Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context, and Models

FYI

6th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication:
Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context, and Models,
University of Latvia, Riga, April 23-25.

Registration is open:
http://www.lu.lv/eng/research/conferences/2010/symp/
The tuition fee (including all conference materials, lunches and coffee breaks during the
conference) 55 Lats have to be paid upon arrival.

Program

6th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication
Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context, and Models

23-25 April 2010, Riga, Latvia.
University of Latvia, Raina boulevard 19

Program

FRIDAY
APRIL 23

9:15-10:00 Registration (Aula Magna)

10:00-10:30 Opening (Aula Magna)

10.30-11.30

Public Opening Keynote Lecture

Formal semantics and pragmatics: Origins, issues, impact.
Barbara H. Partee
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA)

11 30 – 12 30 Lunch

Parallel Sessions (23.04.2010)
12 30 -14 30
Room 1

Chair: Christopher Potts (Stanford University, USA)

Jeroen Groenendijk (ILLC/Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Floris Roelofsen (Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA)
Radical inquisitive semantics

Kristina Liefke (Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science,Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
Single-Type Semantics

Matthias Gerner (Department of Chinese, Translation & Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Compositionality Proofs for Attitudinal Speech Acts

Room 4

Chair: Linda Apse (CCSS, University of Latvia)

Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
Conditionals as Illocutionary Operators

Gunnar Björnsson, Alexander Almér (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
The pragmatics of insensitive assessments

Anna Chernilovskaya (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Exclamatives have a question semantics!

14.30-14.45 Coffee Break

14.45-16.45

Room 1

Chair: Thomas Ede Zimmermann (University of Frankfurt, Germany)

Marta Abrusan (University of Oxford, UK)
Triggering Verbal Presuppositions

Elizaveta Bylinina (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
‘Gradable individuals’ and the complexity of scale structure

Olga Kagan (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
A Scalar Approach to Slavic Verbal Prefixes

Room 4

Chair: Ken Turner (University of Brighton, UK)

Itamar Francez (University of Chicago, USA)
Implicit content and chimeric conditionals

Nicholas Allott (Center for the Study of Mind in Nature at University of Oslo, Norway),
Hiroyuki Uchida (Human level intelligence laboratory at Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Natural Language Indicative Conditionals Are Classical

Dan Zeman (LOGOS – Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Relativism and Binding: The Variadic Functions Approach

16.45-17.15 Coffee Break

17 15 -19 15

Room 1

Chair: Anna Szabolcsi (New York University, USA)

Michael Hegarty (Louisiana State University, USA)
Attitudes, Anaphora and Neg-Raising in Modalized Dynamic Semantics

Mailin Antomo (Seminar für Deutsche Philologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen,
Germany)
Anaphoric adverbials

Room 4

Chair: Jaroslav Peregrin (Czech Academy of Sciences/University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic)

Wiebke Petersen und Tanja Osswald (University of Düsseldorf, Germany)
A Formal Interpretation of Frame Composition

Misha Knyazev (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)
Whether that-clauses can denote events

Lucas Champollion (University of Pennsylvania and at the Palo Alto Research Center, USA).
Quantification in event semantics

SATURDAY
24.04.2010

All sessions to take place in the Small Aula
of the Main Building

PLENARY SESSIONS

Chair: Michael Glanzberg (University of California at Davis, USA)

9 00-10 00
Philippe Schlenker (Institute Jean-Nicod, France/ Linguistics, New York University, USA)
The Semantics of Pronouns: Insights from Sign Language

10 00 – 11 00
Martin Stokhof (ILLC/Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Abstractions and Idealisations: The Construction of Modern Linguistics

11 00 -12 00
Thomas Ede Zimmermann (Institute for Cognitive Linguistics, University of Frankfurt, Germany)
Remarks on Propositionalism

12.00-13.00 Lunch

Chair: Ken Turner (University of Brighton, UK)

13.00-14.00
Christopher Potts (Linguistics, Stanford University, USA)
(Joint work with Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Scott Grimm, and Christopher Manning)
Uncertainty in indirect answers

14.00-15.00
Dag Westerståhl (Philosophy, University of Göteborg, Sweden)
Compositionality and context dependence

15.00-16.00
Anna Szabolcsi (New York University, USA)
Certain Verbs Are Syntactically Explicit Quantifiers

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

Chair: Martin Stokhof (ILLC/Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

15.30-16.30
Nirit Kadmon and Aldo Sevi (Linguistics, University of Tel Aviv, Israel)
Without ‘Focus’

16 30 – 17 30
Jeff Pelletier (Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Alberta, Canada)
Some More Thoughts on the Semantics and Ontology of Mass and Count Nouns

19 30 Conference dinner

SUNDAY
25.04.2010

All sessions to take place in the Small Aula
of the Main Building

PLENARY SESSIONS

Chair: Barbara H. Partee (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA)

9 00 – 10 00
Kai von Fintel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) & Anthony S. Gillies (Rutgers University, USA)
Conditionals in discourse

10.00-11.00
Maribel Romero (University of Konstanz, Germany)
On Modal Superlatives

11 00 – 12 00
Paul Dekker (ILLC/Department of Philosophy, Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Jigsaw Semantics, or:
Dynamic Semantics Put Together Again.

12.00-13.00 Lunch

Chair: Jeff Pelletier (Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Alberta, Canada)

13 00 – 14 00
Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University/Leiden University)
Counting, measuring and the semantics of classifiers

14 00 – 15 00
Jaroslav Peregrin (Czech Academy of Sciences/University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic)
Past & Future of Meaning

15 00 – 15 30 Coffee break

Chair: Kai von Fintel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

15 30 – 16 30
Fred Landman (Linguistics, University of Tel Aviv, Israel)
An almost (but not quite) naïve theory of comparatives.

Conference Closing Keynote

16 30 – 17 30
Michael Glanzberg (University of California at Davis, USA)
How much of argument structure is determined by meaning? Philosophy of
language meets the syntax-lexical semantics interface.

Further information: jurgis.skilters@lu.lv or jurgisskilters@gmail.com

Official websites of the symposium:
http://cognition.lu.lv/symp/6-call.html
http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/1053/

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