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LINGUIST List 20.3013

Tue Sep 08 2009

Calls: Semantics, Typology/Spain

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        1.    Berit Gehrke, Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates

Message 1: Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates
Date: 07-Sep-2009
From: Berit Gehrke <berit.gehrkeupf.edu>
Subject: Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates
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Full Title: Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates

Date: 17-Mar-2010 - 17-Mar-2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Berit Gehrke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://parles.upf.es/glif/pub/events2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2009

Meeting Description:

The last 20 years have seen a flowering of approaches to the semantics of predicates that describe different sorts of eventualities, including states, processes, and more complex events (hereafter 'event predicates', for short). The complexity of these semantics has developed in two directions. On the one hand, increasingly greater richness of detail has been provided in the logical representations for event predicates, from Davidson's 1967 use of event arguments, to so-called neo-Davidsonian representations (e.g. Krifka 1989, Parsons 1990) which represent the entailments associated with event participants separately, to representations which focus on the relation between events and their parts - often referred to in terms of 'event structure' (e.g. Pustejovsky 1995). On the other hand, the models for event semantics have been enriched, for example, by imposing a mereological structure on the models for the eventuality domain (e.g. Lasersohn 1988), or by proposals to expand or restrict the basic ontological inventory of eventualities (e.g. Piñón 1997 and Katz 1995, respectively).

In contrast, comparatively less attention has been devoted to an equally important aspect of the semantics of event predicates, namely the specific sets of entailments that support a theory of the typology of event predicates. Since the seminal work of Dowty (1979), in which a small set of primitive predicates were defined to characterize the so-called aspectual classes of verbs, little work on event semantics has explicitly addressed questions such as whether Dowty's primitives are empirically adequate, particularly cross-linguistically, or what a typology of the lexical entailments that support aspectual classifications across languages might consist in and in what ways it might be parameterized.

Invited Speakers:

Anita Mittwoch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jean-Pierre Koenig (University of Buffalo)

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: October 31, 2009
Notification of acceptance: December 1, 2009
Workshop date: March 17, 2010


The workshop is hosted by GLiF (Grup de Lingüística Formal) at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. It is a satellite event of the XX Generative Grammar Colloquium, to be held at Universitat Pompeu Fabra on March 18-20, 2010.

Scientific Committee:

Boban Arsenijević, Berit Gehrke, Graham Katz, Jean-Pierre Koenig, Rafael Marín,
Louise McNally, Anita Mittwoch.

Call for Papers:

The goal of this one-day workshop is to address this latter aspect of the semantics of event predicates - to borrow a term from Terence Parsons, their subatomic semantics. Specifically, we invite proposals for 30-minute presentations (+ 10 minutes' discussion) on any topic which contributes to our understanding of this subatomic semantics, including (though not limited to):

- Alternative means of precisely modeling notions such as change, inchoativity, causation, resultativity, telicity, dynamicity, and other commonly-assumed components of event descriptions.

- Descriptions and analyses of cross-linguistic differences in the ways such notions are morphosyntactically manifest.

- Precise characterizations of systematic relations between entailments associated with events and those associated with their participants.

- Proposals which address the problem of determining when a predicate refers to an eventuality with a complex structure (e.g. a change and its result) as opposed to a simple eventuality pragmatically related to other eventualities (e.g. a change which simply entails a result).

- Reports on experimental work which contributes to our understanding of this subatomic semantics and its psychological underpinnings

We invite abstracts for 40 minute papers (including 10 minutes for discussion). Authors are asked to submit their abstracts to the following site: https://www.easychair.org/login.cgi?conf=events2010.
If you do not have an EasyChair account, please follow the instructions provided and create one.

Abstracts should be anonymous and at most 2 pages in length, including references, using a 12 pt. font with 2,5 cm margins on all sides.

Deadline for abstract submission: October 31, 2009

Notification of acceptance: December 1, 2009

Workshop date: March 17, 2010

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