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LINGUIST List 23.1385

Mon Mar 19 2012

Calls: Modified: Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling, Typology/Germany

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Date: 19-Mar-2012
From: Jan Strunk <strunklinguistics.rub.de>
Subject: The Meaning of P
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Full Title: The Meaning of P

Date: 23-Nov-2012 - 25-Nov-2012
Location: Bochum, Germany
Contact Person: Tibor Kiss
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.linguistics.rub.de/TheMeaningofP2012/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-May-2012

Meeting Description:

Please note the corrected date: November 23-25, 2012

The Meaning of P (with a special session on spatial polysemy)
A conference about the meaning of prepositions organized by the Department of Linguistics (Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut) of Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, November 23-25, 2012
Conference website: http://www.linguistics.rub.de/TheMeaningofP2012/

There is general agreement among linguists that prepositions are highly ambiguous. There is much less agreement about the origin of the ambiguity (homonymy, polysemy); but even more surprisingly, only few attempts have been undertaken to characterize the spectrum of possible meanings of large sets of prepositions in individual languages, let alone cross-linguistically. Recent research has shown that analyses of preposition senses not only have to account for their ambiguity, but also for the near-synonymy of prepositions.

Meanings of prepositions have mostly been investigated by lexicographers, but quite often without the provision of clear criteria for determining individual meanings. Consequently, recent research may show that senses attributed to particular prepositions can actually be derived compositionally from the syntactic context of the preposition, which raises the question concerning the proper sense of the preposition in such contexts.

Special Session on Spatial Polysemy:

Recent research on preposition meanings has produced a large corpus of work on spatial polysemy. We therefore devote part of the conference to a special workshop on spatial polysemy, which will not only deal with spatial interpretations of prepositions, but with the general role of spatiality in interpretations.

Invited Speakers:

Claudia Maienborn (Universität Tübingen, D)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University, USA)
Joost Zwarts (Universiteit Utrecht, NL)

Call for Papers:

Our conference aims at a comprehensive picture of preposition meanings. Thus, we invite work addressing all questions touching on the interpretation of prepositions, including the following issues:

- Typological, theoretical, and computational approaches to a comprehensive analysis of preposition meanings
- Annotation schemata for preposition senses
- In-depth compositional analyses of prepositions in all kinds of syntactic and semantic frameworks
- Attempts to define basic semantic or ontological relations onto which preposition meanings can be mapped

Paper Submission:

Please submit an electronic abstract (PDF, 5 pages including figures and references) to Anneli von Könemann (vonkoenemannlinguistics.rub.de), indicating whether the paper is submitted to the main conference or to the special session on spatial polysemy.

Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2012
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2012

Please direct your inquiries to Antje Müller (muellerlinguistics.rub.de), Tibor Kiss (tiborlinguistics.rub.de), or Anneli von Könemann (vonkoenemannlinguistics.rub.de).

On behalf of the conference organizers,

Jan Strunk
Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

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