LINGUIST List 26.2545

Tue May 19 2015

Confs: Morphology, Philosophy of Language, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 18-May-2015
From: Tillmann Pross <>
Subject: Workshop on the Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Aspects of Dispositions
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Workshop on the Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Aspects of Dispositions

Date: 25-Jun-2015 - 27-Jun-2015
Location: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Contact: Marcel Pitteroff
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Philosophy of Language; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Workshop Description:

The goal of this workshop is to explore questions about the morpho-syntax, semantics and underlying ontology of words and constructions used to describe dispositions. The central aim of the workshop is to develop a better understanding of how existing and novel insights from different approaches to dispositions can be integrated into a single theory of dispositions and their linguistic descriptions.

Questions to be addressed by the workshop:

1. What are the truth conditions of dispositional statements?
2. How are these truth conditions determined compositionally?
3. In what ways can dispositions be linguistically expressed?
4. What are linguistic tests for dispositionality?
5. Are there distinct notions of ‘disposition’ between which a linguistic theory of disposition description should distinguish?
6. Among the words that can be used to express dispositionality are nouns, adjectives and verbs. What systematic connections are there between the ways in which different parts of speech do this, in particular between deverbal nouns and adjectives and the underlying verbs?
7. What role do temporal and aspectual sentence constituents play in the verbal expression of dispositions?
8. How do dispositional statements differ from habitual and frequency statements?
9. What relations are there between dispositions and causality?
10. One of the constructions that can be used to describe dispositions are middles. (An example: the German sentence `Dieser Satz liest sich leicht’ (‘This sentence reads easily’)). Is ‘middle’ a morpho-syntactic or a notional concept? Where do the argument positions of disposition-expressing middles come from? What is the syntax-semantics interface for these constructions?

For a more detailed outline of the Workshop, please consult the workshop homepage:

Invited Speakers:

Artemis Alexiadou (Stuttgart)
Elena Castroviejo (Madrid)
Ariel Cohen (Ben Gurion)
Bridget Copley (Paris)
Nora Boneh (Jerusalem)
Hans Kamp (Stuttgart)
Marika Lekakou (Ioannina)
John Maier (Cambridge, TBC)
Christopher Piñón (Lille)
Stephan Schmid (Berlin)
Barbara Vetter (Berlin)


Workshop on the Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Aspects of Dispositions
University of Stuttgart, 25 June – 27 June 2015
Venue: Casino of the University of Stuttgart, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 24, 70174 Stuttgart

Please consult the Workshop Website for directions, registration and additional information:

Thursday June 25



Ariel Cohen (Ben Gurion University)
The square of disposition

Nick Kroll (Franklin & Marshall College)
Dibble Dabbling in ‘-ible’, ‘-able’, and ‘-ing’

11:10 Coffee break

John Maier (University of Cambridge)
Affordance Ascriptions

Isabelle Roy, Bridget Copley, Saveria Colonna (University of Paris 8)
and Sudha Arunachalam (Boston University)
Reference to dispositions in the interpretation of -er nominals: Experimental evidence from adults
and children

13:05 Lunch

Bridget Copley (University of Paris 8)
Structuring Dispositions

Simona Aimar (University of Oxford)
Non-Standard Possibility Modals: Dispositional Adjectives

16:10 Coffee break

Sven Lauer (University of Konstanz)
Interpreting periphrastic causatives: disposition and coercion

Friday June 26

Artemis Alexiadou (University of Stuttgart)
-able adjectives and the syntax of (psych) verbs

Marta Donazzan (University of Cologne) and Lucia Tovena (University of Paris 7)
Dispositions in event nouns: decomposing the agentivity constraint

11:10 Coffee break

Barbara Vetter (Humboldt University Berlin)
The modal force of disposition ascriptions

Daniel Kodaj (University of Oxford)
The strict conditional analysis of dispositions

13:05 Lunch

Elena Castroviejo Miro (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid)
What does 'be capable' tell us about capacities? An answer from Romance

Karoly Varasdi (University of Düsseldorf)
Possibility, capability, and the progressive aspect

16:10 Coffee break

Nora Boneh (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
On habituality and dispositions

Saturday June 27

Christopher Pinon (University of Lille 3)

Berit Gehrke (University of Paris 7)
When dispositions become manners

10:55 Coffee break

Marika Lekakou (University of Ioannina)
Dispositions in middles

Hans Kamp (University of Stuttgart)

13:15 Lunch

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