24.549, Calls: Semantics, Morphology, Syntax, Typology/USA

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Subject: 24.549, Calls: Semantics, Morphology, Syntax, Typology/USA

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Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:41:51
From: Andrew Koontz-Garboden [andrewkg at manchester.ac.uk]
Subject: Workshop on Semantic Variation

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Full Title: Workshop on Semantic Variation 

Date: 25-Oct-2013 - 26-Oct-2013
Location: Chicago, IL, USA 
Contact Person: Itamar Francez
Meeting Email: semvar.2013 at gmail.com
Web Site: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/semvar2013/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Typology 

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2013 

Meeting Description:

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago will host a two day workshop on semantic variation, October 25-26, 2013.

Invited Speakers:

Ivano Caponigro (UC, San Diego)
Mary Dalrymple (University of Oxford)
Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago)
Ed Keenan (UCLA)
Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)
Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia)

The workshop is organized by Itamar Francez (University of Chicago) and Andrew Koontz-Garboden (University of Manchester) and is sponsored by the University of Chicago Department of Linguistics and Division of Humanities, the University of Manchester Department of Linguistics and English Language, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

2nd Call for Papers: 

We invite abstracts for 30 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion) that address the topic of semantic variation, particularly from the perspective of the questions listed below. 

The goal of uncovering systematic principles governing crosslinguistic variation has been pursued much more vigorously in the study of form (syntax, phonology, morphology) than of meaning. Recently, the semantics community has seen a reinvigorated interest in the question of crosslinguistic variation. This workshop aims to contribute to this reinvigoration. We invite work in crosslinguistic formal semantics focusing on the following interrelated topics: 

(1) The relation between semantic and morphosyntactic variation. Is there variation in the semantic component of grammar? Matthewson (2001) suggests the possibility of a negative answer, according to which morphosyntactic variation in the form of quantificational noun phrases reveals facts about the universal semantics of quantificational determiners, obscured by the morphosyntax of English. In contrast, Chierchia (1998) tries to derive morphosyntactic variation in the expression of nominal arguments from a semantic theory of the possible denotations of lexical nouns. Can systematic patterns of crosslinguistic variation in morphosyntax be explained as rooted in semantic variation? 

(2) Assuming there is variation in the semantic component of grammar, what are its loci? For example, do languages differ in: 

(a) how a universal inventory of model theoretic components is mapped into lexical items? 
(b) the ontological categories they employ? 
(c) the modes of semantic combination they employ? 
(d) the way in which lexically encoded inferential information is expressed (e.g. presupposition vs. assertion)? 

Submission Guidelines: 

Abstracts should consist of a two page description (12pt font, including references and data). Abstracts should be emailed to semvar.2013 at gmail.com. Authors should include title of the proposal, name of the author(s) and affiliation in the body of the email. 

Important Dates: 

Deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2013 
Notification of acceptance: June 25, 2013 
Workshop dates: October 25-26, 2013

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