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LINGUIST List 20.1560

Thu Apr 23 2009

Confs: Philosophy of Language, Semantics/Canada

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        1.    Sheryl Sawyer, Non-Canonical Predication Workshop

Message 1: Non-Canonical Predication Workshop
Date: 22-Apr-2009
From: Sheryl Sawyer <ssawyer4uwo.ca>
Subject: Non-Canonical Predication Workshop
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Non-Canonical Predication Workshop
Short Title: NCP 2009

Date: 15-May-2009 - 17-May-2009
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Ileana Paul
Contact Email: ileanauwo.ca
Meeting URL: http://www.uwo.ca/linguistics/ncp_2009

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Non-Canonical Predication 2009

This workshop addresses two questions, one more empirical, one more theoretical.

Let us agree, at least for the sake of argument, on what predication is: it is
the application of a function to an appropriate argument, yielding as value a
truth-evaluable proposition.

Our first question is, what means does natural language afford for achieving
predication? That is, what mechanism(s) does it afford for supplying the truth
function and the argument, and for combining them? More specifically, is there
just one way to achieve predication, universal across natural languages, and if
so what is it? The Tense Phrase, the Small Clause, or something else again? Or,
if there is more than one way, is there nevertheless one canonical means? and if
so what is it, and what are the non-canonical forms of predicating?

Our second question is broader, namely what are the larger implications, for
linguistic theory and for philosophy of language, of the correct answer to the
first question. For example, if there isn't even a canonical means of
predicating in natural language, then it seems that one cannot provide a
philosophical explication of predication in terms of any such natural language
construction.

This workshop is by invitation only, but the public is welcome to attend. There
is no registration fee, but we ask that you submit a registration form at
http://www.uwo.ca/linguistics/ncp_2009/registration.html
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