: Reciprocals Cross-Linguistically

Date: 30-Nov-2007 - 01-Dec-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Alexis Dimitriadis
Meeting Email: reciprocals07gmail.com
Web Site: http://languagelink.let.uu.nl/burs/RCL07/

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 25-Jun-2007

Meeting Description

The conference 'Reciprocals Cross-Linguistically' will provide a forum for
research on reciprocals from diverse theoretical viewpoints, with the goal of
achieving cross-fertilization and new insights.

Second Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for 40-minute talks (30+10) on any topic related to the
semantics, morphosyntax, or typology of reciprocals, especially from a
cross-linguistic perspective. The meeting is meant to provide a forum for
research on reciprocals from diverse theoretical viewpoints, with the goal of
achieving cross-fertilization and new insights.

Invited Speakers

Sigrid Beck, University of Tübingen
Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute for EVA
Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, CNRS
Nicholas Evans, University of Melbourne
Alda Mari, CNRS
Vladimir P. Nedjalkov, Russian Academy of Sciences (not confirmed)
Yoad Winter, Technion

Organizing Committee

Ekkehard König, Martin Everaert, Alexis Dimitriadis, Volker Gast

The meeting is jointly organized by the Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS
(Utrecht University) and the Institut für Englische Philologie of the Free
University of Berlin, in conjunction with the research project ''A typology of
reciprocal markers: Analysis and documentation''
(http://languagelink.let.uu.nl/burs/project.html).

How to submit abstracts

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 25 June, 2007.

Please submit an anonymous abstract, preferably in PDF format, to the following
email address: reciprocals07gmail.com. The text of the abstract, including
examples, should not exceed two pages; a third page can be used for references,
figures, or unusually large or numerous examples.

The body of your email message should include your name, affiliation and contact
information.

More information will periodically appear on the Conference website:

http://languagelink.let.uu.nl/burs/RCL07/
Message 2: The Syntax and Semantics of Measurability
Date: 10-Jun-2007
From: Peter Svenonius <peter.svenoniushum.uit.no>
Subject: The Syntax and Semantics of Measurability



Full Title: The Syntax and Semantics of Measurability

Date: 17-Jun-2007 - 18-Jun-2007
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Gillian Ramchand
Meeting Email: measurehum.uit.no
Web Site: http://www.hum.uit.no/scaleconference/

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2007

Meeting Description:

The Syntax and Semantics of Measurability

CASTL, University of Tromsø

Invited Speakers:

- Chris Kennedy (Chicago),
- Manfred Krifka (ZAS/Humboldt),
- (additional invited speakers to be confirmed)

Abstract deadline July 15th, 2007; address for (two-page) abstracts
measurehum.uit.no

The Syntax and Semantics of Measurability

Hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics,
University of Tromsø

Call for Papers

Deadline: July 15,2007

Two-page abstracts are invited for talks on any aspect of the syntax and/or
semantics of measurability. Papers may be 30 minutes plus time for
discussion or 45 minutes plus time for discussion. Indicate clearly in the
abstract whether it is for a 30-minute or a 45-minute talk.

Send abstracts in anonymous and named versions to measurehum.uit.no

Partial travel support will be available for speakers whose abstracts are
selected

Measurability across categories:

While there are clear distributional differences among the major lexical
categories, the semantics of scalar structure seems to cross cut these
natural boundaries, giving rise to the phenomenon of measuring and measure
phrase modification, often with the same lexical ingredients.

a. John slept a lot/2hours. (Verb)
b. John is a lot/6cm taller than Mary. (Comparative Adjective)
c. John ate a lot of/3 oz of beans (Noun)
d. John ran 2 miles along the track (Preposition)

Thus, scalar structure can be found in the meanings of (i) verbs, in the
unfolding of events according to a linearly ordered time line; (ii)
adjectives, in the form of gradability and comparison with regard to
property degree; (iii) nominals, in the form of the part-whole scales
required for measurement, and (iv) prepositions, in the form of spatial
paths and locative projections.

The purpose of this workshop is to investigate the extent to which
measurability has a common syntactic and/or semantic representation within
natural language. Papers are invited that deal with the semantic and/or
syntactic analysis of scales/paths and their measures in any of the major
syntactic categories. Papers dealing with measurability in a single domain,
as well as those which explicitly deal with comparing measurability across
domains are welcome.

Suitable topics include, but are not restricted to the following questions:

- To what extent does scalarity/path structure have a common syntactic
representation across categories? Or does the cross categorial nature of
the phenomenon point to a common semantics that is mismatched with the syntax?

- How do the 'scales' corresponding to different categories interact
semantically when they are in a close syntactic relationship? The relevant
phenomena here include verbs interacting with PP complements, with
adjectival material in the construction of deadjectival verbs, or with DP
objects with incremental theme verbs.



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