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LINGUIST List 19.3380

Thu Nov 06 2008

Calls: Pragmatics,Semantics/Norway; Philosophy of Lang,Semantics/France

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Atle Grønn, Russian in Contrast
        2.    Alda Mari, Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)

Message 1: Russian in Contrast
Date: 05-Nov-2008
From: Atle Grønn <atle.gronnilos.uio.no>
Subject: Russian in Contrast
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Full Title: Russian in Contrast

Date: 17-Sep-2009 - 19-Sep-2009
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact Person: Atle Grønn
Meeting Email: atle.gronnilos.uio.no
Web Site: http://folk.uio.no/atleg/russian_in_contrast/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

Russian in Contrast - semantics and pragmatics (formal and non-formal
approaches) of Russian language in a comparative perspective.

Russian in Contrast
September 17-19, 2009
University of Oslo, Norway

Invited Speakers:
Laura Janda (University of Tromsø)
Tore Nesset (University of Tromsø)
Elena Paducheva (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Ekaterina Rakhilina (Russian State University for the Humanities)

Programme Committee:
Atle Grønn (University of Oslo)
Maria F. Krave (University of Oslo)
Laura Janda (University of Tromsø)
Irena Marijanovic (University of Oslo)
Tore Nesset (University of Tromsø)
Elena Paducheva (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Ekaterina Rakhilina (Russian State University for the Humanities)

Submission deadline: April 01, 2009

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers (30-minute presentation plus
10-minute discussion) on any topic in the semantics/pragmatics and morpho-syntax
of Russian language in a contrastive (cross-linguistic) perspective. The
contrastive perspective may be typological in a wide sense, Indo-European,
Slavic (comparison between Russian and other Slavic languages) or it may involve
a comparative analysis of data from Russian and specific Germanic or Romance
languages. We welcome contributions in any main stream linguistic framework,
both formal and non-formal approaches. We also encourage contributions based on
corpus research, in particular data from parallel corpora.

Abstracts must be anonymous. They should be at most 2 pages in length, including
examples and references, using a 12pt font with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins on all
four sides.

Submissions in English or Russian (in pdf format) should be sent to the
following address: russiancontrastilos.uio.no

Important dates:
- Submission deadline: April 1, 2009
- Notification of acceptance: Early June, 2009
- Conference dates: September 17-19, 2009

Conference language: English and Russian

We plan to publish an edited volume based on papers presented at the conference.

Organizing Committee (University of Oslo, the RuN project):
Atle Grønn (Head of the organizing committee; Head of the RuN project)
Maria Filiouchkina Krave (PhD Student)
Irena Marijanovic (PhD student)
Message 2: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)
Date: 05-Nov-2008
From: Alda Mari <alda.mariens.fr>
Subject: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)
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Full Title: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses (Conference I)
Short Title: GENIUS (I)

Date: 11-May-2009 - 13-May-2009
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Alda Mari
Meeting Email: alda.mariens.fr
Web Site: http://www.genericity.ens.fr

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The conference welcomes papers on genericity clearly articulating
empirical and formal issues.

Call for Papers

Since the publication of the collective work 'The Generic Book' (Carlson &
Pelletier (ed.), 1995), research on genericity has developed in various
directions. The principal merit of 'The Generic Book' was to establish a unified
terminology, which paved the way for very detailed and specific studies, whose
results are intended to be cumulative.

Since then, much of the research has focused on syntactic, semantic and
pragmatic issues and important advances have been made in each of these fields
and at their interfaces. The goal of the conference is to bring together
theoreticians of different horizons articulating linguistic issues (syntax and
semantics) with logical (e.g. concerning the choice of models) and philosophical
ones. In particular, the conference aims to:

(i) Bringing together works on different languages, reconsidering the
ontological questions linked to genericity. Should one postulate species in
addition to particular individuals? Are species primitive entities or
constructions due to certain operations? What differences are there between a
species and a set of individuals? Between a species and a set of properties?
Should one go for a rich ontology with species and/or properties, or for a poor
ontology incorporating new operations?

(ii) Clarifying the relation between generic quantification and modality.

(iii) Re-evaluating the relevance of the distinction between 'GEN' and 'HAB'.
Two domains of quantification, individuals and events, are typically identified
as the domains on which these quantifiers would operate. The conference welcome
work confronting recent linguistic advances on the types of predicates giving
rise to generic interpretations (the distinction between stage-level and
individual-level predicates being too limited) and philosophical work on
dispositions, essential and accidental properties. In particular it welcomes
paper examining (a) whether this distinction is sufficient, and (b) what
empirical domains it applies to.

(iv) Articulating questions of syntax and semantics with a pragmatic
perspective. In many languages, no specific linguistic form is dedicated to
expressing genericity. The conference will gather work trying to identify under
what conditions a sentence is construed generically articulating research around
the structure of information, discourse, and prosody and reconsidering the
distinction between analytic and synthetic judgments, examining under which
conditions genericity might be independent of inductive inferences.

(v) Articulating the question of exceptions, in particular at the interface of
semantics and pragmatics (addressing the relation between genericity and free
choiceness, genericity and vagueness and contextual interpretation more generally).

Invited Speakers:
Nicholas Asher (IRIT / University of Texas at Austin)
Ariel Cohen (Ben Gurion University)
Francis Corblin (Université Paris Sorbonne)
Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (CNRS / Paris VII)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS Berlin)
Christopher Piñón (Université Lille III)

The conference welcomes papers on different languages clearly articulating
empirical and formal issues, including but not limited to the following topics:
ILP SLP distinction
Kind terms
Generic Determiners
Generic Quantification
Frequency Adverbs
GEN / HAB distinction
Tense and Aspect in generic sentences
Free choiceness and genericity
Genericity and modality

Selection Committee
Nicholas Asher (CNRS/Austin Texas)
Claire Beyssade (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University)
Francis Corblin (Paris IV Sorbonne)
Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (LLF Paris VII)
Brenda Laca (Université Paris VIII)
Alda Mari (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)
David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Christopher Piñón (Université Lille III)
Benjamin Spector (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)

Abstract Submission
Anonymous abstracts in pdf format not exceeding 2 pages with standard 1 inch
margins on all sides, including examples, figures and references, are to be sent
to GenerictyConferencegmail.com One single authored and a co-authored abstract
can be submitted. Please include in the body of the mail the following information:
Title of the abstract
E-mail Address

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: January 31st
Notification: March 1st

Organization Committee
Alda Mari (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)
David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)
Claire Beyssade (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)

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