26.1756, Calls: Semantics, Syntax/China

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Subject: 26.1756, Calls: Semantics, Syntax/China

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Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:13:57
From: Xuping Li [xupingli at zju.edu.cn]
Subject: Workshop on Varieties of Adjectival Modification

Full Title: Workshop on Varieties of Adjectival Modification 

Date: 17-Oct-2015 - 18-Oct-2015
Location: Hangzhou, China 
Contact Person: Xuping Li
Meeting Email: xupingli at zju.edu.cn

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax 

Meeting Description:

This workshop on “Varieties of Adjectival Modification” is to be held at Zhejiang University, China on the 17-18 Oct, 2015. It is devoted to the exploration of various non-canonical adjectival modification relations at the interface of syntax and semantics. Since Montague (1970), adjective meanings are analyzed as functions from properties to properties. This argument can be maintained in canonical cases like “a carnivorous animal”, but the complexity of adjectival modification goes far beyond that. The complexity of adjectival modification relations is manifested at least in the following aspects:  

- Adjectives may occur at various syntactic positions, including the adnominal position, the predicate position, and the 
position before classifiers (Jackendoff 1977: a delicious cup of coffee) and on the left-periphery of DP etc.; 
- A variety of adjectives can be distinguished based on their lexical meanings, such as privative adjectives (Partee 1995), 
adnominal degree adjectives (Morzycki 2012), numerical adjectives (Rothstein 2010, 2012, Rouwen 2010, 2014), expressive 
adjectives (Gutzmann 2012, Potts 2007), multidimensional adjectives (Sassoon 2007); 
- Adjectives may modify various types of nouns, such as gradable nouns (Morzycki 2009: a big idiot), event nouns (Larson 1995: a beautiful dancer) etc.   

Invited Speakers: 

Susan Rothstein, Bar Ilan University, Israel  
Rick Nouwen, University of Utrecht, Netherland. 

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission: 30 June, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 15 July, 2015
Workshop Dates: 17 -18 Sep, 2015


Center for the Study of Language and Cognition, Zhejiang University, China
Wiki-link to the City of Hangzhou:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangzhou

Call for Papers:

Submissions of abstracts for 30 minute talks (each followed by a 10 minute question period) are invited. One person can submit at most one single-authored abstract and an additional co-authored one. 

Papers may address—but are not limited to—the syntax or semantics of the above following issues:

- Gradability across categories;    
- Semantics of subtypes of adjectives;  
- The compositionality of non-canonical modification relations; 
- The semantics of denominal adjectives and deadjectival nouns;  
- Comparative constructions  

As planned, altogether, 12 abstracts will be selected from the submissions. Abstracts must be anonymous, at most 2 pages long including references and examples, 12 pt Times New 
Roman font, and in .pdf format. Submission must be sent as PDF files to the following address: xupingli at zju.edu.cn

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