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Fri Nov 04 2011

Confs: Cognitive Sci, Morphologym Semantics, Syntax/France

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        1.     Alda Mari , Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition

Message 1: Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
Date: 02-Nov-2011
From: Alda Mari <>
Subject: Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition
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Genericity: From Morphology to Cognition Short Title: GENIUS III

Date: 05-Dec-2011 - 06-Dec-2011 Location: Paris, France Contact: Alda Mari Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Genericity: Interpretation and Uses IIIGenericity: From Morphology to Cognition

We are pleased to announce the third Genius Conference, which will take place at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, on December 5-6, 2011.

The third edition of GENIUS: Genericity: Interpretation and Uses Conference will bring together theoreticians from morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and cognition around the theme of genericity. This third conference on generics aims to:

(i) Bring together works on different languages, reconsidering the ontological questions linked to genericity. Should one postulate species in addition to particular individuals? What differences are there between a species and a set of individuals? Between a species and a set of properties?

(ii) Examine the relations between genericity, mass nouns and plurality.

(iii) Re-evaluate the relevance of the distinction between ‘GEN’ and ‘HAB’, states and events, and the distinction between stage-level and individual-level properties.

(iv) Articulate questions of syntax and semantics from a pragmatic perspective. In many languages, no specific linguistic form is dedicated to expressing genericity. The conference will gather work identifying the conditions under which a sentence is construed generically, articulating research on the structure of information, discourse, and prosody, reconsidering the distinction between analytic and synthetic judgments, and examining under which conditions genericity might be independent of inductive inferences.

(v) Articulate the question of exceptions, in particular at the interface of semantics and pragmatics (addressing the relation between genericity and free choice, genericity and vagueness, and contextual interpretation more generally).

Invited Speakers:

Nicholas Asher (IRIT / CNRS)Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)Yael Greenberg (Bar Ilan University)Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton University)Alice ter Meulen (University of Geneva)Sandeep Prasada (CUNY, NY)Anne Zribi-Hertz (Paris VIII)Roberto Zamparelli (University of Trento)


The registration is free. Registration page:

The conference is sponsored by the ANR Project GENIUS: Genericity Interpretation and Uses.


Day 1, Monday 5 December, 2011

9h00-10h00Invited Speaker: Alice ter Meulen, University of GenevaGenerics in Information Structure: Exceptions versus counterexamples

10h10-10h40Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, University of CreteTo distribute and to make an exception: Genericity and universal quantification in Greek

10h40-11h00Coffee Break

11h00-11h40James Hampton, City University LondonGenerics as reflecting conceptual knowledge

11h40-12h40Invited Speaker: Sandeep Prasada, CUNY, NYMechanisms for characterizing kinds and classes


14h00-15h00Invited Speaker: Anne Zribi-Hertz, Universite Paris-8/SFL, Paris-8/CNRS (based on joint work with Loïc Jean-Louis, Universite Paris-8)LA- and LÉ in Matinikè: genericity markers in the DP?

15h00-15h40Olga Borik, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & M.Teresa Espinal, Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaOn reference to kinds in Spanish and Russian

15h40-16h00Coffee Break

16h00-16h40Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, CNRS UMR 7023 - Paris 8Lexical genericity: R-impersonal pronouns

16h40-17h40Invited Speaker: Roberto Zamparelli, University of TrentoBuilding (sub)kinds


Day 2, Tuesday 6 December, 2011

9h00-10h00Invited Speaker: Yael Greenberg, Bar Ilan UniversityGenericity and (non)accidentalness

10h00-10h40Christian Retore, LaBRI, INRIA, Universite de Bordeaux 1Specimens: ''most of'' generic NPs in a contextually flexible type theory

10h40-11h00Coffee Break

11h00-11h40Svetlana Vogeleer, Institut Libre Marie Haps & Université Libre de BruxellesBare habituals with indefinite singular objects and the perfective viewpoint aspect

11h40-12h40Invited Speaker: Nicholas Asher, CNRS - IRIT, UniversitéPaul SabatierMore truths about generic truth


14h00-15h00Invited Speaker: Sarah-Jane Leslie, Princeton UniversityGenerics as Cognitive Defaults

15h00-15h40Matt Teichman, University of ChicagoIs There a Generic Quantifier?

15h40-16h00Coffee Break

16h00-16h40Sascha Alexeyenko, Institute of Cognitive Science,University of OsnabrückNominal Generics: Past and Present

16h40-17h40Invited Speaker: Ariel Cohen, Ben-Gurion University of the NegevGenerics as modals


The registration if free. Registration page :

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