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Mon Dec 17 2012

Confs: Semantics, Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, Philosophy of Language/France

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Date: 16-Dec-2012
From: Alexandra Arapinis <>
Subject: Mass/Count: International Multidisciplinary Colloquium
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Mass/Count: International Multidisciplinary Colloquium Short Title: Mass-Count

Date: 20-Dec-2012 - 21-Dec-2012 Location: Paris, France Contact: Alexandra Arapinis Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

International Multidisciplinary Colloquium: Mass/Count in Linguistics, Philosophy and Cognitive Science
December 20-21, 2012
Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)
45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris

It is our pleasure to announce the ‘Mass/Count in Linguistics, Philosophy and Cognitive Science’ colloquium.

With the support of the Paris Diderot University, IHPST, IEC (Linguistics Department) and the ANR-DFG NOMINAL project.

Organizers: Alexandra Arapinis (IHPST), Friederike Moltmann (IHPST), Lucia Tovena (Paris Diderot University)

The colloquium will be preceded by a one-day tutorial on the mass/count distinction given by Friederike Moltmann (IHPST) and David Nicholas (IJN).

The aim of this colloquium is to provide a platform of exchange between linguists, philosophers and psychologists, working the different aspects of the mass/count distinction. Such a resolutely interdisciplinary approach is indeed necessary to fully apprehend the new questions that are presently arising in connection to the mass/count distinction. This multidisciplinary conference aspires to move this scientific debate forward, and contribute to the evolution of current methodology.

A more detailed description is available on the dedicated website:

Invited Speakers:

David Barner (UCSD)
Almerindo Ojeda (UCDavis)
Beyon-Uk Yi (Toronto University)
Anne Zribi-Herts (Paris 8 University)

Registration is required. It is done in two steps: (i) pre-registration on the conference website, (ii) final registration and payment on-site. To pre-register, create an account on the conference website, log in, and fill in the registration form.

Reduced registration fee may be envisaged upon personal request to the organizers.

Registration fees and other practical information are available on the conference website:


Wednesday, December 19
IHPST, 13 rue du Four, 75006 Paris (2nd floor)

Tutorial on the mass/count distinction:

11.00 - 13.00
David Nicolas (IJN)
14.30 - 17.30
Friederike Moltmann (IHPST)

Thursday, December 20 (Room Dussane)
Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)
45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris

09.30 - 10.20
Invited speaker Byeong-uk Yi (Toronto University)
Numeral classifiers and the mass/count distinction
10.20 - 11.00
Scott Grimm (Stanford University), Beth Levin (Stanford University)
Who has more furniture? An exploration of the bases for comparison

Coffee break

11.20 - 12.00
Peter Smith (University of Connecticut)
Count-mass nouns may not be mass after all
12.00 - 12.40
Water and boy in Mandarin: an ontological distinction only

Lunch break

14.00 - 14.50
Invited speaker Almerindo Ojeda (UCDavis)
Countability and grammatical number: An Aristotelian view and its challenges
14.50 - 15.30
Roberto Zamparelli (University of Trento)
Countability, number and (in)definiteness in Chinese nominals
15.30 - 16.10Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University), Roberta Pires de Oliveira (UFSC)
Bare noun phrases and comparatives: A cross-linguistic perspective?

Coffee break

16.30 - 17.10
Ana Muller (Universidade de São Paulo)
Individuation in a bare-nouns-only language
17.10 - 17.50
Yan Li (Université Paris Diderot)
L’interprétation de la sémantique de ‘nom propre-men’ en chinois
17.50 - 18.30
Catherine Mazodier (Université Paris Diderot)
« How much sideboob is too much sideboob? » Fonctionnement du nom, quantification et/ou qualification : une analyse énonciative des emplois en contexte du néologisme «sideboob »

18.30 - 20.30Buffet: Wine and Cheese Reception (organised at the ENS)

Friday, December 21 (room Dussane)
Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)
45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris

09.10 - 10.00
Invited speaker David Barner (UCSD)
Experimental evidence for the compositionality of sortal concepts
10.00 - 10.40

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.40
Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University), Alessandro Treves (SISSA), Ritwik Kulkarni (SISSA)
A statistical investigation into the crosslinguistic distribution of mass and count nouns: ‘Morphosyntactic and semantic perspectives.’
11.40 - 12.20
Alan Bale (Concordia University), Brendan Gillon (McGill University)
Re-examining the mass-count distinction
12.20 - 13.00
Suzi Lima (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
The count/mass distinction in Yudja (Tupi): Quantity judgment studies

Lunch break

14.20 - 15.10
Invited speaker Dana Cohen et Anne Zribi-Hertz (SFL/Paris8)
‘Mass’ vs. ‘Count’: On the distribution of labour between syntax and the lexicon
15.10 - 15.50
Stefan Hinterwimmer (University of Osnabrueck)
A comparison of abstract and concrete mass nouns in terms of their interaction with vague quantificational determiners

Coffee break

16.10 - 17.00Invited speaker Henry Laycock (Queen’s University)
WORDS AND CONCEPTS: The ‘object’ concept and the ‘matter’ concept

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