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LINGUIST List 24.4231

Fri Oct 25 2013

Confs: General Linguistics, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/Switzerland

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

Date: 24-Oct-2013
From: David Gerards <davidpaul.gerardsuzh.ch>
Subject: Mass and count in Romance and Germanic languages
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Mass and count in Romance and Germanic languages

Date: 16-Dec-2013 - 17-Dec-2013
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact: Natascha Pomino
Contact Email: npominorom.uzh.ch
Meeting URL: http://www.spur.uzh.ch/veranstaltungen.html#7

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

Meeting Description:

Workshop 'Mass and count in Romance and Germanic languages'
coordinated by the University of Zurich's Research Center (UFSP) 'Language and Space' - University of Zurich, 16th and 17th of December 2013)

This workshop is intended as a discussion forum for research on the semantics and morphosyntactic encoding of the mass-count distinction, mainly, but not exclusively, in Romance and Germanic languages and varieties (cf. e.g. the survey in Massam, Diane (ed.) (2012), Count and Mass Across Languages, Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Questions to be addressed concern all kinds of semantic and morphosyntactic phenomena (absence of determiners, partitive determiners, indefinite articles with mass nominals, gender and its interplay with a mass vs. count reading of nominals etc.), and if possible their areal distribution.

For more information please contact Dr. Natascha Pomino: npominorom.uzh.ch
and Gabrielle Hess (Housing, addresses, refunding etc.): ghessrom.uzh.ch

Monday, 16.12.2013

Opening remarks (E. Glaser, Universität Zürich)

Areal pathways of bare nouns in Romance. J. Kabatek (Universität Zürich)

Indefiniteness, mass and the neuter gender: evidence from
Central-Southern Italo-Romance. T. Paciaroni / M. Loporcaro (Universität Zürich)

Nominal morphology and semantics - where's gender in
Gallroromance? E. Stark (Universität Zürich)

Lunch break

Count Mass and Number in the Niuean nominal phrase.
D. Massam (University of Toronto, Ontario , Canada)

The role of base levels for mass/count conceptualisations in
Chintang. R. Schikowsky (Universität Zürich)

Coffee break

Scary nouns denoting food in modern Russian.
D. Weiss (Universität Zürich)

Automatically detecting mass nouns in English.
D. Schreier / G. Schneider (Universität Zürich)

from 19.30
Conference Dinner

Tuesday, 17.12.2013

Coffee break

Synchronic and diachronic aspects of the MASS/COUNT-distinction in
some Upper German dialects.E. Glaser / A. Kolmer (Universität Zürich)

M. Krifka (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and
Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin)

Final discussion
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