LINGUIST List 32.178

Tue Jan 12 2021

Confs: Comp Ling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Online

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Date: 11-Jan-2021
From: Judith Tonhauser <>
Subject: Workshop on Clause-Embedding Predicates (online)
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Workshop on Clause-Embedding Predicates (online)

Date: 31-Mar-2021 - 02-Apr-2021
Location: Columbus, OH (Online), USA
Contact: Judith Tonhauser
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

The virtual workshop on the semantics and pragmatics of clause-embedding predicates will be hosted by the Linguistics department at The Ohio State University on March 31 to April 2, 2021, with funding support from the National Science Foundation. The workshop is organized by Craige Roberts and Judith Tonhauser.

The workshop is intended to facilitate a discussion among researchers in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics and computational linguistics on the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of clause-embedding predicates. The overarching goal of the workshop is to address the question of which components of the structure and meaning of such predicates predict how they are used in discourse and what inferences listeners draw from speakers’ utterances of sentences containing them.

The workshop will feature invited presentations by:
- Márta Abrusán (CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod)
- Corien Bary (Radboud University)
- Judith Degen (Stanford University)
- Kajsa Djärv (University of Konstanz)
- Valentine Hacquard (University of Maryland)
- Ellie Pavlick (Brown University)
- Kyle Rawlins (Johns Hopkins University)

Topics we are hoping to discuss as part of the workshop include:

- Which classes of predicates emerge from the results of empirical diagnostics regarding their structure, semantics and pragmatics (e.g., their modal flavor, presupposition of the content of the complement, veridicality, selectional restrictions including grammatical mood of complements, and control properties)?

- Which syntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties can be predicted from class membership? E.g., how does the veridicality of a predicate with a finite complement bear on whether that same predicate taking an infinitival complement exhibits obligatory control or yields de se interpretations? Which aspects of the meaning of a predicate predict whether the content of its complement is assertable (Hooper 1975), at-issue or projective?

- What do computational models predict about the structure and meaning of clause-embedding predicates?

- How do different senses of a predicate differ in their corresponding syntactic, semantic or pragmatic properties?

- What are the limits of cross-linguistic variation in the structure and meaning of clause-embedding predicates?

- Which cross-linguistic phenomena bear on our understanding of clause-embedding predicates (e.g., evidentiality, modality, mood selection)?

Program Information:

The workshop has online and offline components. The online components take place on March 31 to April 2, 2021 from 10am to 1:15pm EST (4pm to 7:15pm CET, 7am to 10:15am PST). During these times, we will discuss the invited workshop contributions as well as overarching workshop questions.

The offline component of the workshop consists of prerecorded presentations. These presentations will be made available by March 17, 2021, to give workshop participants ample time to watch those presentations in preparation for the online discussion component of the workshop.

Details about the program and how to participate in the online workshop will be announced on the workshop website (

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