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Message 1: Scalarity in Verb-Based Constructions
Date: 01-Oct-2010
From: Jens Fleischhauer <fleischhauerphil.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Scalarity in Verb-Based Constructions
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Full Title: Scalarity in Verb-Based Constructions

Date: 07-Apr-2011 - 08-Apr-2011
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Jens Fleischhauer
Meeting Email: fleischhauerphil.uni-duesseldorf.de
Web Site: http://www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/fff/workshops/scalarity/

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 03-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

The workshop 'Scalarity in Verb-Based Constructions' will take place April,
7./8. 2011 at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany. The workshop is
intended as a forum for discussing empirical evidence and theoretical
approaches with respect to the role of scalarity in the verbal domain.

Invited Speakers
Hana Filip (University of Düsseldorf)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Malka Rappaport Hovav (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. (University of Düsseldorf)

Call For Papers

Traditionally, the notions of scale and scalarity have been used as a key to
the understanding of phenomena related to gradable adjectives. In recent
years various approaches have been put forward which emphasize the role
of scalarity in verb meaning and verb-based constructions: Rappaport
Hovav (2008) and Rappaport Hovav & Levin (2010) analyze change of
state verbs, incremental theme verbs, and verbs of directed motion as
expressing scalar predications, which are related to different types of
scales; Hay et al. (1999), Kennedy & McNally (1999, 2005), Filip (2007),
and Kennedy & Levin (2008), among others, assume a relation between
scale structure and telicity; Beavers (2008) extends the scalar approach to
the analysis of durativity and punctuality of events. Moreover, scalarity is
assumed to constrain different types of verb-based constructions. In
particular, there are different accounts of the resultative construction that
are directly based on the notion of scalarity (e.g. Vanden Wyngaerd 2001,
Wechsler 2005).

This workshop is intended as a forum for discussing empirical evidence for
the scalar viewpoint and its impact on formal semantic analysis. It addresses
the following questions:

- What is the significance of scalarity for the analysis of verbs?
- Which verbal phenomena can be analyzed in terms of scalarity?
- How is scalarity represented in verb semantics?

Some of the more specific questions related to these general questions are
the following:

- Are there precise criteria to distinguish scalar and non-scalar verbs and
verb-based constructions?
- How can scalarity be integrated in decompositional approaches to verb
meaning?
- What is the precise relation between gradability and scalarity? Are there
instances of scalarity without gradability?
- Which elements of the analysis of gradable adjectives can be transferred
to the analysis of verbs?
- How do degree and measure phrases interact with verbal semantics? How
can the analysis of degree and measure phrases be transferred from the
adjectival to the verbal domain?
- Is the scalar approach to the above-mentioned phenomena superior to
approaches which do not make use of scalarity?

We invite the submission of abstracts on all kinds of empirical and
theoretical approaches that address the role of scalarity in the domain of
verbs.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts are not to exceed two A4 pages in length, including examples and
references, with at least 2 cm margins on all sides and 12pt font size. The
abstract should not identify the author(s).

Details of the submission procedure will be provided soon on the workshop
homepage:
http://www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/fff/workshops/scalarity/


Important Dates
---------------
Abstract submission deadline: 03.12.2010
Notification of acceptance: 22.01.2011
Revised abstracts due: 07.03.2011
Workshop date: 07/08.04.2011


Invited Speakers
----------------
Hana Filip (University of Düsseldorf)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Malka Rappaport Hovav (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. (University of Düsseldorf)


Reviewer Board
--------------
John Beavers (University of Texas at Austin)
Johannes Dölling (University of Leipzig)
Stefan Engelberg (IDS Mannheim)
Hana Filip (University of Düsseldorf)
Jens Fleischhauer (University of Düsseldorf)
Thomas Gamerschlag (University of Düsseldorf)
Wilhelm Geuder (University of Düsseldorf)
Ingrid Kaufmann (University of Tokyo)
Chris Kennedy (University of Chicago)
Anja Latrouite (University of Düsseldorf)
Sebastian Löbner (University of Düsseldorf)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Ralf Naumann (University of Düsseldorf)
Rainer Osswald (University of Düsseldorf)
Chris Pinón (Université de Lille)
Malka Rappaport Hovav (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. (University of Düsseldorf)


Organization
------------
Jens Fleischhauer, Thomas Gamerschlag, Rainer Osswald


Contact Information
-------------------
Jens Fleischhauer
Institute for Language and Information
Department of General Linguistics
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Email: fleischhauerphil.uni-duesseldorf.de
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