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LINGUIST List 21.3500

Thu Sep 02 2010

Calls: Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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

Message 1: Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any'
Date: 01-Sep-2010
From: Eva Csipak <ecsipakgwdg.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: manfred.sailerphil.uni-goettingen.de
Web Site: http://www.negative-polarity-items.uni-
goettingen.de/wiki/index.php/BeyondAny

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

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
Manfred Krifka

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

Call For Papers

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.sailerphil.uni-goettingen.de and include your
name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the body of the email.
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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