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LINGUIST List 24.1424

Wed Mar 27 2013

Calls: Semantics, Philosophy of Language, General Linguistics/Spain

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-Mar-2013
From: Isidora Stojanovic <isidora.stojanovicupf.edu>
Subject: Logicality, Lexical Meaning and Semantic Invariance
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Full Title: Logicality, Lexical Meaning and Semantic Invariance

Date: 25-Jun-2013 - 25-Jun-2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Isidora Stojanovic
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://parles.upf.edu/llocs/istojanovic/workshop

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Call Deadline: 13-Apr-2013

Meeting Description:

The workshop aims at connecting two debates from two different disciplines: the debate over logical constants in philosophy of logic and the debate on the functional vs. lexical distinction in linguistics. It further aims at examining the notion of semantic invariance, both as used by logicians (namely, as a criterion for logicality) and by linguists and philosophers of language in discussions of semantics. One of the main goals of the workshop is to examine whether the distinction between logical vs. non-logical expressions maps onto the distinction between functional vs. lexical (or ‘substantive’) categories. More generally, one of the main goals is to reach some insight into the way in which grammar encodes logical properties and relations.

Call for Papers:

We invite papers for one hour sessions (40 minute talks) that belong to, or are closely related to, the intersection between linguistics, logic and philosophy of language. The papers should address the general issues specified in the workshop description. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Are functional categories (such as determiners and connectives) anyhow special from the point of view of logic?
- Do only ‘content’-words contribute to semantic content? In what way does the semantic contribution of function words differ from that of content words?
- What is the logical and/or semantic status of ‘actually’? of ‘here’ and ‘now’? of personal pronouns?
- What is the relationship between tense morphemes and temporal operators?
- Do degree-modifiers, such as ‘very’ or ‘almost’, qualify for the status of logical constants?
- How do prepositions fare with respect to the lexical/functional distinction? What is their logical status?

Submissions suitable for blind review may be made in any of the following formats:

- Full-length paper (.pdf)
- Long abstract (3-4 pages, .pdf)
- Talk supporting material (handout and/or slides, .pdf) accompanied with an abstract

Submissions should be emailed to isidora.stojanovicupf.edu. The workshop funding comes from the Marie Curie project ‘Lexical Meaning ad Logical Inference’ (PIEF-GA-2011-302596) and can cover up to two nights of accommodation.



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