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LINGUIST List 23.1707

Tue Apr 03 2012

Calls: Cognitive Sci, General Ling, Psycholing/Switzerland

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Date: 02-Apr-2012
From: Pierre Larrivee <Pierre.LarriveeUnicaen.fr>
Subject: Workshop: Negation and Polarity: Interfaces and Cognition
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Full Title: Workshop: Negation and Polarity: Interfaces and Cognition

Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact Person: Pierre Larrivee Chungmin Lee
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

As a feature of all human grammars, negation and related phenomena such as focus and polarity have been the object of considerable scrutiny in contemporary linguistics, and considerable insights have been achieved since the first edition of Larry Horn's 'A Natural History of Negation' in 1989. There is a good level of understanding of the morphology and syntax of negation, its historical development, and its pragmatics, in a wide variety of languages. However, a number of issues remain unresolved, especially with regards to the contribution of interfaces to the interpretation of negation. The positional factors that intervene in the semantic licensing of polarity items (English '*Anyone didn't come', compared to the felicitous Korean 'Amwu-to an-wassta') and the interference from pragmatic factors (noted early on by Linebarger), are still awaiting proper characterisation. Similar characterisation is needed for the interpretation of negation itself in its exclamative ('Not him again!'), interrogative ('Isn't it him already?') and expletive uses, and while multiple models exist of negative concord and double negation, their relation to prosody and information structure remains to be fully spelled out. Agreed definition and diagnostics of metalinguistic, polemic and descriptive values are still awaited. Debates are to be apportioned as to the precise triggers of how negative value is acquired by indefinites and minimizers, and the existence of cognitive constraints on historical pathways of change.

Call for Papers:

The workshop aims to bring together innovative and substantial presentations on the role of interface in the interpretation of negation and polarity, to illuminate the organisation of cognitive processes. Contributions setting the debates are offered by Jon Gasjewski (Connecticut), Michael Israel (Maryland), Eun-ju Noh (Inha), Roland Pfau (Amsterdam) and Phillip Wallage (Northumbria), with discussion to be led by Larry Horn (Yale). Relevant submissions are invited, spelling out the research problem, the notions, criteria and diagnostics, the method and data used, the key findings and their relevance in advancing the understanding of cognitive processes and interfaces.

The 500-word anonymous abstract is to be sent in .doc format to the workshop organisers (Pierre.LarriveeUnicaen.fr, CLeeSnu.ac.kr) by September 1, 2012, along with a file providing the title of the paper, the identity, affiliation and addresses of the author(s), and an indication of whether a poster presentation could be considered. The draft versions of papers will be requested before the workshop, for distribution among participants, and we intend to publish a selection of the papers.

Pierre Larrivée (Caen) and Chungmin Lee (Seoul)

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