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LINGUIST List 22.2285

Tue May 31 2011

Calls: Semantics, Syntax, Pragmatics, Morphology, Phonology/Spain

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        1.     Elena Castroviejo , Workshop on Modification (with & without modifiers)

Message 1: Workshop on Modification (with & without modifiers)
Date: 31-May-2011
From: Elena Castroviejo <elena.castroviejocchs.csic.es>
Subject: Workshop on Modification (with & without modifiers)
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Full Title: Workshop on Modification (with & without modifiers)
Short Title: MDF2011

Date: 15-Dec-2011 - 16-Dec-2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Contact Person: Elena Castroviejo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.congresos.cchs.csic.es/mdf2011/

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 20-Jun-2011

Meeting Description:

Modification is a process we often resort to, but which we have little understanding of. It has been identified it with the particular mode of composition that amounts to intersection (as in Heim & Kratzer's (1998) predicate modification). But then, predicate modifiers have also been treated since Siegel (1976) as properties of properties. And in the literature, we also see it used in a rather intuitive manner in expressions such as 'adverbial modification' or 'adjective modifier', where the term here seems to be closer to the concept of predication instead of the set-theoretic notion of intersection. In fact, intersection and predicate modification happen to be opposite ways of analyzing constructions, as in the case of relational adjectives (McNally & Boleda 2004) or Larson's (1998) 'beautiful dancer'.

Much effort has been made lately to understand what modification is, especially when it comes to adjectives, adverbs and relative clauses (see e.g. Kennedy & McNally 2008 and the workshop 'Adjectives and Relative Clauses' held in Venice in 2010). The purpose of this workshop is to work along the same lines and perhaps extend this picture by looking at new cases of modification and considering psycholinguistic as well as theoretical approaches and methodologies.

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in attending. There is no registration fee, but we ask everyone attending the workshop (including speakers and poster presenters) to register online in the following url: http://www.congresos.cchs.csic.es/mdf2011/node/8

Invited Speakers:

Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Marcin Morzycki (Michigan State University)
Christopher Potts (Stanford University)

Organizing Committee: Elena Castroviejo, Violeta Demonte, Carmen Gallar, Dongsik Lim, Isabel Oltra Massuet, Isabel Pérez Jiménez and Juan Romeu.

Scientific Committee:

Boban Arsenijevic (UPF)
Olivier Bonami (Paris-Sorbonne)
Ignacio Bosque (UCM)
Josep M. Brucart (UAB)
Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (Paris VIII)
Elena Castroviejo (CCHS-CSIC)
Violeta Demonte (CCHS-CSIC)
Jenny Doetjes (LUCL)
Thomas Ernst (UMass)
Maria Victoria Escandell (UNED)
M. Teresa Espinal (UAB)
Berit Gehrke (UPF)
Chris Kennedy (UChicago)
Louise McNally (UPF)
Marcin Morzycki (MSU)
Rick Nouwen (UiL-OTS)
Christopher Potts (Stanford)
Maribel Romero (Konstanz)
Carla Umbach (Osnabrück)
Xavier Villalba (UAB)


Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC)
c/Albasanz 26-28
28037 Madrid (Spain)

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite submissions in semantics and its interfaces (syntax, pragmatics, morphology, phonology) that focus on questions of a conceptual nature, but also (and especially) those that are concerned with under-described and/or cross-linguistic phenomena dealing with adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, or intonation, to mention a few.

Papers may address - but are not limited to - the following questions:

- Is adjunction the (unique) syntactic correlate of modification? Is a non-saturating or non-type changing function a modifier in semantic terms? What is the relation(s) between these syntactic and semantic phenomena?
- By what criterion do we decide whether we adopt the analysis of a phenomenon based on modification or quantification?
- Which syntactic categories can be modifiers and which can be modified?
- Can modifiers ever be selected?
- What are the semantic and pragmatic properties of non-restrictive modification?
- Is the semantic notion of (restrictive) modifier a coherent or unified one? How simple (or complex) is the typology of modifiers?
- How does the notion of degree modification fit in this picture?
- Are there null modifiers?
- Can intonation have the semantics of a modifier?

12 to 14 talks and 8 to 10 posters will be selected among the submissions. Talks will be given 30 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion. One person can submit at most one single-authored abstract and an additional co-authored one.

Abstract guidelines: anonymous, at most 2 pages including references and examples, at least 12 pt Times New Roman font and .pdf format.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically via Easychair (https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=mdf2011). Please add 5 keywords and whether your submission is for an oral presentation, poster or both.

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: June 20 2011
Notification of acceptance: August 1 2011
Workshop dates: December 15 and 16 2011


Elena Castroviejo
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC)
Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología
Grupo de Lengua y Ciencia Cognitiva
Despacho 1D15
c/Albasanz 26-28
28037 Madrid (Spain)
Phone: (+34) 916022310

Workshop email: cchs_mdf2011cchs.csic.es
Workshop url: http://www.congresos.cchs.csic.es/mdf2011/

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