Where Semantics Meets Pragmatics

First International Workshop on Current Research in the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface
Michigan State University, July, 11-13, 2003


Download of the Workshop Brochure: SemPrag03.Progr.pdf (1.7 MB)

Klaus von Heusinger

Institut für Linguistik/Germanistik (ILG)
Universität Stuttgart
Postfach 10 60 37
D-70049 Stuttgart
Jaroslav Peregrin

Department of Logic
Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1
CZ-110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
Ken Turner

School of Languages
University of Brighton
East Sussex BN1 9PH
Great Britain
vonHeusinger@ilg.uni-stuttgart.de peregrin@ff.cuni.cz K.P.Turner@bton.ac.uk

[Invited Speakers] [Description] [Programme] [Local Information]

Invited Speakers


The purpose of this workshop is to attract very high quality recent work on the interdigitation of semantic and pragmatic theories. This topic has become a centre of intense interest in the last year or so and a book series called Current Research in the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface (CRiSPI) of which the three organizers of this workshop are editors or editorial advisors, may have played some role in promoting this interest. The workshop is interested in attracting papers on the currently fashionable topics of, among others, presupposition, anaphora resolution, quantification, propositional attitude attribution and modality, as well as other less recently fashionable topics such as conditionals. Logical, linguistic, psycholinguistic and computational approaches to these topics will be welcomed. We hope that each invited speaker will be able to have a one hour slot, and the other speakers will have 40 minutes (including discussion). Selected papers may be published as a CRiSPI volume provisionally titled 'Where Semantics Meets Pragmatics: The Michigan Papers' (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/series/crispi)


Friday, 11 - July - 2003

14.00 Registration (fee 25 US $) at B-106 Wells Hall
Larry Horn (Yale University) The Border Wars: a neo-Gricean perspective
Mira Ariel (Tel Aviv University) Most: Reversing some of the roles of semantics and pragmatics
Lewis Bott & Ira Noveck (CNRS Bron) The Time Course of Scalar Implicature
K.M. Jaszczolt (University of Cambridge) Futurity in Default Semantics
Michael Hegarty (Louisiana State University) Type Shifting of Entities in Discourse
meeting in a restaurant

Saturday, 12 - July - 2003

9.00-10.00 Hans Kamp (Universität Stuttgart) Focus Variables of Higher Type
10.00-10.20 break
10.20-11.00 Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach (Ohio State University) Superlative Quantifiers and the Dynamics of Context Dependence
11.00-11.40 Linton Wang & Eric McCready & Nicolas Asher (University of Texas) Information Dependency in Quantificational Subordination
11.40-12.30 Ronnie Cann (University of Edinburgh) Semantic Underspecifictaion and the Pragmatic Interpretation of Be
12.30-14.00 lunch
14.00-14.40 Aoife Ahern (U.N.E.D. Madrid) Mood, Propositional Attitudes and Metarepresentation in Spanish M
14.40-15.20 Jeremy J. Goard (UC Davis) Definiteness and English Prenominal Possessives
15.20-16.00 Chungmin Lee (Seoul National University) How Alternative Question and Conjunctive Question Generate Contrastive Focus and Contrastive Topic, respectively
16.00-16.20 break
16.20-17.00 Luis Paris (State University of New York) On the properties of a Semantics-Pragmatics Interface Pattern in the Expression of Manner
17.00-17.40 Ring Mei-Han Low (University at Buffalo) The Hidden Path of Semantic Content within Pragmatic Context: The definite article, "the"
17.40-18.20 Markus Egg (Universität des Saarlandes) Metonymy at the semantics-pragmatics interface
18.20-18.40 break
18.40-19.40 Nicolas Asher (University of Texas) Discourse Topics
20.30 meeting in a restaurant

Sunday, 13 - July - 2003

9.00-9.40 Hotze Rullman & Aili You (University of Calgary) General Number and the Semantics and Pragmatics of Indefinite Bare Nouns in Mandarin Chinese
9.40-10.20 Daniel Hole (Universität München) Matching the Constituency of Quantification and Sentence Structure: Two Case Studies from Mandarin Chinese
10.20-10.40 break
10.40-11.20 Mayumi Masuko (ICU Tokyo) Referential Expressions and Syntax-Semantics(-Pragmatics) Interface
11.20-12.00 António Branco (Universidade de Lisboa) Nominals are Doubly Dual
12.00-12.20 break
12.20-13.20 William Ladusaw (UC Santa Cruz) Framing the issue: the biasing effect of polarity items in questions
13.20-13.30 Closing word

Accepted Papers

Richard Breheny (University of Cambridge) On pragmatic intrusion into semantic content
Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University) How to deny a presupposition
Yael Greenberg (Bar-Ilan University) Tolerating exceptions with "descriptive" and "in virtue of" generics:
two types of modality and reduced vagueness

Local Information

The Institute publishers book exhibit will be open every day except Sunday during the Institute, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. On Friday and Saturday August 1 and 2 it will be open from 9 am to 4 pm. The book exhibit will be set up in C-103 Wells Hall. Erickson Hall where some events will be held is right next to Wells.

Short Term (Weekend) Housing Information

SUMMER INSTITUTE 2003 (http://lsa2003.lin.msu.edu/)

last update: July, 28th, 2003