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LINGUIST List 24.3934

Mon Oct 07 2013

Confs: General Linguistics, Morphology, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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

Date: 05-Oct-2013
From: Patrick Grosz <patrick.groszuni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Workshop: The Impact of Pronominal Form on Interpretation
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Workshop: The Impact of Pronominal Form on Interpretation

Date: 15-Nov-2013 - 17-Nov-2013
Location: Tuebingen, Germany
Contact: Patrick Grosz
Contact Email: patrick.groszuni-tuebingen.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Pronouns can vary along two dimensions: (i) their interpretation (e.g., free vs. syntactically bound vs. donkey pronouns) and (ii) their form (e.g., personal vs. clitic vs. null vs. demonstrative pronouns). The goal of this workshop, hosted by the University of Tuebingen, is to bring together recent advances bearing exactly on the interplay of the two, e.g. how do choices along one dimension restrict the possible choices along the other one?

Invited Speakers:

- Peter Bosch (University of Osnabrück)
- Paul Elbourne (QMUL)
- Irene Heim (MIT)
- Martina Wiltschko (UBC)

Commentators for Invited Talks:

- Vera Hohaus (University of Tübingen)
- Gerhard Jaeger (University of Tübingen)
- Jacolien van Rij (University of Tübingen)
- Ede Zimmermann (University of Frankfurt)

Current Pronominal Issues at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

In the syntactic and semantic literature, it is often assumed that a unified treatment can be given for certain subsets of words that fall into the traditional category 'pronoun' (e.g. the subset of personal pronouns). The intended aim of the panel session is to discuss whether such a unified treatment for subsets of pronouns is possible and desirable (e.g. is there a uniform subset of personal pronouns?). The core questions that this discussion touches on include: Is a unification possible for 1st, 2nd and 3rd person pronouns, or alternatively for personal and demonstrative pronouns? Do referential, bound, donkey, paycheck and other 3rd person pronouns have the same syntax or semantics? Are differences between null, clitic, weak and strong pronouns due to fundamental differences between the pronouns or derived by other means (such as a pragmatic preference for weaker forms)? Do distributional similarities between demonstrative pronouns and wh-pronouns (both of which double as relative pronouns) suggest a possible unification? Can we derive generic uses, indexical uses, and bound uses of 1st and 2nd person pronouns in a uniform manner? In view of the different backgrounds of the participants in the panel, the discussion will combine syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and psycholinguistic considerations.

Discussion Panel:

- Hans Kamp (University of Stuttgart)
- Janina Rado (University of Tuebingen)
- Uli Sauerland (Harvard/ZAS Berlin)
- Igor Yanovich (MIT/University of Tübingen)
- Sarah Zobel (University of Tübingen)
- Moderated by Nadine Bade (University of Tübingen)

The Impact of Pronominal Form on Interpretation

Friday, 15 November 2013

Opening Remarks

Invited Speaker: Paul Elbourne (Queen Mary University of London)
''Pronominalization as NP-Deletion''
Commentary: Gerhard Jäger (Universität Tübingen)

Coffee break

Alexandra Simonenko (McGill University)
''A structural account of the loss of direct referentiality''

Ewa Trutkowski & Helmut Weiß (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)
''When personal pronouns compete with relative pronouns''

Ivy Sichel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
''(Resumptive) pronouns and competition''

Coffee break

Invited Speaker: Martina Wiltschko (University of British Columbia)
''Fake form''
Commentary: Vera Hohaus (Universität Tübingen)

Conference dinner

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Invited Speaker: Peter Bosch (University of Osnabrück)
Title to be announced
Commentary: Jacolien van Rij (Universität Tübingen)

Coffee break

Hendrikje Ziemann and Esther Ruigendijk (University of Oldenburg)
''The processing of reflexives and personal pronouns in Dutch by German adult second language learners''

Kyeong-min Kim & Chung-hye Han (Simon Fraser University)
''Inter-speaker variation in Korean pronouns''


Maria Nella Carminati (University of Bielefeld)
''Bound variable readings in Italian: Pro, the overt pronoun and PRO. A psycholinguistic study''

Francesca Filiaci (University of Edinburgh)
''Restrictions on the interpretation of null and overt subjects: A cross-linguistic comparison between Italian and Spanish''

Coffee break

Panel Discussion:
''Current Pronominal Issues at the Syntax-Semantics Interface''
Hans Kamp (University of Stuttgart)
Janina Rado (University of Tübingen)
Uli Sauerland (Harvard/ZAS Berlin)
Igor Yanovich (MIT/University of Tübingen)
Sarah Zobel (University of Tübingen)
Moderated by Nadine Bade (University of Tübingen)

Coffee break

Sandhya Sundaresan (University of Leipzig)
''A new type of Anaphor Agreement Effect: insights into the form-meaning connection''

Inna Livitz (NYU)
''Referential dependence across phase boundaries''

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Elena Koulidobrova (Central Connecticut State University) and Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)
''A 'point' of inquiry: The case of the (non-)pronominal IX in ASL''

Thiago Galery (Idio Research, UCL)
''Descriptive pronouns: a relevance-theoretic dynamic-syntax based approach''

Coffee break

Michelangelo Falco & Roberto Zamparelli (University of Trento)
''The only real pro-nouns''

Tokiko Okuma (McGill University)
''Empirical evidence for the bound reading of Japanese overt pronouns''

Coffee break

Invited Speaker: Irene Heim (MIT)
Title to be announced
Commentary: Ede Zimmermann (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

Closing remarks

For organizational purposes, if you would like to attend this conference, please register at:

Regular updates will be posted on the conference website: http://pronounstuebingen.wordpress.com/
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