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LINGUIST List 24.542

Wed Jan 30 2013

Confs: Syntax, Semantics/Germany

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

Date: 30-Jan-2013
From: Berit Gehrke <berit.gehrkeupf.edu>
Subject: DGfS Workshop: The Syntax and Semantics of Pseudo-Incorporation
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DGfS Workshop: The Syntax and Semantics of Pseudo-Incorporation

Date: 12-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Contact: Olga Borik, Berit Gehrke
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://parles.upf.edu/llocs/bgehrke/pseudoincorporation2013/

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

In recent years, a number of works have been dedicated to the phenomenon of pseudo-incorporation in various languages, such as Niuean, Hindi, Hungarian, Spanish, Catalan (Massam 2001, Farkas & de Swart 2003, Espinal & McNally 2011, Dayal 2011). Pseudo-incorporation involves the use of a bare noun in internal argument position, which shares some semantic properties with syntactically incorporated nouns (e.g. German radfahren ‘ride a bike’), such as obligatory narrow scope, inability to introduce discourse referents, or number neutrality. On the other hand, pseudo-incorporated nouns have more syntactic freedom than syntactically incorporated ones (cf. Mithun 1984, Baker 1988, van Geenhoven 1998, Chung & Ladusaw 2003): strict adjacency to the verb is not (always) required, the noun can be marked for case, the verb can show agreement with the noun, certain types of modification may be allowed.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together research on the semantics and syntax of pseudo-incorporation. Particular topics to be addressed include but are not limited to the following: Which lexical restrictions apply to nouns and verbs that participate in pseudo-incorporation? Do these restrictions hold cross-linguistically? Can we make more precise the intuition that pseudo-incorporation involves reference to some institutionalized activity? Can only nouns in internal argument position be the target of pseudo-incorporation (as is commonly assumed) or do we also find this phenomenon in other argument positions, for example with PP arguments (e.g. go beach; cf. Gehrke & Lekakou 2012)? Is number neutrality a defining feature of pseudo-incorporation or should it rather be explained on the basis of the aspectual properties of predicates involved (Dayal 2011)? Should pseudo-incorporated nouns be analyzed as predicate modifiers or as uninstantiated arguments? The nouns that take part in pseudo-incorporation share defining properties with weak definites (cf. Carlson et al. 2006), which have been analyzed as kind terms by Aguilar-Guevara & Zwarts (2011); are pseudo-incorporated nouns and weak definites just two ways to express the same semantic relation, or are there fundamental differences between the two?

Invited Speakers:

Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers)
Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht)

March 13

Olga Borik (UAB) & Berit Gehrke (UPF)

M.Teresa Espinal (UAB)
Pseudo-incorporation in Romance at the syntax-semantics interface

Bert Le Bruyn (UiL-OTS)
Why have-predicates can take bare nominals

Ana Aguilar Guevara (UiL-OTS)
Weak nouns, weak verbs, and stereotypicality

Coffee break

Florian Schwarz (UPenn)
Weak definites and kinds of events

Natalia Serdobolskaya (Russian State University for the Humanities)
Direct object marking in Mari: Unmarked DOs or pseudo-incorporation

Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers)
Standard complementation, pseudo-Incorporation, compounding

March 14

Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht)
Constructions with and without an article

Stavroula Alexandropoulou, Maartje Schulpen & Henriëtte de Swart (UiL-OTS & Utrecht)
Modification of bare nominals across languages and constructions

Lidia Bogatyreva (UAB)
Cognate Intensifiers in Russian

Coffee break

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (CNRS-LFF, Paris 7) & Marcelo Ferreira (Sao Paolo)
Amounts of objects and pluralities

Fereshteh Modarresi (ZAS, Berlin)
Quasi-incorporation and number marking in Persian

Michael Barrie (Sogang University) & Audrey Li (USC)
The Semantics of (Pseudo)Incorporation and Case

March 15

Olav Mueller-Reichau (Leipzig)
Pseudo-incorporation in Russian? Aspectual competition and bare singular interpretation

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin (CNRS-LFF, Paris 7)
Types of kind-referring BSs and pseudo-incorporation

Werner Frey (ZAS, Berlin)
Pseudo-Incorporation in German

General discussion

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