LINGUIST List 30.4140

Sat Nov 02 2019

Confs: Cog Sci, Gen Ling, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 02-Nov-2019
From: Giuliano Armenante <>
Subject: Processing Tense
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Processing Tense

Date: 14-Nov-2019 - 15-Nov-2019
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact: Giuliano Armenante
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The workshop “Processing Tense” is organized by Project B1 of the SFB 833 “The Construction of Meaning” and will be held in Tübingen, Germany, on November 14-15, 2019.
The workshop provides a forum for researchers examining different aspects of the processing of temporal information and is intended to combine research on tense semantics using psycho- or neurolinguistic methods. We are pleased to invite abstracts for the workshop on any topic relevant to processing-related aspects of tense semantics. Submission is open until July 12, 2019.

Invited Speakers:

Ryan Bochnak (University of Manchester)
Lyn Frazier (UMass Amherst)
Isabella Fritz (NTNU, Trondheim)
Silvia Gennari (University of York)
Anne Mucha (IDS Mannheim)
Jacopo Romoli (Ulster University)


Reference to time is an extremely common and basic concept of human cognition. Accordingly, the understanding of tense in natural language has been a primary objective of linguistic, philosophical, and psychological research for a long time (e.g. Prior, 1967; Klein, 2009; Reichenbach, 1947).
From a linguistic view, tense has both been argued to denote referential properties (Enç, 1986; Kratzer, 1998) as well as to induce existential quantification (Ogihara, 1995; Kusumoto, 1999). Thus, the optimal way to capture tense meaning is yet to be determined. One phenomenon that has featured prominently in this debate is sequence of tense, correlating with a semantically vacuous past in embedded contexts. This apparent lack of a one-to-one correspondence between tense morphology and tense meaning constitutes a challenge to the view that one form must be mapped to one meaning, and it also constitutes an interesting locus of cross-linguistic variation (Grønn & von Stechow, 2010; Ogihara & Sharvit, 2012). From a psycholinguistic perspective, the processing of tense has been primarily examined in its relation to aspectual properties, and with a focus on the on-line processing of morphological mismatches (but see Baggio, 2004 and Dickey, 2000, for exceptions). However, relatively little is still known about the processing of more complex temporal phenomena, such as embedded tenses or the processing of temporal mismatches that cannot be attributed to morphology.

The workshop aims at providing a forum for researchers who combine research on tense semantics with empirical insights from psycho- and neurolinguistic studies or from linguistic fieldwork. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Pronominal and quantificational approaches towards tense
- Cross-linguistic variation of the category of tense
- Representation and processing of tense in embedded contexts
- Interaction with other grammatical categories such as aspect, mood and voice
- The temporal interpretation of noun phrases and other linguistic expressions encoding temporal information

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