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LINGUIST List 23.2184

Sun May 06 2012

Confs: Semantics, Syntax, Typology, General Ling/Germany

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Date: 04-May-2012
From: Jens Fleischhauer <fleischhauerphil.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Colloquium: Exploring The Syntax-Semantics Interface
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Colloquium: Exploring The Syntax-Semantics Interface

Date: 17-May-2012 - 18-May-2012
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Contact: Koen Van Hoeste
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.sfb991.uni-duesseldorf.de/exploring-the-syntax-semantics-interface/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

Language is a system of communication in which grammatical form serves to
express meaning in context. While all languages meet the same basic
communicative needs, they each make use of different means. Syntax,
semantics and pragmatics interact in different ways across languages. This
colloquium brings together a number of renowned researchers who explore the
interaction between form, meaning, and communicative function in human
languages from different perspectives. The presentation topics range from the
definition of syntactic categories over the cognitive foundations of lexical
semantics to the impact of cultural constraints on linguistic form.

The colloquium takes place in honor of the 60th birthday of Robert D. Van Valin,
Jr. Van Valin is widely known as the principal developer of Role and Reference
Grammar (RRG), a linguistic framework that combines insights from cross-
linguistic syntactic analysis, lexical semantics, and formal pragmatics in a way
that makes it equally attractive for theoretical linguists, field linguists and
psycholinguists. Van Valin has developed, applied and refined his model of
language for more than 30 years. Last but not least, he has taught RRG
extensively all over the world.

Speakers:

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
Dan Everett
Simeon Floyd
Jean-Pierre Koenig
Ricardo Mairal
Ranko Matasovic
John Petersen
Gisa Rauh
Matthias Schlesewsky

=========== VENUE ============

Heinrich-Heine-Saal
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
40225 Düsseldorf

http://maps.google.de/maps?q=heinrich+heine+saal+uni+duesseldorf

See the colloquium homepage for more information:
http://www.sfb991.uni-duesseldorf.de/exploring-the-syntax-semantics-interface/


======== REGISTRATION ========

Participation is free of charge but we ask you to register for the colloquium as the
number of participants is limited. We kindly request you to send your registration
to vanhoostephil.hhu.de.


Thursday, 17. May 2012

15:30 - 16:15h
Introduction

16:15 - 17:15h
Gisa Rauh (Wuppertal)
Linguistic Categories and the Syntax-Semantics Interface

17:15 - 17:30h
Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:30h
Dan Everett (Boston)
Language: The Cultural Tool

18:30h
Getting Together

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Friday, 18. May 2012

10:00 - 11:00h
Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (Marburg)/Matthias Schlesewsky (Mainz)

11:00 - 11:15h
Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15h
Simeon Floyd (Nijmegen)
Switch Reference with and without Person: Comparing Quechua and Cha'palaa

12:15 - 13:30h
Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30h
John Petersen (Kiel)
Argument Realization in Kharia - Syntax vs. Semantics

14:30 - 14:45h
Coffee Break

14:45 - 15:45h
Ranko Matasovic (Zagreb)
Kabardian Involuntative and the Lexical Representation of Verbs

15:45 - 16:15h
Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:15h
Ricardo Mairal (Mardrid)
Conceptual Logical Structures within the Syntax-Semantics Linking Algorithm

17:15 - 17:30h
Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:30h
Jean-Pierre Koenig (Buffalo)
Why Does Verb Meaning Matter for Linking?

18:30h
Dinner in the Historical Center of Düsseldorf



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