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Tue Nov 29 2011

Confs: Syntax, Semantics/Spain

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        1.     Elena Castroviejo , Workshop on Modification (With & Without Modifiers)

Message 1: Workshop on Modification (With & Without Modifiers)
Date: 29-Nov-2011
From: Elena Castroviejo <elena.castroviejocchs.csic.es>
Subject: Workshop on Modification (With & Without Modifiers)
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Workshop on Modification (With & Without Modifiers)
Short Title: MDF2011

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

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

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:


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)
Olga Borik (UAB)
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, Amherst and Dartmouth College)
Maria Victoria Escandell (UNED)
M. Teresa Espinal (UAB)
Berit Gehrke (UPF)
Chris Kennedy (UChicago)
Dongsik Lim (CCHS-CSIC)
Louise McNally (UPF)
Marcin Morzycki (MSU)
Rick Nouwen (UiL-OTS)
Isabel Pérez-Jiménez (CCHS-CSIC)
Christopher Potts (Stanford)
Maribel Romero (Konstanz)
Peter Sells (York)
Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht)
Carla Umbach (Osnabrück)
Xavier Villalba (UAB)


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

Thursday, 15 December 2011


Welcoming remarks

Invited speaker
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Distributional modifiers

Berit Gehrke (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Event-related modification with adjectival passives

Coffee break

Thomas Ernst (University of Massachusetts, Amherst & Dartmouth College)
Modification of state predicates

M. Teresa Espinal (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) & Ía Navarro (Universidad de Sonora)
Fake arguments: Nouns and clitics as event modifiers

Mike Oliver (Johns Hopkins University)
Interpretation as optimization: Constitutive material adjectives


Andreea Cristina Nicolae & Greg Scontras (Harvard University)
Saturating syntax: Linkers and modification in Tagalog

Coffee break

Fabienne Martin (Universität Stuttgart)
Decomposing (non)restrictivity. Evaluative modifiers in post-head positions

Carla Umbach (Universität Osnabrück)
Modification by similarity - The meaning of the German demonstrative 'so'

Friday, 16 December 2011

Invited speaker
Christopher Potts (Stanford University)
Veridicality and (parenthetical) attitude predications

Lidia Bogatyreva (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Weak case modifiers: Russian instrumental nominals as a counterpart of bare nominals in Romance

Coffee break

Ai Matsui (Michigan State University)
Transforming manner adverbs into subject-oriented adverbs: An evidence from Japanese

Jens Fleischhauer (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
Modification vs. quantification: Evidence for the distinction based on verb gradation


Andrea Beltrama & M. Ryan Bochnak (University of Chicago)
Intensification without degrees cross-linguistically

Sveta Krasikova (Universität Konstanz) & Lucas Champolion (Universität Tübingen)
Two 'many' modifiers

Coffee break

Invited speaker
Marcin Morzycki (Michigan State University)
Degrees and state kinds


Boban Arsenijevic (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Aspectual concord and aspectual relativization: verb prefixation in Serbo-Croatian

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