Workshop "The building blocks and mortar of meaning II"

                                                                        3rd to 4th November 2017

                                                     Tübingen, Brechtbau, Wilhelmstr. 50, room 215

 

Organizers

 A collaboration of


  

Invited Speakers

       Louise McNally

       Giorgos Spathas

       Carla Umbach

 

Description

The workshop will focus on the question of how conceptual knowledge (as context and world knowledge) interacts with the linguistic system. In particular, we want to address controversies that arise with regard to the structural encoding of semantic and conceptual information. Broadly speaking, one can distinguish between three approaches:

 

  1. Traditional approaches link conceptual resources neither to compositional semantics nor to syntactic configurations (see the traditional Montague grammar and approaches based on it).
  2. Conceptual-semantic approaches point to a direct influence of conceptual knowledge on the compositional meaning constitution, without directly reflecting it in the syntax (see two-level semantics as in Bierwisch 1982, Lang & Maienborn 2011, or type compositional logic as in Asher 2011).
  3. Structure-oriented approaches link conceptual-semantic knowledge to syntactic configurations (see Distributed Morphology and (Neo-)Constructional Approaches as, for instance, advanced by Borer 2005, Ramchand 2013).

 

Against this background, the workshop invites contributions which:

       - demonstrate the advantages of the respective approaches through case studies, or

       - contrast the explanatory potential of the different approaches.

 

Program

Friday, 3rd November

9:15

Coffee

9:30 - 10:30

 

 

Carla Umbach

Constraints on kind formation by similarity (Abstract)

 

10:30 - 11:30

 

 

 

 

Fabian Bross & Daniel Hole

Scope-taking strategies and the order of clausal categories in German Sign Language (Abstract)

 

commented by Fabian Schlotterbeck

 

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee

12:00 - 13:00

 

 

 

 

Daniel Hole & Katherine Fraser

Evidentiality and scalarity in argument alternations (Abstract)

 

commented by Sebastian Bücking

 

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

 

 

Louise McNally

'Figurative' uses of verbs and grammar (joint work with Alexandra Spalek) (Abstract)

 

15:00 - 16:00

 

 

 

 

Julia Lukassek

Accounting for the combinatorial options of aspectual verbs (Abstract)

 

commented by Anne Temme

 

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee

16:30 - 17:30

 

 

 

 

Frauke Buscher

(Re)interpreting verbs of sound emission as intransitive verbs of motion (Abstract)


commented by Boris Haselbach

 

18:30Dinner: "Ludwigs", Uhlandstr. 1, 72072 Tübingen

 

Saturday, 4th November

 

9:15

Coffee

9:30 - 10:30

 

 

Giorgos Spathas

Results in the decomposition of verbal predicates: evidence from additive operators (Abstract)

 

10:30 - 11:30

 

 

 

 

Tillmann Pross

On the syntax and semantics of German participles (Abstract)

 

commented by Irene Rapp

 

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee

12:00 - 13:00

 

 

 

Hans Kamp & Antje Roßdeutscher

From Roots to Riches (Abstract)

 

commented by Claudia Maienborn