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LINGUIST List 19.419

Tue Feb 05 2008

Confs: Gerneral Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics/Germany

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        1.    Jacques Jayez, ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems

Message 1: ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems
Date: 05-Feb-2008
From: Jacques Jayez <jjayezens-lsh.fr>
Subject: ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems
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ESSLLI 2008 - Free Choiceness: Facts, Models, Problems

Date: 11-Aug-2008 - 15-Aug-2008
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact: Jacques Jayez
Contact Email: jjayezens-lsh.fr
Meeting URL: http://elico.linguist.jussieu.fr/fc-esslli08.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Approaches to the description and modelling of free choice items.

Organised as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and
Information ESSLLI 2008 (http://www.illc.uva.nl/ESSLLI2008/), 4-15 August, 2008
in Hamburg, Germany

So called Free Choice Items (words like 'any' in English) are represented in the
lexicon of most natural languages. Roughly speaking, they express equivalence
between the members of a set from different points of view (practical,
inferential, affective). In addition to raising difficult descriptive problems
for linguists, they prove challenging for formal and cognitive theories that
explore the relations between linguistic meaning, reasoning abilities and emotions.

The general goal of the workshop is to offer an up to date guided tour of this
complex landscape and to bring out the major threads of the debate.

The theme of the workshop brings up questions like the following:
Free Choiceness and the treatment of alternatives
Attitudinal values: widening, indifference, derogatory uses, etc. Are they
peripheral or core values?
(In)definiteness and quantification: the existential vs. universal debate
Free Choice items in diachrony
Free relatives
The relation of Free Choiceness to polarity sensitivity

Invited Speakers:

Veneeta Dayal Rutgers University USA
Rob van Rooy ILLC Amsterdam Holland

Important Dates:

Submissions: March 8, 2008
Notification: April 21, 2008
Preliminary programme: May 5, 2008
ESSLLI early registration: May 2008
Final papers for proceedings: May 17, 2008
Final programme: June 23, 2008

Workshop dates: 11-15 August 2008

Scientific Committee:

Jacques Jayez ENS Lyon France
Lucia Tovena Université Paris 7 France
Veneeta Dayal Rutgers University USA
Cleo Condoravdi Xerox USA
Francis Corblin Université Paris 4 France
Rob van Rooy ILLC Amsterdam Holland

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