7th Colloquium 'Semantics and Philosophy in Europe' (SPE7)

Organisator(en) Anton Benz, Manfred Krifka, Friederike Moltmann, Tobias Rosefeldt, Stephanie Solt, Isidora Stojanovic, Carla Umbach & Thomas Ede Zimmermann
Institution(en) ZAS Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Veranstaltungsbeginn 26.06.2014, 09.00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsende 28.06.2014, 18.00 Uhr
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SPE 7 will be hosted by the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin in cooperation with Institut für Philosophie and Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik at Humboldt University Berlin.

Invited speakers:

The purpose of the Semantics and Philosophy in Europe colloquia is to provide a forum for presenting research in the interface between linguistic semantics and various areas of philosophy (philosophy of language, philosophy of mind/cognition, metaphysics etc.). Previous SPE meetings have taken place place in Paris (SPE1, 2008 and SPE3, 2010), London (SPE2, 2009), Bochum (SPE4, 2011), Turin (SPE5, 2012) and St.Peterburg (SPE6, 2013). In addition to the general session, SPE 7 will feature two special sessions:

  • Conceptual structures and truth-conditional semantics
  • Attitudes towards questions

Two preconference tutorials will be offered:



  3rd floor, room 308 4th floor, room 403
Wednesday, 25. June 2014
11.00 -- 13.00 Tutorial 1
Manfred Krifka (ZAS) 
Questions: from embedded clauses to speech acts
Tutorial 2
Friederike Moltmann (CNRS), Carla Umbach (ZAS)
Evaluative predicates
14.30 -- 16.30
Thursday, 26. June 2014
9.15 Welcome  
9.30 Plenary talk: Galit Sassoon (Bar Ilan University)
Breaking myths about similarity
10.30 Antje Rossdeutscher, Tillmann Pross
Measuring out the relation between conceptual structures and
truth-conditional semantics
Lorenzo Rossi
Adding a conditional to Kripke’s theory of truth
11.15 Coffee break
11.35 Sebastian Bücking, Frauke Buscher
How do compositional semantics and conceptual structures 
interact? A case-study on mental attitude adverbials
Katharina Felka
Presuppositions and Truth-Value Intuitions
12.20 Michael Glanzberg
Concepts and Composition in the Lexicon
Jan Wislicki
Expressing the meaning of quotation
13.05 Lunch break
14.30 Claudia Maienborn, Johanna Herdtfelder
Composition, Coercion and the Lexicon: Deriving Eventive and
Stative Readings of Causal Modifiers in Copula Sentences
Dolf Rami, Wilfried Keller
A Uniform Analysis of Incomplete and
Referential Definite Descriptions
15.15 Peter Sutton
Probabilistic Prototypes and Compositionality
Peter Fritz
Counterfactuals and Contingently Existing Propositions
16.00 Coffee break
16.20 Plenary talk: Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University)
Lexical semantics based on conceptual spaces
17.20   Poster Session (plus drinks and snacks)
Friday, 27. June 2014
9.30 Plenary talk: Maria Aloni (University of Amsterdam)
On concealed questions and specificational subjects
10.30 Maria Biezma, Kyle Rawlins
Bundling questions and granularity in discourse
Eva Poortman
Boolean "and" and Non-Boolean "and":
Resolving Vagueness of Plural Predication
11.15 Coffee break
11.35 Ivano Ciardelli
Question meaning = resolution conditions
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin
The Homogeneity Constraint on Plural Quantifiers
12.20 Robert Matthews
Intellectualism, Competence, and Knowledge
Manuel Križ, Emmanuel Chemla
Finding Gaps
13.05 Lunch break
14.30 Barbara Vetter, Emanuel Viebahn
How many meanings for 'may'? The case for modal polysemy
Daniel Tiskin
De Se, Transparent Readings and the Structure of Pronouns
15.15 Martin Aher
A New Twist to the Miners Puzzle
Corien Bary and Daniel Altshuler
Double access and acquaintance
16.00 Coffee break
16.20 Andy Yu
Epistemic modals under disjunction
Brendan Balcerak Jackson
Linguistic Solutions to Philosophical Problems?
17.20 - 18.20 Plenary talk: Jane Friedman (New York University)
20.00 Conference dinner (Vabrique, Ritterstrasse 12-14, 10969 Berlin)
Saturday, 28. June 2014
9.30 Plenary talk: Rick Nouwen (Utrecht University)
On the blooming descriptive content of (some) expressives
10.30 Cornelia Ebert, Christian Ebert
Gestures, demonstratives, and the attributive/referential distinction
Matthijs Westera
Giving conversational implicatures the status they need
and deserve
11.15 Coffee break
11.35 Philippe Schlenker
Natural Logic with Iconicity
Jessica Pepp
Puzzles, data, and theory: a case study
12.20 - 13.20 Plenary talk: Jason Stanley (Yale University)
Subordinating Speech and Linguistic Context

Javier González de Prado Salas Defeasibility as a source of semantic context-dependence
Bridget Copley and Phillip Wolff Using theories of causation to model non-culmination and agency
Peter Ridley Travis on Reference, Speakers and Semantics
Manuel Križ Conditionals, Monotonicity, and Definite Descriptions
Tillmann Pross On the natural language metaphysics of dispositions
Uli Sauerland Making Fuzzy Logic Work for Language
Alexander Dinges Problems for Epistemic Relativism: The Case of Testimony
Rachel Szekely Linguistic reflexes of ontological dependence relations
Justyna Grudzinska,
Marek Zawadowski
Generalized Quantifiers on Dependent Types: A System for Anaphora
Hans-Martin Gärtner Infinitival Interrogatives and Conjecture Predicates


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