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Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates
Message 1: Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates
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: events2010upf.edu
Web Site: http://parles.upf.es/glif/pub/events2010/
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Typology
Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2009
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,
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
Final 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:
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.
Anita Mittwoch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Jean-Pierre Koenig (University of Buffalo)
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.
Boban Arsenijević, Berit Gehrke, Graham Katz, Jean-Pierre Koenig, Rafael Marín,
Louise McNally, Anita Mittwoch.
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