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LINGUIST List 22.4379

Fri Nov 04 2011

Confs: Cognitive Sci, Morphologym Semantics, Syntax/France

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        1.     Alda Mari , Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition

Message 1: Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
Date: 02-Nov-2011
From: Alda Mari <alda.mariens.fr>
Subject: Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
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Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
Short Title: GENIUS III

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

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

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:

Nicholas Asher (IRIT / CNRS)
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.


Day 1, Monday 5 December, 2011

Invited Speaker: Alice ter Meulen, University of Geneva
Generics in Information Structure: Exceptions versus counterexamples

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, University of Crete
To distribute and to make an exception: Genericity and universal quantification in Greek

Coffee Break

James Hampton, City University London
Generics as reflecting conceptual knowledge

Invited Speaker: Sandeep Prasada, CUNY, NY
Mechanisms for characterizing kinds and classes


Invited Speaker: Anne Zribi-Hertz, Universite Paris-8/SFL, Paris-8/CNRS (based on joint work with Loïc Jean-Louis, Universite Paris-8)
LA- and LÉ in Matinikè: genericity markers in the DP?

Olga Borik, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & M.Teresa Espinal, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
On reference to kinds in Spanish and Russian

Coffee Break

Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, CNRS UMR 7023 - Paris 8
Lexical genericity: R-impersonal pronouns

Invited Speaker: Roberto Zamparelli, University of Trento
Building (sub)kinds


Day 2, Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Invited Speaker: Yael Greenberg, Bar Ilan University
Genericity and (non)accidentalness

Christian Retore, LaBRI, INRIA, Universite de Bordeaux 1
Specimens: ''most of'' generic NPs in a contextually flexible type theory

Coffee Break

Svetlana Vogeleer, Institut Libre Marie Haps & Université Libre de Bruxelles
Bare habituals with indefinite singular objects and the perfective viewpoint aspect

Invited Speaker: Nicholas Asher, CNRS - IRIT, Université
Paul Sabatier
More truths about generic truth


Invited Speaker: Sarah-Jane Leslie, Princeton University
Generics as Cognitive Defaults

Matt Teichman, University of Chicago
Is There a Generic Quantifier?

Coffee Break

Sascha Alexeyenko, Institute of Cognitive Science,University of Osnabrück
Nominal Generics: Past and Present

Invited Speaker: Ariel Cohen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Generics as modals


The registration if free. Registration page :


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