LINGUIST List 25.2843
Jul 07 2014
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From: Uli Sauerland
Subject: Proportions and
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Full Title: Proportions and Quantities
Short Title: AG 13
Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 04-Mar-2015
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Uli Sauerland
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics;
Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2014
The workshop is part of the 37th annual
conference of the German Linguistics Society
(DGfS) which will take place at the University
of Leipzig from March 4-6, 2015. The workshop
'Proportion and Quantities' takes place on
March 4 in the afternoon.
Chris Kennedy, University of Chicago
Benjamin Spector, Institut Jean Nicod / ENS
Uli Sauerland, ZAS, Berlin
Several current debates in syntax, semantics,
and pragmatics concern expressions of
proportion and quantity: bare numerals like
'three women' and just 'three', complex
numerals like 'one hundred and twentytwo',
modified numerals like 'at least three women'
and 'more than three', pseudo-partitives 'three
liters of water', and proportional quantifiers
like 'one third of the women'. Some of the
controversial questions are the following:
(i) How does the ontology of quantity and
proportion scales capture granularity? (e.g.
Fox & Hackl, Ling & Phil. 2006, Krifka,
CSLI Publ. 2009; Solt, Lang and Ling Comp.
(ii) What syntactic structures do numerals,
modified numerals, (pseudo-)partitives, and
quantity adjectives have? (e.g. Takahashi, Nat
Lang Sem. 2003; Ionin & Matushansky, J o
Sem. 2006; Gagnon, SALT 2013; Solt, J o Sem.
(iii) When and how do quantity/proportion
expressions get both an upper- and
lower-bounded interpretation (e.g. Geurts &
Nouwen, Lang. 2007, Cummins et al., Ling &
Phil. 2012; Kennedy, Camb UP. 2013; Spector,
Lang Ling Comp. 2013; Cohen & Krifka, Ling
& Phil. 2014).
(iv) How does cross-linguistic variation in
morphosyntax affect the interpretation of
quantity and proportion specifications, (e.g.
Chierchia, Nat. Lang. Sem. 1998; Herburger, MIT
Press 2000; Bale & Khanjian, Ling. Inq.
Call for Papers:
This workshop invites contributions on syntax,
semantics, and pragmatics of proportion and
quantity expressions, either on the four
questions mentioned or on other questions
relating to the theme of proportion and
We are particularly interested in research that
cuts across the syntax-semantics-pragmatics
boundaries. Evidence from language variation
and/or formal experiments have played some role
in these debates, but in both areas rapid
progress seems still possible. Therefore
contributions using evidence from language
variation and/or formal experiments are
especially encouraged to submit.
We invite submissions of one page abstracts for
20 minute talks (each followed by a 10 minute
question period). A second page may be used for
examples and references. Submission must be
uploaded as PDF files to the EasyChair abstract
submission system at the following address:
Selection decisions will be announced by
September 15, 2014.
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