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LINGUIST List 22.2991

Sat Jul 23 2011

Calls: Morphology, Cognitive Sci, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics/France

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

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        1.     Alda Mari , Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition

Message 1: Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
Date: 23-Jul-2011
From: Alda Mari <alda.mariens.fr>
Subject: Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
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Full Title: Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
Short Title: GENIUS III

Date: 05-Dec-2011 - 06-Dec-2011
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Alda Mari
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://geniusconference.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2011

Meeting Description:

Genericity: Interpretation and Uses III
Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition

We are pleased to announce the third Genius Conference, which will take place at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, on December 5-6, 2011.

The third edition of GENIUS: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses Conference will bring together theoreticians from morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and cognition around the theme of genericity. This third conference on generics aims to:

(i) Bring together works on different languages, reconsidering the ontological questions linked to genericity. Should one postulate species in addition to particular individuals? What differences are there between a species and a set of individuals? Between a species and a set of properties?

(ii) Examine the relations between genericity, mass nouns and plurality.

(iii) Re-evaluate the relevance of the distinction between ‘GEN’ and ‘HAB’, states and events, and the distinction between stage-level and individual-level properties.

(iv) Articulate questions of syntax and semantics from a pragmatic perspective. In many languages, no specific linguistic form is dedicated to expressing genericity. The conference will gather work identifying the conditions under which a sentence is construed generically, articulating research on the structure of information, discourse, and prosody, reconsidering the distinction between analytic and synthetic judgments, and examining under which conditions genericity might be independent of inductive inferences.

(v) Articulate the question of exceptions, in particular at the interface of semantics and pragmatics (addressing the relation between genericity and free choice, genericity and vagueness, and contextual interpretation more generally).

Invited Speakers:

Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Yael Greenberg (Bar Ilan University)
Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton University)
Alice ter Meulen (University of Geneva)
Sandeep Prasada (CUNY, NY)
Anne Zribi-Hertz (Paris VIII)
Roberto Zamparelli (University of Trento)


The registration is free. Registration page:


The conference is sponsored by the ANR Project GENIUS: Genericity Interpretation and Uses.

Call for Papers:

In this third and last edition of Genius, we would like to encourage discussions between linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists on the questions of modelisation, interpretation, and acquisition of generics. Hence experimental and philosophical papers on genericity are very welcome.

Abstract Submission:

Authors are welcome to submit at most one individual and one co-authored paper. 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 submitted via EasyChair at the following URL:


Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: July 31, 2011
Notification of acceptance/rejection: September 30, 2011
Program: October 15, 2011


We are pleased to announce that a selection of papers (in English) from the conference will be published in the Journal 'Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes'.

Scientific Committee:

Nicholas Asher (CNRS - IRIT, Université Paul Sabatier)
Claire Beyssade (CNRS – IJN)
Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Francis Corblin (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, CNRS)
Fabio Del Prete (Università du Milano)
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (Université Paris 7, CNRS)
Yael Greenberg (Bar Ilan University)
Christopher Piñon (Université de Lille 3)
Brenda Laca (Université Paris 8)
Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton University)
Alda Mari (CNRS – IJN)
Alice ter Meulen (University of Geneva)
David Nicolas (CNRS – IJN)
Christopher Piñon (Université de Lille 3)
Isidora Stojanovic (CNRS – IJN)
Anne Zribi-Hertz (Paris VIII)
Roberto Zamparelli (University of Trento)

Conference Organization:

Claire Beyssade (CNRS – IJN)
Alda Mari (CNRS – IJN)
Susan Schweitzer (Université Paris 6)

For prior Genius conferences:


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