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LINGUIST List 21.456

Thu Jan 28 2010

Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax/France

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        1.    Alda Mari, Dispositions, Abilities and States

Message 1: Dispositions, Abilities and States
Date: 27-Jan-2010
From: Alda Mari <alda.mariens.fr>
Subject: Dispositions, Abilities and States
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Full Title: Dispositions, Abilities and States
Short Title: GENIUS II

Date: 24-Jun-2010 - 25-Jun-2010
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Alda Mari
Meeting Email: AbilityConferencegmail.com
Web Site: http://www.genericity.ens.fr/index2.html

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2010

Meeting Description:

Genericity: Interpretation and Uses II
Dispositions, Abilities and States
29, rue d'Ulm, Paris
Amphitéâtre Jules Ferry
June 24th-25th, 2010

Invited Speakers
Claire Beyssade (IJN, CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Greg Carlson (University of Rochester)
Valentine Hacquard (University of Maryland)
Graham Katz (Georgetown University)
Brenda Laca (University of Paris VIII)
Giorgio Magri (IJN, CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Louise McNally (University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Call for Papers

The workshop aims to gather linguists (from the areas of morphology, syntax
and semantics) and philosophers around the notions of abilities and dispositions
as central aspects of genericity, across languages and grammatical categories.
Priority will be given to contributions clearly articulating empirical and
formal issues.

(A) It will consider the distinction between different types of states,
readdressing the distinction between individual level and stage level
predicates in light of recent criticism that has been leveled against it. A
closely related issue that will be discussed is whether one should posit a
Davidsonian argument for (verb) predicates across the board (no matter what the
actional type of the predicate) or rather for eventive predicates only.

(B) The issue of different types of abilities will be discussed. In particular,
the workshop will consider (among others):
- the question whether one should distinguish between general abilities and
action-dependent, short-lived abilities and occasions; and how this distinction
is grounded in the lexicon and in the syntax,
- the questions whether abilities and dispositions are one and the same notion
or whether only one of these requires instantiations,
- the relation between habituality, occasions and dispositions (as revealed by
adverbial expressions, when clauses, the aspectual system, ... ).

(C) The workshop will explore the relationship between abilities and aspect:
how aspectual distinctions relate to ontological distinctions between types of
abilities, and to the issue whether actual instantiations are required.

(D) The workshop will discuss the relation between abilities and modal
expressions. It will address the question of the relation between the
abilitative interpretation of modality and the deontic and epistemic
interpretations. It will compare syntactic, lexical and pragmatic views on the

(E) Finally, the workshop will explore how abilities and dispositions surface
in predicative positions, especially in languages which have bare nouns in
this position or allow bare PPs (in contrast with indefinites in the same

The non exhaustive list of topics is :
- types of states in the lexicon and grammar
- Davidsonian arguments
- types of abilities
- relation between abilities and occasions
- abilities and modality: be able to ...
- circumstantial modality and epistemic modality
- abilities and aspect (imperfect, present perfect)

Selection Committee
Nicholas Asher (CNRS/Austin Texas)
Claire Beyssade (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Greg Carlson (University of Rochester)
Francis Corblin (Paris IV Sorbonne)
Fabio Del Prete (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (LLF Paris VII)
Valentine Hacquard (University of Maryland)
Brenda Laca (Université Paris VIII)
Giorgio Magri (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Alda Mari (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)
Louise McNally (University of Pompeu Fabra)
David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
Christopher Piñón (Université Lille III)
Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)

Organization Committee
Alda Mari (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)
Fabio Del Prete (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS ENS EHESS)

Abstract Submission
Anonymous abstracts in pdf format not exceeding 2 pages with standard 1 inch
margins on all sides, including examples, figures and references, are to be sent
to AbilityConferencegmail.com One single authored and a co-authored abstract
can be submitted. Please include in the body of the mail the following information:
Title of the abstract
E-mail Address

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: April 1st
Notification: May 1st

Website: http://www.genericity.ens.fr/index2.html
Sponsor : ANR Project 'Genius: Genericity Interpretation and Uses' (Dir. Alda Mari)
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