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LINGUIST List 21.3035

Thu Jul 22 2010

Confs: Pragmatics, Semantics, Ling Theories/Germany

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        1.    Klaus von Heusinger, Specificity from Theoretical and Empirical Points of View

Message 1: Specificity from Theoretical and Empirical Points of View
Date: 19-Jul-2010
From: Klaus von Heusinger <klaus.vonHeusingerling.uni-stuttgart.de>
Subject: Specificity from Theoretical and Empirical Points of View
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Specificity from Theoretical and Empirical Points of View
Short Title: Spec10

Date: 31-Aug-2010 - 02-Sep-2011
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact: Klaus von Heusinger
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.ilg.uni-stuttgart.de/forschung/konferenz/specificity2010

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Specificity from Theoretical and Empirical Points of View
Stuttgart - 31. August - 2. September 2010

Ongoing research on different aspects of specificity has contributed to a better understanding of the referential potential of indefinite noun phrases at the semantics-pragmatics interface. Furthermore, many studies have established a considerable body of cross-linguistic expressions and constructions that can be related to different types of specificity. The close interaction of in-depth description of particular linguistic phenomena and contrasts with theoretical models of specificity has been very fruitful. However, there are still many open questions, such as

1. How are the different types of specificity related to each other?
2. What are the interactions of specificity with other semantic-pragmatic categories such as referentiality, definiteness and genericity?
3. What is the exact range of linguistic phenomena related to specificity and what are reliable tests?
4. Can we associate different ways of encoding specificity, i.e. by lexical items, by morphology, by syntax, by phonology etc. with distinct properties of specificity?

Invited Speakers:

- Peter Bosch (confirmed)
- Gennaro Chierchia
- Paul Dekker (confirmed)
- Donka Farkas (confirmed)
- Irene Heim
- Manuel Leonetti (confirmed)
- Hans Kamp (confirmed)
- Maribel Romero
- Carla Umbach (confirmed)

Review Committee:

- Peter Bosch
- Gennaro Chierchia
- Paul Dekker
- Cornelia Ebert
- Donka Farkas
- Jeanette Gundel
- Irene Heim
- Stefan Hinterwimmer
- Tania Ionin
- Elsi Kaiser
- Hans Kamp
- Manuel Leonetti
- Luisa Marti
- Lisa Matthewson
- Paula Menéndez-Benito
- Edgar Onea
- Maribel Romero
- Carla Umbach
- Ede Zimmermann

Tuesday, 31.08.2010

14:15 – 15:45
Hans Kamp t.b.a.

16:00 – 17:00
Elsi Kaiser, Demonstrative Adjectives in Spoken Finnish: Specificity and the Speaker-Addressee Dynamic

17:00 – 18:00
Michelangelo Falco, Towards a D-type Theory of Specificity

18:15 – 19:45
Peter Bosch, Weak Definites and German Preposition-determiner Contractions

Wednesday, 01.09.2010

09:30 – 11:00
Manuel Leonetti, Specificity and Topicality: Some Thoughts on their Complex Interaction

11:30 – 13:00
Carla Umbach, Grading by gewiss – How Does Specificity Relate to Degree Modification?

14:30 – 15:30
Peter Hallmann, On the Interaction of Specificity and Modification

15:30 – 16:30
Ileana Comorovski, Licensing Indefinite Subjects in Constituent Questions

Thursday, 02.09.2010

09:30 – 11:00
Paul Dekker, Reference, Specificity and Functionality

11:30 – 13:00
Donka Farkas Dependent, Indefinites within a Typology of Specificity

14:30 – 15:30
Sophia A. Malamud, Specificity as Referential Anchoring in Russian: Shifting Speakers and Hamblin Sets

15:30 – 16:30
Umut Özge, On Singular Indefinites in Turkish

17:00 - 18:30
Klaus von Heusinger, Seven Species of Specificity and One Common Ancestor? Specificity as Referential Anchoring

Please note that this event is followed by the conference Dynamics in Semantics, Pragmatics and Logic – on the occasion of Hans Kamp’s 70th birthday. For more information see the following website:


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