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Subject: 21.4733, Confs: Cog Sci, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics/Germany

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Date: 24-Nov-2010
From: Stephanie Solt [solt at zas.gwz-berlin.de]
Subject: Vague Quantities and Vague Quantifiers
 

	
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Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 13:20:38
From: Stephanie Solt [solt at zas.gwz-berlin.de]
Subject: Vague Quantities and Vague Quantifiers

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Vague Quantities and Vague Quantifiers 
Short Title: VQ2 

Date: 08-Dec-2010 - 09-Dec-2010 
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Contact: Stephanie Solt 
Contact Email: solt at zas.gwz-berlin.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_vq2.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; 
Semantics 

Meeting Description: 

The exchange of numerical information plays a central role in human 
interaction.  We talk about the number of people in a room, the weight of a 
bag of grain, or the proportion of the population who supports a particular 
candidate or proposition.  

A crucial aspect of much of the quantity information we exchange is that it is 
approximate, vague or incomplete.  Vagueness may be signalled 
linguistically via modifiers such as 'about' (about 50 books) and 'roughly' 
(roughly 20 people).  Even without modification, seemingly precise 
numerical expressions may be interpreted approximately; for example, 
'there were 100 people in the audience' is typically understood to mean 
'about 100'.  And most centrally, several highly frequent natural language 
quantifiers, such as 'many', 'few', 'most' and 'a lot', are inherently vague.  

The goal of the present workshop is to bring together diverse theoretical 
perspectives on vague quantities and vague quantifiers, from fields 
including linguistic semantics and pragmatics, logic (particularly fuzzy logic), 
psycholinguistics, cognitive science and psychology.  Specific topics to be 
covered include:

- Linguistic treatments of vague quantifiers
- Granularity models of approximation
- Logics for vague quantity 
- Generalized fuzzy quantifiers
- The mental representation and processing of vague or approximate 
quantity 
- Reasoning with vague quantifiers

Vague Quantities and Vague Quantifiers is funded by the European Science 
Foundation (ESF) under the auspices of the EUROCORES Programme 
LogICCC.

Organizers: 
Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin) 
Stephanie Solt (ZAS Berlin)
Chris Fermüller (Technische Universität Wien) 

Wednesday, 8 December

9.30-9.45
Manfred Krifka (ZAS Berlin):
Welcome and Introduction 

9.45-10.15
Stephanie Solt (ZAS Berlin):
Some cases of vague quantity 

10.15-10.45
Alan Bale (Concordia):
Precision, vagueness, scales and the back-down phenomenon 

10.45-11.15
Break 

11.15-11.45
Denis Bonnay (Paris Ouest):
Vagueness at all orders 

11.45-12.15
Pilar Delunde (UAB):
Model theory for fuzzy predicate languages 

12.15-14.00
Lunch 

14.00-14.30
Marian Klamer & Antoinette Schapper (Leiden):
Numbers and vague quantification in Alor Pantar languages: some initial 
observations 

14.30-15.00
Rasmus Baath, Uli Sauderland & Sverker Sikstrom (ZAS Berlin/Lund):
Quantifier use in English and German: an online study 

15.00-15.30
Marijan Palmovic & Gordana Hrzica (U Zagreb):
Color terms and quantities: an experimental account 

15.30-16.00
Break

16.00-16.30
Christoph Roschger (Technical University Vienna):
Contextual models of vagueness and vague quantifiers 

16.30-17.30
Invited Speaker:
Vilem NOvak (U Ostrava):
On the theory of intermediate quantifiers 

Thursday, 9 December

9.30-9.45
Eva Hoogland (ESF):
ESF, EUROCORES & LogICCC 

9.45-10.45
Invited Speaker:
Justin Halberda (John Hopkins U):
TBD 

10.45-11.15
Break 

11.15-11.45
Raquel Fernandez (ILLC, Amsterdam):
Common ground and granularity of referring expressions 

11.45-12.15
Chris Cummins (Cambridge):
Modelling the pragmatic effects of approximation 

12.15-14.00
Lunch 

14.00-14.30
Maria Spychalska(Utrecht):
Reasoning with vague quantifiers
 
14.30-15.00
Niki Pfeifer, Giuseppe Sanfilippo & Aangelo Gilio (LMU Munich):
Coherent probabilistic quantification, existential import and Aristotelian
syllogistics
 
15.00-15.30
Petr Cintula (Acad. of Sciences, Czech Republic):
On Hajek's fuzzy quantifiers ''probably'' and ''many'' 

15.30-16.00
Break

16.00-16.30
Chris Fermuller (Technical University Vienna):
Is there a role for fuzzy logic in linguistics? 

16.30-17.30
Invited Speaker:
Jakub Szymanik (Stockholm U):
Complexity of quantifier processing





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