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LINGUIST List 23.3433

Wed Aug 15 2012

Confs: Computational Ling, Semantics, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling, Typology/Germany

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Aug-2012
From: Anneli von Koenemann <vonkoenemannlinguistics.rub.de>
Subject: The Meaning of P
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The Meaning of P

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

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

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.

Call for Participation

Deadline for registration: October 31, 2012
Conference fee: 50 euros, payable on arrival
Please register by email to: vonkoenemannlinguistics.rub.de.

Please note that we have a limited allocation of rooms on special offer - for more info on accommodation in Bochum, please turn to: vonkoenemannlinguistics.rub.de.

List of Speakers and Talks:

Invited Speakers:

Claudia Maienborn (Universität Tübingen, Germany)
Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø, Norway)
Joost Zwarts (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)

List of Accepted Speakers and Talks:

Tijana Asic (University of Kragujevac, Serbia) and Francis Corblin (Paris IV Sorbonne, France)
Spatial and Telic Readings of Prepositions: French vs. Serbian

Jefferson Barlew (OSU, USA)
The Banana Is {in/on/near} the Bowl: Semantic under-determination and conversational implicature in the meanings of Mushunguli locatives

Ryan Bochnak (University of Chicago, USA)
Innovating Locative Comparisons

Boris Haselbach (Stuttgart, Germany)
The Semantics of German nach: Discrete as a preposition vs. non-discrete as a particle

Lars Hellan and Dorothee Beermann (Trondheim, Norway)
Semantics of Spatial Prepositions in a Computational Typed Feature Structure system

Siva Kalyan (Princeton/Northumbria University)
A Systematic Way of Determining the Contextual Interpretation of a Preposition, with Consequences for the Mental Representation of Polysemy

Maria del Mar Bassa Vanrell (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
On the Nature of P (a, hacia, hasta) with Manner of Motion Verbs in Spanish

Linda Meini and Giovanna Marotta (University of Pisa, Italy)
Space in Italian Prepositions: Theoretical and empirical issues

Antje Müller (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Spatial Interpretations of German Prepositions

Jessica Rett (UCLA, USA)
Locative Ps and Scale Structure

Pablo Nunes Ribeiro (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil)
The Selection of Prepositions by Aspectual Verbs in Brazilian Portuguese: Further evidence for a localist analysis of inchoation

Claudia Roch (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Conditional Interpretation of the Preposition ohne in Modal Contexts

Juan Romeu (Madrid, Spain)
Cartography and Polysemy of spatial Ps. The case of in in English

Antje Rossdeutscher (Stuttgart, Germany)
Prepositional Elements in a DM/DRT-based Syntax-Semantics-Interface

Siaw-Fong Chung, Ming-Chien Lee, Yen-Yu Lin, and Ming-Che Hsieh (National Chengchi University Taipeh, Taiwan)
Cross-linguistic Literal and Metaphorical Comparisons of IN(SIDE): A Perspective from Mandarin, Malay, and English

Torgrimm Solstad (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Interpretational Variation and the Influence of Context

Shiao Wei Tham, Beth Levin, and John Beavers (Wellesley, Stanford, Texas Austin, USA)
Directional Interpretations with Locative adpositions

Alternate Speakers:

Anna Bączkowska (University Bydgoszcz, Poland)
The Meaning of P in Four Dimensions

Marlene Johansson Falck (Umea, Sweden)
TIME in SPACE: English in and on and Their Swedish Equivalents i and på

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