LINGUIST List 23.2707

Tue Jun 12 2012

Confs: Germanic, Romance, Discourse Analysis, Lang Acq, Semantics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 10-Jun-2012
From: Anna-Maria De Cesare <>
Subject: Workshop: Additive and Restrictive Quantification in Discourse
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Workshop: Additive and Restrictive Quantification in Discourse

Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013 Location: Geneva, Switzerland Contact: Anna-Maria De Cesare Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology

Other Specialty: Germanic and Romance Languages

Meeting Description:

All the languages of the world probably have special linguistic strategies to perform two basic semantic / cognitive operations: additive and restrictive quantification of a piece of information (referent, temporal span, event etc.) in relation to a set of alternatives, as in 'I also / only like to read'. These two operations can be expressed through lexical forms (adverbs or particles, such as E. also / only, G. auch / nur, I. anche / solo, solamente, soltanto, Fr. aussi / seulement etc.; adjectives, such as It. solo, unico, Fr. seul, unique), through prosody (i.e. verum focus), as well as through morphological and syntactic means (cleft sentences and other syntactic structures, such as It. non … che..., non … se non). Unlike other linguistic quantifiers, such as numerals or indefinites, these forms always interact with the sentence information structure (at different levels) and play a crucial role in discourse organization.

The goal of the Workshop is to better understand additive and restrictive quantification, in particular at the level of discourse organization, by comparing the linguistic means available in the Romance and the Germanic languages, as well as discussing their path of acquisition in L1 and L2.

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