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LINGUIST List 21.372

Fri Jan 22 2010

Confs: Semantics, Ling Theories/Spain

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        1.    Berit Gehrke, Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates

Message 1: Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates
Date: 20-Jan-2010
From: Berit Gehrke <berit.gehrkeupf.edu>
Subject: Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates
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Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates

Date: 17-Mar-2010 - 17-Mar-2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact: Berit Gehrke
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://parles.upf.es/glif/pub/events2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Semantics

Meeting Description:

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, respectively).

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 parameterized.

Anita Mittwoch (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), TBA


Kyle Rawlins (Johns Hopkins University), On Adverbs of Space and Time

Jens Fleischhauer (University of Düsseldorf), Interaction of Telicity and Degree Gradation of Change of State Verbs in German


M. Ryan Bochnak (Chicago University), Two sources of Scalarity within the Verb Phrase

Malka Rappaport Hovav (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Beth Levin (Stanford University), Building Scalar Changes


Karen Ferret (Paris 3), Elena Soare (Paris 8), Florence Villoing (Paris 8), The event Structure of French –age and –ée Nominalizations: Argument Structure and Grammatical Aspect in Interplay

16:10-16:50 Evie Malaia (Purdue University), Marina Milkovic (University of Zagreb) & Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University), Cross-linguistic Experimental Investigation of Telicity Expression in Sign Languages


Jean-Pierre Koenig (State University of New York / University of Buffalo), TBA


Evie Malaia, Christine Weber-Fox & Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University), Telic Verbs Prime their Patients: Electrophysiological Evidence

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