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LINGUIST List 23.1990

Mon Apr 23 2012

Confs: Semantics, Syntax, Typology/UK

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Date: 22-Apr-2012
From: Anders Holmberg <anders.holmbergnewcastle.ac.uk>
Subject: Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions
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Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions

Date: 08-Jun-2012 - 09-Jun-2012
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact: Anders Holmberg
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/yesandno/YesNo_events.php

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

The answer to a polar question (yes/no question) is minimally ‘yes’ or
‘no’. There may not seem to be a lot to say about the syntax of such
expressions. However, when we consider a wider range of languages
and a wider range of questions, there is a good deal of interesting
variation in the form of the answers. The range and the limits of
variation have implications for the syntax and semantics of these
expressions as well as for the questions that license them, and for the
syntax of ellipsis, focus, and negation.

To date very few languages have had their answering system
investigated in any detail. What are the facts? That’s one question we
hope to shed some light on in this workshop. What is the syntax and
semantics of answers to polar questions in general? What does the
variation, within languages, in relation to different types of questions,
as well as across languages, tell us about this?

The workshop will be organized 8-9 June 2012 at Newcastle University,
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Invited Speakers:

Donka Farkas (Santa Cruz)
Ana Maria Martins (U. of Lisbon)

Please see the workshop website for a more detailed description.

Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions
8-9 June, 2012
Newcastle University
G5 Percy Building

Friday 8 June

Ana Maria Martins: Objecting to assertions: how does metalinguistic
negation fit in answering systems?

Hana Gruet-Skrabalova: Answers to yes-no questions in Czech

Coffee break

Gary Thoms: Yes and no, merge and move, ellipsis and parallelism

Federica Da Milano: Yes-no questions in the Mediterranean languages


Kyle Rawlins & Ruth Kramer: An ellipsis approach to answer particles in
positive and negative contexts

Sonia Cyrino & Mary Kato: Minimal answers, Semi-Clefts and IP-Ellipsis

Coffee break

Somphob Yaisomanang: Answers to polar questions in Thai

Anders Holmberg: Report from a project


Saturday 9 June

Donka Farkas: Polarity particles from a semantic perspective.

Craig Sailor: On Embedded Polar Replies

Coffee break

Nikolett Mus: The answer types to polar questions in Tundra Nenets

Kirill Shklovsky: Polar answers in Tseltal


Oladiipo Ajiboye: The syntax of answers to polar questions in Yoruba

Horst Simon & Ulrike Freywald: Answering a Y/N question by 'particle
+ pronoun' - a rare type of responsive

Coffee break

Roundtable discussion

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