|(1)||a.||Anna ist 1,80m groß.||'Anna is 1,80 tall'|
|b.||Anna ist so groß wie Marie.||'Anna is as tall as Marie'|
|(2)||a.||Uns fehlt eine kluge Mathestudentin im Seminar.||'We need a clever Math student in the seminar.'|
|b.||Uns fehlt eine Studentin wie Marie im Seminar.||'We need a student like Marie in the seminar.'|
While the meaning of comparison constructions based on gradable adjectives has been discussed in detail (e.g., Bierwisch 1986, Kennedy 1999), there are few approaches addressing comparison constructions beyond the adjectival domain and there is no general account of how similarity is exploited in natural language. On the other hand, in Cognitive Psychology similarity-based classification is regarded as a basic cognitive ability of human agents and has been studied at length (cf. Hahn & Chater 1998).
In the workshop, we would like to address the question of what strategies there are in natural languages to express comparison, how theses strategies can be modeled, and how these strategies relate to the findings from Cognitive Psychology. We are interested in semantic/pragmatic approaches as well as contrastive/typological studies and, in particular, contributions from Cognitive Psychology.
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Ulrike Hahn (School of Psycholgy, Cardiff University)
Manfred Bierwisch (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
Peter Bosch (Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück)
Carla Umbach (Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, carla.umbach 'at' uos.de)
Klaus von Heusinger (Institute of Linguistics, University of Stuttgart, Klaus.vonHeusinger 'at' ling.uni-stuttgart.de)
Manfred Bierwisch (Berlin), Peter Bosch (Osnabrück), Regine Eckardt (Göttingen), Cornelia Endriss (Osnabrück), Ulrike Hahn (Cardiff), Louise McNally (Barcelona), Rick Nouwen (Utrecht), Malte Zimmermann (Potsdam)