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LINGUIST List 23.4415

Mon Oct 22 2012

Confs: Syntax, Semantics, Psycholinguistics/France

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

Date: 22-Oct-2012
From: Nicolas Guilliot <nico.guilliotgmail.com>
Subject: Workshop on the Syntax, the Semantics & the Psycholinguistics [of Sharing]
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Workshop on the Syntax, the Semantics & the Psycholinguistics [of Sharing]
Short Title: WorkShare2012

Date: 02-Nov-2012 - 03-Nov-2012
Location: Nantes, France
Contact: Nicolas Guilliot
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.workshare2012.univ-nantes.fr

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from the combined perspective of syntax, semantics and psycholinguistics to discuss and confront theoretical and experimental issues raised by the syntax & the semantics [of sharing] - that is, of constructions involving shared material (see the unit within brackets above!). These typically include Right Node Raising, Across-The-Board, coordinated multiple wh- questions, as well as gapping, sluicing, VP/NP ellipsis, or movement on a multidominance analysis.

The purpose of this workshop is twofold: on the one hand, to evaluate competing theoretical analyses of sharing, at the syntax-semantics interface. In particular, we seek to confront multidominance analyses of sharing with their alternatives - namely, ellipsis or (sideward) movement; and, on the other hand, to bring experimental evidence to bear on these issues.

The core questions we seek to address in this workshop include but are not restricted to [the following]:

(i) What are the semantic and psycholinguistic issues that the syntax of multidominance raises (relative to its competitors)?
(ii) How does multidominance fare in handling the semantics of sharing, relative to its competitors? How does the semantic composition proceed on a multidominance analysis of sharing? In particular, is the shared material interpreted once or more?
(iii) What evidence from experimental linguistics can be brought to bear on these issues and, in particular, to evaluate, decide between multidominance and its competitors? What kind of (possibly new) experimental design (relating sharing structures with retrospective/prospective searc or parallelism effects) could answer these questions? If processing is top-down, how are multidominance structures computed?

Invited Speakers:

Asaf Bachrach & Roni Katzir, CNRS-UMR7023 & University of Tel Aviv
Kyle Johnson, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Uli Sauerland, ZAS
Masaya Yoshida, Northwestern University

Invited Commentators:

Rajesh Bhatt, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Roni Katzir & Asaf Bachrach, University of Tel Aviv & CNRS-UMR7023
Michal Starke, University of Tromsø
Vidal Valmala, University of the Basque Country Gastéiz

Organizing Committee:

Hamida Demirdache, Nicolas Guilliot & Dafina Ratiu (University of Nantes)
Leticia Pablos Robles (University of Leiden)

Workshop on the Syntax & the Semantics [of Sharing]
From the combined perspective of Theoretical & Experimental Linguistics
University of Nantes - November 2-3, 2012
Salle 211 Jorj Morin, Université permanente (Ateliers et Chantiers de Nantes)

Friday, November 2


Introductory remarks
Nicolas Guilliot, LLING

An Active Ellipsis Resolution and the Nature of Island Effects
Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University)
Discussants: Asaf Bachrach (CNRS-UMR7023)& Roni Katzir (University of Tel Aviv)

Coffee break and Posters

Deriving cumulative-sharing constructions in syntax
Niina Zhang (National Chung Cheng University of Taïwan)

Semantic and syntactic plurality in Right Node Raising
Lena Ibnbari (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)

Lunch break

Some Problems with Amalgams
Kyle Johnson (University of Massachusetts)
Discussant: Vidal Valmala (IKER - University of the Basque Country)

Coffee break and Posters

Psycholinguistic Evidence for non-syntactic dependencies in coordinated wh-questions
Bradley Larson, Dave Kush & Shevaun Lewis (University of Maryland)

The syntax of Collins conjunctions and the nature of linearization algorithms
Luis Vicente (University of Potsdam)


Saturday, November 3


Sharing and Binding
Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin - Harvard University)
Discussant: Rajesh Bhatt (University of Massachusetts)

Coffee break (and Posters)

Plural reference and the interpretation of three-dimensional syntactic structures
Friederike Moltmann (CNRS-IHPST)

Sharing in coordination at the syntax-semantics interface
Dafina Ratiu (LLING, University of Nantes)

Lunch break

Linearizing Multi-Dominance Structures
Asaf Bachrach (CNRS-UMR7023) & Roni Katzir (University of Tel Aviv)
Discussant: Michal Starke (University of Tromsø)

Coffee break (and Posters)

The limits of non-parallelism in ATB movement. Experimental evidence for syntactic dependencies
Jutta Hartmann, Andreas Konietzko (University of Tübingen) & Martin Salzmann (University of Leipzig)



Deriving morphological and reconstruction asymmetries in ATB movement by ellipsis (Alternate Talk)
Martin Salzmann (University of Leipzig)

Appositive clauses revisited
Hironobu Kasaï (University of Kitakyushu)

Parameterized resolution and linearization of multidominance structures
Takashi Toyoshima (Kyushu Institute of Technology)

Registration by e-mail at:


Registration fees:

-students not presenting 10 €

-others 35 €

Website of the Workshop:


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