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LINGUIST List 21.2712

Thu Jun 24 2010

Calls: Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Elyssa Winzeler <elyssalinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Eva Csipak, Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any'

Message 1: Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any'
Date: 22-Jun-2010
From: Eva Csipak <eva.csipakphil.uni-goettingen.de>
Subject: Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any'
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Full Title: Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any'

Date: 14-Jan-2011 - 15-Jan-2011
Location: Goettingen, Germany
Contact Person: Manfred Sailer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.negative-polarity-items.uni-goettingen.de/wiki/index.php/BeyondAny

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2010

Meeting Description:

Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any': Challenging Theories of NPI Licensing

University of Goettingen
January 14 and 15, 2011

Invited speakers:
Jon Gajewski
Jack Hoeksema
Utpal Lahiri
Bob Levine

Is polarity sensitivity a syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic phenomenon?
Licensing theories in all three fields have reached a high level of
sophistication. However, theories in the three fields compete rather than
converge, which we take to indicate that the phenomenon has not as yet
been fully understood. In this workshop, we propose to focus on under-
researched NPIs, under-researched licensing contexts, and to challenge
theories by empirical methods from corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics.
The list of open issues includes, but is not limited to, the following:

- Polarity items in non-assertive speech acts
- Polarity items with idiosyncratic licensing patterns
- Parasitic licensing
- Intervention effects
- NPIs in pycholinguistics and corpus linguistics
- Historical rise and fall of NPIs
- Patterns of use versus licensing conditions
- Verbal NPIs
- Comparison of approaches

We invite papers for 30 min. talks (plus 15 min. discussion) that pertain to one
or more of these questions, or offer other new insights in the phenomenon of
polarity sensitivity.

Abstracts should be anonymous and at most 2 pages in length. Please send
your abstracts electronically in pdf- or doc-format to

manfred.sailer -AT- phil.uni-goettingen.de

and include your name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the body of the
e-mail. Submissions will be reviewed by two reviewers.

Important dates:

- Deadline for Submission: September 15, 2010
- Notification: October 18, 2010
- Workshop: January 14 & 15, 2011

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