First Call for Participation: Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Countability in Natural Language

Jan Strunk strunk at
Mon Aug 2 16:03:22 EDT 2010

First Call for Participation
Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Countability
in Natural Language

Date: 22-Sep-2010 - 24-Sep-2010
Location: Bochum, Germany
Contact: Tibor Kiss
Contact Email: countability2010 at
Meeting URL:

A conference organized by the Linguistics Department
(Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut) of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.

Preliminary Program (time schedule will be provided later)

Invited Speakers:
Francis Jeffry Pelletier: Lexical Nouns are both +Mass and +Count, and 
also neither +Mass nor +Count

Hagit Borer (co-author: Sarah Ouwayda): Playing Your Cardinals Right

Henriette de Swart: Bare PPs - Monolingual, Multilingual and Comparative 
Explorations in Countability

List of Accepted Papers:
Paolo Acquaviva: Countability and Part Structure in Grammar and Cognition

Marijke De Belder: Flavors of n: On the Morphosyntax of Collective Mass 

David Clausen, Alex Djalali, Scott Grimm, Sven Lauer, Tania 
Rojas-Esponda, and Beth Levin: Extension, Ontological Type, and 
Morphosyntactic Class: Three Ingredients of Countability

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin and Marcelo Ferreira: Number Neutrality: From
Pluralization to Unspecified Cardinality

Jenny Doetjes: Mismatches in the Lexicon

M. Teresa Espinal: Bare Common Count Nouns and Mass Nouns

Abdelkader Fassi Fehri: Generality in the Grammar of Countability

Daniel Harbour: Aspect, Masshood, Pronominal Number, and the Integers

Aurelie Herbelot and Ann Copestake: Underquantification: An Application 
to Mass Terms

Gianina Iordachioaia and Elena Soare: Countability across Categories: 
Layers of Pluractionality in the Romanian Supine

Xuping Li: Counting and Measure Functions of Classifiers in a Classifier 

Mihaela Marchis: On the Mass/Plural Interpretation of Relational 
Adjectives and de Phrases in Romance

Suzi Lima: Bare Nouns and Plurality in Yudja: Mass Nouns and the 
Signature Property

Mario Saltarelli: The Grammaticalization of Countability: A Non-Lexical 

Gerhard Schaden: Problematic Feature Mappings in Number

Tobias Stadtfeld: Computational Countability

Martina Werner: The Grammaticalisation of Countability:
The Quantificational Role of Suffixes Illustrated by the Diachrony of 
German Masculine -er-Nominalisations

Roberto Zamparelli: Abstract Mass Nouns and Corpus-Based Analyses

Niina Zhang: Two Defining Properties of Countability

Conference Organizers:

- Tibor Kiss
- Tobias Stadtfeld
- Antje Müller
- Katja Keßelmeier
- Claudia Roch
- Jan Strunk

On behalf of the conference organizers:

Jan Strunk
Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
strunk at

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