LINGUIST List 25.2905

Fri Jul 11 2014

Calls: Syntax, Semantics, Psycholinguistics/Germany

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Date: 11-Jul-2014
From: Pritty Patel-Grosz <>
Subject: Pronouns in Embedded Contexts at the Syntax-Semantics Interface
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Full Title: Pronouns in Embedded Contexts at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Date: 07-Nov-2014 - 09-Nov-2014
Location: Tuebingen, Germany
Contact Person: Pritty Patel-Grosz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 20-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

Embedded environments (e.g. clausal complements of attitude predicates) provide a window into the nature of pronouns: pronouns in such environments not only exhibit classic distinctions, such as that between bound and referential pronouns; they also participate in a broader range of phenomena, e.g. a distinction between de se and de re readings may emerge if they refer to the attitude holder. This workshop aims at investigating pronouns in such environments in order to shed new light on interactions between (i.) their syntactic properties (e.g. personal vs. clitic vs. null vs. demonstrative pronouns) and (ii.) their semantic properties (e.g. 'de se' pronouns vs. syntactically bound 'de re' pronouns vs. accidentally coreferring 'de re' pronouns). The goal of this workshop is to bring together recent advances on the behavior of pronouns in embedded contexts and how it bears on the correct analysis of pronominal elements.

Invited Speakers:

Angelika Kratzer (UMass Amherst)
Hazel Pearson (ZAS Berlin)
Orin Percus (Université de Nantes)
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; New York University)
Yael Sharvit (UCLA)

Commentators for Invited Talks:

Sigrid Beck (University of Tübingen)
Regine Eckardt (University of Göttingen)
Natasha Korotkova (UCLA)
Thomas Weskott (University of Göttingen)
Igor Yanovich (University of Tübingen)

The workshop will be accompanied by a special discussion session led by the main organisers. In the current syntactic and semantic literature, it is a controversial question whether a unified treatment can be given for certain subsets of words that fall into the traditional category 'pronoun' (e.g. the subset of personal pronouns). The aim of this special session is to engage in a general discussion on possible research directions that emerge from investigating the behavior of pronouns in embedded contexts.

Special Session:

On the (Non-)Uniformity of Pronouns
Patrick Grosz & Pritty Patel Grosz (University of Tübingen)
Sarah Zobel (University of Tübingen)
Commentary: Cornelia Ebert (University of Stuttgart)


The organisers thank the Daimler und Benz Stiftung for funding this workshop.

Organisational Committee:

Patrick Grosz (University of Tuebingen)
Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Tuebingen/SFB 833)
Sarah Zobel (University of Tuebingen)

Final Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for 30-minute talks plus 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, 2 pages (A4 or letter), in a font size no less then 12pt, and with margins of 1 inch/2.5cm. Please submit abstracts via EasyAbs (see link below) no later than July 20, 2014.

Abstract submission link:

Ideal submissions to this workshop might address (but are not limited to) the following topics (individually or in combination):

- Are there novel empirical findings (e.g. from psycholinguistic testing / corpus work / diachronic investigations) that shed light on the distribution of different pronouns (e.g.personal vs demonstrative vs logophoric) in embedded clauses?

- What types of pronouns can refer to the 'speaker' in Free Indirect Discourse (e.g. is there a difference between null vs. overt vs. personal vs. demonstrative pronouns)?

- Which attitude predicates (think, convince, regret, doubt, …) in matrix clauses give rise to 'de se' readings on embedded pronouns, and what other factors are involved (e.g. does negation in the matrix clause have an impact on the availability of de se readings)? Does the type of embedded clause (root vs non-root, factive vs non-factive) impact the availability of de se vs de re readings for embedded pronouns?

- Whenever there is an antecedent in the matrix clause, does the acceptability of null vs clitic vs personal vs demonstrative pronouns in an embedded clause interact with the choice of matrix predicate?

- Do we observe gender mismatch between a matrix attitude holder and an embedded
pronoun? Does it interact with the de se / de re distinction? (e.g. German ''Das Mädchen glaubt, dass es/sie krank ist.'' = 'The girl(neuter) believes that it/she is sick.')

- How are person features interpreted in embedded contexts? What does their
interpretation teach us on the notions of indexicality and anaphoricity?

- What is the distribution and interpretation of arbitrary pronouns in embedded contexts?

- What is the division of labour between narrow grammar and pragmatics with respect to (anti-)logophoricity?

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