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Confs: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis/France

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        1.    Anamaria Falaus, Workshop on Alternative-Based Semantics

Message 1: Workshop on Alternative-Based Semantics
Date: 10-Sep-2010
From: Anamaria Falaus <anamariafalausgmail.com>
Subject: Workshop on Alternative-Based Semantics
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Workshop on Alternative-Based Semantics

Date: 29-Oct-2010 - 30-Oct-2010
Location: Nantes, France
Contact: Anamaria Falaus
Contact Email: anamariafalausgmail.com
Meeting URL: http://www.alternative-semantics.univ-nantes.fr/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Ever since Hamblin's proposal for the interpretation of questions (1973), a
variety of linguistic phenomena have been argued to have a semantics that makes
reference to alternatives: not only interrogative constructions (Karttunen
1977), but also focus (Rooth 1985, 1992, Krifka 1993, Beck 2006), scalar
implicatures (e.g. Chierchia 2001, Fox 2006, Keshet 2006, Spector 2006, Katzir
2008), disjunction (Geurts 2003, Simons 2004, Alonso-Ovalle 2006, 2008),
topichood (Büring 1997), mood (Villalta 2000), comparatives (Morzycki 2009),
quantifiers and indefinites, in particular polarity-sensitive and free-choice
indefinites (e.g. Krifka 1995, Lahiri 1998, Giannakidou 2001, Kratzer &
Shimoyama 2002, Jayez & Tovena 2005, Farkas 2006, Chierchia 2006, Aloni 2007,
Alonso-Ovalle & Menéndez-Benito 2009).

The range of application of alternative-based semantics has been constantly
expanding. As a result, a wide array of alternative-based systems have been
proposed. These systems differ in the way they conceive the source of
alternatives, the status of alternatives, or the precise way in which they are
exploited in a given context. In Hamblin semantics accounts, certain expressions
(e.g. indefinites in Kratzer & Shimoyama 2002) denote sets of alternatives,
which then combine with other constituents of the sentence in a compositional
manner. In contrast to this one dimensional system', other alternative-based
theories of interpretation assume a multidimensional' semantics (Rooth 1985,
Krifka 1995, Chierchia 2006): alongside standard meanings, speakers recursively
build up alternative sets that are integrated into meaning via alternative

The present workshop seeks to provide a forum of discussion for experimental and
theoretical work addressing issues like the source and the role of (various
kinds of) alternatives in the grammar.

Workshop on Alternative-Based Semantics
University of Nantes, October 29-30, 2010
Campus Tertre, Bâtiment Censive, Salle de conférences

Friday, October 29


Anamaria Falaus, LLING

Phenomena Involving Alternatives: Experimental Comparison
Emmanuel Chemla, Institut Jean Nicod

Coffee break

Widening as Entropy
Jacques Jayez, ENS Lyon

Inquisitive and Alternative Semantics
Jeroen Groenendijk & Floris Roelofsen, ILLC, Amsterdam

Lunch break

Maribel Romero, University of Konstanz

Coffee break

Ignorance in Free Relatives Via a Wideness Constraint on Hamblin Alternatives
Kyle Rawlins, Johns Hopkins University

What we Gain, and What we Lose, with a Hamblin Semantics for Free Choice
Anastasia Giannakidou & Josep Quer, U. Chicago & U. Pompeu Fabra

Saturday, October 30


Scalar Implicatures and Dependent Plurality in Spanish
Paula Menéndez-Benito, University of Göttingen

Coffee break

Domain Alternatives Cause Intervention Effects in German Wh-questions
Clemens Mayr, ZAS

English FCI: Plurality, Universality, and Definiteness
Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers University

Lunch break

On the Role of Scalar Alternatives in the Polarity System
Gennaro Chierchia, Harvard University

Coffee break

Alternatives in Givenness Marking
Michael Wagner, McGill University

Elizabeth Coppock & David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


Alternate Talks:

Contrastive Topic: A Reductionist Approach
Uli Sauerland, ZAS

Prosody and Interpretation of Disjunctive Questions
Kathryn Pruitt & Floris Roelofsen, UMass & ILLC, Amsterdam
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