27.3591, Calls: Semantics, Language Acquisitiion, Pragmatics/Germany

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Subject: 27.3591, Calls: Semantics, Language Acquisitiion, Pragmatics/Germany

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Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:07:15
From: Fabienne Martin [fabienne.martin at ling.uni-stuttgart.de]
Subject: Non-culminating, Irresultative and Atelic Readings of Telic Predicates

Full Title: Non-culminating, Irresultative and Atelic Readings of Telic Predicates 
Short Title: TELIC 2017 

Date: 12-Jan-2017 - 14-Jan-2017
Location: Stuttgart, Germany 
Contact Person: Fabienne Martin
Meeting Email: fabienne.martin at ling.uni-stuttgart.de
Web Site: https://telic2017.wordpress.com 

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2016 

Meeting Description:

The topic of TELIC 2017 is non-culminating, irresultative  and atelic readings
of telic predicates. We will approach this by combining theoretical and
experimental perspectives

Invited Speakers (to be completed):

Daniel ALTSHULER (Hampshire College & University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Oliver BOTT (Universität Tübingen)
Ileana PAUL (University of Western Ontario)
Henriette de SWART (Utrecht University)
Sergei TATEVOSOV (Moscow State University)

Featuring invited talks by the following members of the GraMALL project:

Maria ARCHE (University of Greenwich) 
Fabrizio AROSIO (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Hamida DEMIRDACHE (LLING, Université de  Nantes/CNRS)
Francesca FOPPOLO (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Isabel GARCIA DEL REAL (Universidad del País Vasco) TBC
Angeliek VAN HOUT (University of Groningen)
Nina KAZANINA (University of Bristol) 
Jinhong LIU (LLING, Université de Nantes/CNRS)
Iris STRANGMANN (New York University) TBC

Please go to https://telic2017.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/ for a full
description of the workshop.

The workshop is organized by Fabienne Martin and Tillmann Pross (University of
Stuttgart), and financed by the Collaborative Research Center SFB 732 hosted
by the University of Stuttgart, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research (GraMALL project, PI Angeliek van Hout) and the Laboratoire de
Linguistique de Nantes (LLING, Université de Nantes/CNRS).

Call for Papers:

Partitive (non-culminating/ongoing-event) readings of accomplishments raise
the following issues, among others:

- Which lexical properties license non-culminating and on-going event readings
of telic predicates? Do we have to posit a sublexical modal component in their
semantics (Koenig and Muasawan 2000, Koenig and Davis 2001, Martin and Schäfer
2015, Martin 2015)? Should we distinguish between two kinds of telos, a
`standard/contingent' telos and a `maximal' telos (Kearns 2007, Fleischhauer
2015, Civardi & Bertinetto 2015)? Do we have to make the relevant telic verbs
gradable, with the encoded degree being either maximal or context-dependent
(Piñón 2009)? 
- Several authors distinguish two types of partitive readings for causative
telic predicates, one under which the encoded result does not take place at
all, and one under which the result takes place only partially, cf. Tatevosov
& Ivanov 2009. Which reading is available for which subtype of predicates in
which language? Which part of a VP-event has to occur in the actual world for
the failed attempt reading to be satisfied? Do languages differ from each
other on this respect? 
- Are telic predicates modified by durative/measure adverbials coerced into
atelic predicates (Moens & Steedman 1988, de Swart 1998), or can they also
keep their telic value once so modified (e.g. Deo & Piñango 2011)? Are
accomplishment verbs still accomplishments under their non-culminating
reading, or are they in fact atelic verbs (Tai 1984, Piñón 2014)?
- Altshuler's (2014) typology distinguishes a.o. between `strong' perfective
markers requiring complete events in the extension of the VP they combine with
(Russian), and `weak' perfective markers requiring maximal (non)-proper events
in the extension of the VP (Hindi). What is the scope and the source of
crosslinguistic variation in the meaning of perfectives? 
- Non-culminating readings of accomplishments have been claimed to require 
the predicate's external argument to be associated with ''agenthood''
properties (Demirdache & Martin 2015 and references therein). What are the
relevant agentive properties? Are they instantiable by non-human entities or
atypical (accidental) agents? Is agenthood required for
zero-CoS/failed-attempt readings only, or for partial-CoS/partial-result
readings as well?

The workshop welcomes theoretical and empirical submissions on any all these
and related issues. We particularly welcome papers combining experimental and
theoretical approaches, as well as  experimental papers bearing on:

- Non-adultlike interpretations of perfective and imperfective telic sentences
in child languages (van Hout 2005, 2008 on Dutch, Polish and Italian, Kazanina
and Phillips 2007 on Russian, Chen 2004, 2015 on Mandarin Chinese)
- Partitive interpretations of telic sentences in adult languages (e.g. 
incomplete event interpretations of perfective telic sentences, cf. van Hout
1998,  Arunachalam & Kothari 2011, Ogiela et al. 2014)
- The processing of perfective sentences with telic predicates modified by
durative adverbials (Bott 2008, 2010, Bott & Hamm 2014)
- The processing of imperfective sentences with telic predicates (Baggio et
al. 2008) 

Contributors are asked to submit their abstract  at the following address:

Please visit https://telic2017.wordpress.com/submissions/ for details.


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