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LINGUIST List 24.3608

Mon Sep 16 2013

Confs: Language Acquisition, Semantics, Syntax/Massachusetts, USA

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Sep-2013
From: Magda Oiry <moirylinguist.umass.edu>
Subject: Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification
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Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification

Date: 04-Oct-2013 - 05-Oct-2013
Location: Amherst, MA, USA
Contact: Jeremy Hartman; Magda Oiry; Tom Roeper
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce a Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification, to be held at UMass Amherst, October 4-5, 2013.

The past two decades have produced detailed and wide ranging investigations of quantification in child language, including important work on:

- ‘Quantifier-spreading’ phenomena
(Roeper and DeVilliers 1993, Philip 1995, Crain et al. 1996, Drozd 2001, Drozd and Van Loosbroek 2006, Geurts 2003, Smits 2009)

- Quantifier scope and quantifier raising
(Lidz and Musolino 2002, Musolino and Lidz 2005, Syrett and Lidz 2010)

- Distributivity and collectivity in universal quantification
(Brooks and Braine 1996, Brooks and Sekerina 2006)

- Scalar implicatures and quantificational issues at the semantic-pragmatics interface
(Noveck 2001, Papafragou and Musolino 2003, Huang and Snedeker 2009b)

- The connection between quantification and early numerical cognition
(Barner et al. 2009, Sullivan and Barner 2011, Brooks et al. 2011)

- Knowledge of the syntax and semantics of quantification in L2 learners
(DelliCarpini 2003, O’Grady 2006, Ionin et al. 2012)

This workshop aims to foster discussion and collaboration among researchers working on the acquisition of quantification, by bringing together work from a variety of languages, experimental paradigms, and theoretical perspectives.

Invited Speakers:

Martin Hackl (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Julien Musolino (Rutgers University)
William Philip (University of Utrecht)

Organizers: Jeremy Hartman, Magda Oiry, Tom Roeper

Schedule and abstracts: http://blogs.umass.edu/moiry/2013/09/04/schedule/
Registration: https://quantificationworkshop.eventbrite.com

Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification
October 4-5
UMass Amherst

Friday, October 4th


Tom Roeper: Introduction
Why there are no methods, only theories: Experimental style and the historical path from syntax to discourse in the acquisition of quantification

Kristen Syrett, Silvia Perez-Cortes, Anna Lingwall, Jennifer Austin and Liliana Sanchez, Hannah Baker, Christina Germak, Anthony Arias-Amaya Rutgers University-New Brunswick
How Spanish-English bilingual children approach entailment-based scalar implicatures

Einat Shetreet, Julia Reading, Gennaro Chierchia and Nadine Gaab, Harvard University, Children’s Hospital Boston and Northeastern University
Not every sentence is more complex than some

10:30 Lyn Tieu, Jacopo Romoli, Peng Zhou and Stephen Crain, University of Connecticut and Macquarie University
Children can compute ‘any’ free choice inference

Coffee break

Jill De Villiers, Peter De Villiers, Rosie Alig and Margaret Collins, Smith College
Number word interpretation is not impaired in high-functioning children and adolescents with autism

Lilla Pintér & Mátyás Gerőcs, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary
How do Hungarian preschoolers interpret number words?

Jing Yang, University of Connecticut
The “Exact” interpretation of number words

Suzi Lima, Harvard University
Acquisition of numerals in Yudja and counting


Invited speaker: Martin Hackl, MIT, Title TBA

Erik-Jan Smits, Angeliek Van Hout and Bart Hollebrandse, University of Groningen
Quantifying in context: How a discourse with two topics improves the interpretation of universal quantifier “alle” in Dutch

Marie-Elise Van der Ziel & Peter Coopmans, HAN University of Applied Sciences and Utrecht University and Utrecht University
Problems with quantifiers: Children’s interpretation of different types of universal quantification

Coffee break

Athulya Aravind & Jill De Villiers, MIT and Smith College
Quantification with every: Children’s error types over time

Patricia Brooks, Anna Schwartz & Irina Sekerina, City University of New York
Quantifier spreading in school aged children

Amanda Rizun & Jeremy Hartman, UMass Amherst
Quantifier spreading and domain restrictions on event quantification

Dinner at the faculty club

Saturday, October 5th


Bill Philip, Utrecht University
Comments on quantifier spreading

Katalin E. Kiss, Tamás Zétényi and Mátyás Gerőcs, Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Hungarian preschoolers’ interpretation of doubly quantified sentences

Natasa Knezevic, University of Nantes
Distributive marker and numerals

Coffee break

Ken Drozd, Julien Musolino and Heather van der Lely, University of Groningen, Rutgers University and Harvard University
Comprehension of distributive quantification by typically developing children and children with grammatical

Seth Cable, Rama Novogrodsky, Magda Oiry and Tom Roeper, UMass Amherst
Each and every

Irina Sekerina and Antje Sauermann, CUNY College of Staten Island, University of Potsdam
The “signature” of Q-spreading errors in children and bilingual heritage adults


Margreet Van Koert, Olaf Koeneman, Fred Weerman and Aafke Hulk, Radboud University of Nijmegen and University of Amsterdam
A reinterpretation of the quantificational asymmetry

Roumyana Slabakova & Lydia White, University of Southampton and Mc Gill University
Pronoun interpretation with referential and quantified antecedents in the second language

Kriszta Szendroi & Barbara Hoehle, UCL and University of Potsdam
Quantifier raising over an existential subject

Coffee break

Steven Piantadosi, Josh Tenenbaum and Noah Goodman, Rochester, BCS, MIT BCS and Stanford Psychology
Modeling the acquisition of quantifier semantics: A case study in function word learnability

Adam Liter, Chris Heffner and Cristina Schmitt, MSU and UMD
Inclusive plural interpretations depend on grammaticalized number: An argument from artificial language

Invited speaker: Julien Musolino, Rutgers University, title TBA

Dinner at ABC

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