Sinn und Bedeutung 22

Organizer(s) Manfred Krifka, Guillermo Del Pinal, Uli Sauerland, Stephanie Solt, Mira Grubic & Malte Zimmermann
Affiliaton(s) ZAS Berlin, Universität Potsdam
Start of event 07.09.2017, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 10.09.2017, 18.00 o'clock
Venue Campus Griebnitzsee of the University of Potsdam, ZAS Berlin
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Sinn und Bedeutung 22 is hosted by the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) Berlin and the Linguistics Department of the University of Potsdam. There is a pre-event workshop “Microvariation in Semantics” and a special session “Semantics and Natural Logic“.

Invited Speakers:

Amy Rose Deal (University of California, Berkeley)
Danny Fox (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Philippe Schlenker (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris/New York University)

Invited Speakers (special session):

Márta Abrusán (IRIT Toulouse / CNRS)
Hannes Leitgeb (LMU Munich)


9:30- 17:30 Satelite event “Microvariation in Semantics
18:00-20:00 Warming up
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH – U Potsdam/Griebnitzsee
8:30-9:15 Registration opens
9:15-9:30 Welcome
9:30-10:45 Invited Talk – Philippe Schlenker:
Why Gesture Semantics?
10:45-11:10 Poster lightning talks (6-7)
11:10-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:15 Sascha Alexeyenko
Quantification in event semantics: Generalized quantifiers vs. sub-events
Luisa Martí
Inclusive plurals and the theory of number
Jérémy Zehr and Florian Schwarz
Returning to non-entailed presuppositions again
12:20-13:05 Sebastian Buecking
Painting cows from a type-logical perspective
Yağmur Sağ
The Semantics of numeral constructions in Turkish
Woojin Chung
Context updates in head-final languages: Linear order or hierarchy?
13:05-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:00 Curt Anderson and Sebastian Löbner
Roles and the lexical semantics of role-denoting relational adjectives
Saskia Brockmann, Sara McConnell, Valentine Haquard and Jeffrey Lidz
Children’s comprehension of pronouns and definites. Are children sensitive to contextual requirements?
Tom Roberts
The selectional restrictions of responsive predicates in Estonian
15:05-15:50 Sarah Zobel
Capturing the interpretational possibilities of weak free adjuncts
Mojmír Dočekal and Jakub Dotlačil
Strong NPIs vs. n-words: acceptability experiment in Czech
Bernhard Schwarz and Alexandra Simonenko
Decomposing universal projection in questions
15:50-16:30 Coffee break and poster preview
16:30-17:15 Poster lightning talks (9-10)
17:15-18:30 Invited talk – Amy Rose Deal:
Shifty asymmetries: universals and variation in shifty indexicalitySlides
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH – U Potsdam/Griebnitzsee
9:30-10:45 Invited talk – Danny Fox:
Exhaustivity and the Presupposition of Questions
10:45-11:10 Poster lightning talks (6-7)
11:10-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:15 M. Ryan Bochnak and Martina Martinović
Event-relative modality: The case of Wolof imperfective di
Pranav Anand and Natasha Korotkova
Acquaintance content and obviation
Pritty Patel-Grosz, Patrick Georg Grosz, Tejaswinee Kelkar and Alexander Refsum Jensenius
Coreference and disjoint reference in the semantics of narrative dance
12:20-13:05 Sihwei Chen
A split temporal system in Atayal
Petr Kusliy and Ekaterina Vostrikova
Hard cases of third readings in terms of the standard solution
Masha Esipova
Focus on what’s not at issue: Gestures, presuppositions, supplements under contrastive focus
13:05-14:15 Lunch
14:15-16:00 Poster session (with coffee at the end)
16:00-16:45 Carina Kauf
An analysis of counteridenticals in terms of dream reports
Jon Ander Mendia
Some kind of relative clause
Chao Sun and Richard Breheny
Shared mechanism underlying non-embedded and embedded enrichments: Evidence from enrichment priming
16:50-17:35 Michael Deigan
Counterfactual donkeys don’t get high
Radek Šimík
Ever free relatives as dependent definites: A cross-linguistic perspective
Agata Renans, Jacopo Romoli, Maria-Margarita Makri, Lyn Tieu, Hanna de Vries, Raffaella Folli and George Tsoulas
Abundance inferences are scalar implicatures: Evidence from child and adult Greek
17:40-18:25 Katrin Schulz
The similarity approach fights back
Claudia Poschmann
Embedding non-restrictive relative clauses
Anton Benz, Carla Bombi Ferrer and Nicole Gotzner
Scalar diversity and negative strengthening



 19:00-23:00 Dinner on boat
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH – U Potsdam/Griebnitzsee
10:00-10:45 Business meeting
10:45-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:55 Fabienne Martin
Necessary and sufficient conditions in lexical causative verbs
Itai Bassi and Ezer Rasin
Intensional-functional relative clauses with syntactic reconstruction
Hiroaki Saito and Adrian Stegovec
The pa/wa of imperative alternatives
12:00-12:45 Ralf Naumann, Wiebke Petersen and Thomas Gamerschlag
Underspecified changes: A dynamic, probabilistic frame theory for verbs
Ethan Poole
Constraining (shifting) types at the interface
Ryan Walter Smith and Ryoichiro Kobayashi
Alternating conj/disjunctions: The case of Japanese –tokaand –tari
12:50-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Pranav Anand and Maziar Toosarvandani
No explanation for the historical present: Temporal sequencing and discourse
Yosef Grodzinsky, Galit Agmon, Kedem Snir, Isabelle Deschamps and Yonatan Loewenstein
The analysis of less-comparatives: Evidence from the processing cost of downward entailingness
Diti Bhadra, Haoze Li and Jess H.-K. Law
Questioning speech acts
14:50-15:35 Peter Klecha
A formal pragmatic account of double access
Qiongpeng Luo and Zhiguo Xie
Degrees as nominalized properties: Evidence from differential verbal comparatives in Mandarin
Andrea Beltrama, Erlinde Meertens and Maribel Romero
Decomposing cornering effects: An Experimental Study
15:35-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:15 Invited talk – Louise McNally:
Distributional semantics and linguistic research 
17:15-17:30 Farewell
Special Session “Semantics and Natural Logic”


The poster session will take place on Friday afternoon at 14:15-16:00. On Thursday and Friday morning there will be 3-minute ‘lightning talks’ by the poster presenters. Below you can find the schedule for the lightning talks and the abstracts for the posters.

Thursday 7th 10:45-11:10
Muriel Assmann, Daniel Büring and Izabela Jordanoska    Focus constraints on ellipsis — An unalternatives account
Till Poppels and Andrew Kehler    Verb Phrase ellipsis is discourse reference: novel evidence from dialogue
A. Marlijn Meijer    The pragmatics of embedded propositional proforms: embedding it, that and the NCA
Poschmann Claudia, Sascha Bargmann, Christopher Götze, Anke Holler, Manfred Sailer, Gert Webelhuth and T.E. Zimmermann    Split-antecedent relative clauses and the symmetry of predicates
Mora Maldonado    Strong plurals in Spanish interrogatives
Dorothy Ahn    Definite marking in bare argument languages

Thursday 7th 16:30-17:15
Anton Benz, Lisa Raithel and Nicole Gotzner    Embedded implicature: What can be left unsaid?
Frances Kane, Alexandre Cremers, Lyn Tieu, Lynda Kennedy, Yasutada Sudo, Raffaella Folli and Jacopo Romoli    Testing theories of temporal inferences: Evidence from child language
Vincent Rouillard and Bernhard Schwarz    Presuppositional implicatures: quantity or maximize presupposition?
Ava Creemers, Jérémy Zehr and Florian Schwarz    Interpreting presuppositions in the scope of quantifiers: every vs. at least one
Corien Bary, Daniel Altshuler, Kristen Syrett and Peter de Swart    
Factors licensing embedded present tense in speech reports
Maria Del Mar Bassa Vanrell    Variation in the logic of durativity of ‘until’-like particles: A contrastive analysis of English and Spanish
Stefan Hinterwimmer and Cornelia Ebert    A comparison of the modal particles fei and aber
Sunwoo Jeong    QUD effects on Epistemic Containment Principle: An experimental study
Virginia Dawson    A new type of epistemic indefinite
Despina Oikonomou    Imperatives: How minimal are they?

Friday 8th 10:45-11:10
Elsi Kaiser, Justin Nichols and Catherine Wang    Choosing who to agree with: A psycholinguistic investigation of agreement mismatches
Nattanun Chanchaochai    On acquiring a complex personal reference system: Experimental results from Thai children with autism
Melania S. Masià    Extreme nouns and maximizers
Linmin Zhang    The semantics of sufficiency and excess
Gabriel Martinez Vera    On competing degree morphemes in derived verbs of change in Southern Aymara
Frank Sode    Modal subjects of preference comparatives as an exception to Percus’ Generalization X
Andrea Beltrama    Subjective assertions are weak: an experimental study on perspective-dependent meaning.