21.4466, Confs: Semantics, Syntax, Typology/USA

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Subject: 21.4466, Confs: Semantics, Syntax, Typology/USA

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Date: 07-Nov-2010
From: Michael Erlewine [mitcho at mit.edu]
Subject: MIT Workshop on Comparatives
 

	
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Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 22:41:43
From: Michael Erlewine [mitcho at mit.edu]
Subject: MIT Workshop on Comparatives

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MIT Workshop on Comparatives 

Date: 13-Nov-2010 - 14-Nov-2010 
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA 
Contact: Michael Erlewine 
Contact Email: comparatives-www at mit.edu 
Meeting URL: http://comparatives.mit.edu 

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology 

Meeting Description: 

Recent crosslinguistic studies of comparative constructions such as Beck, Oda, and Sugisaki (2004) and Kennedy (2007) among others have not only broadened our understanding of how natural language expresses comparison, but also raised theoretical issues of how languages can differ both semantically and syntactically in what types of comparison can be expressed in what forms. The aim of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for linguists in the Cambridge area (and beyond) who are interested in this topic to share their recent findings and discuss their implications on the crosslinguistic typology of comparative constructions. 

November 13 (Saturday)

10:00-11:00
    The Derivation and Distribution of than-Clauses
    Invited speaker: Rajesh Bhatt (UMass Amherst), presenting joint work with Shoichi Takahashi
11:00-11:45
    The Most You'd Ever Want To Hear About Superlatives and NPIs
    Edwin Howard (MIT)
11:45-12:30
    Surface Syntax and Semantics: A Transparent Account of French Comparatives
    Patrick Rich (Harvard)
2:00-2:45
    A Conceptual Analysis of Degrees and its Implications on Comparatives
    Yuncheng Zhou (MIT)
2:45-3:30
    Independent Dependency in the Mandarin bi Comparative
    Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (MIT)
4:00-4:45
    The Bare Comparative in Chinese
    Louis Liu (Harvard)
4:45-5:45
    'Incomplete' Comparatives (no comparative marker or no standard phrase)
    Invited speaker: Roger Schwarzchild (Rutgers)

November 14 (Sunday)

10:00-11:00
    Epistemic Wa and Negative Islands in Japanese
    Invited speakers: Bernhard Schwarz and Junko Shimoyama (McGill)
11:00-11:45
    Splitting POS: Evidence from Navajo for Two POS Morphemes
    Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten (UMass Amherst)
11:45-12:30
    Locational Comparatives
    Junya Nomura (MIT)
2:00-2:45
    Plural Comparison and Collective Predication
    Greg Scontras (Harvard), Peter Graff (MIT), and Noah D. Goodman (Stanford)
2:45-3:30
    Subset Comparatives: A Psycholinguistic Investigation
    Meg Grant (UMass Amherst)





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