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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Modelling experiencers in natural language semantics (workshop at ISLA 2014), 13-16 Jan 2014, Tezpur, INDIA


 There is a long-standing tradition of using *logical *and, more
 specifically, *model-theoretic *tools in the analysis of natural languages.
 Building on this tradition, our workshop aims at addressing one specific
 issue that has been the topic of discussion lately in the areas of formal
 semantics, applied logic, computational linguistics, and philosophy. The
 issue at stake is the notion of *experiencer*, across languages and across
 linguistic categories. For example, it is commonly assumed that in a
 sentence like "Deeti's performance astonished Raj", Raj occupies the role
 of the experiencer. One of the open questions currently under debate is
 whether this experiencer argument remains present in derived adjectives
 such as 'astonishing', as in "Deeti's performance was astonishing". Another
 open question is whether derived adjectives like 'astonishing' belong to
 the same semantic category as morpho-syntactically simple adjectives like
 'nice' or 'great', which are commonly classified under the label of
 adjectives and have elicited a heated debate in semantics and in
 philosophy. Yet another question is the role of experiencers in other
 linguistic constructions such as, e.g., *evidential markers* (which do not
 exist in English but do e.g. In Japanese). In addressing these and other
 questions concerning experiencers, our workshop aims at reaching a better
 understanding of the nature of argument structure in natural language,
 which we take to be a key element in understanding the logical patterns
 that linguistic constructions give rise to, and in modeling the logic of
 natural language. Our interdisciplinary workshop will provide a platform
 for a fruitful exchange between those working in foundational areas in
 logic and those who are interested in the applications of logic to natural

 Invited speakers:

 Eric McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
 Brendan Gillon (Mc Gill)
 Carla Umbach (Zentrum fr Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft)

 Call for papers:

 We invite abstracts for 40-minute presentations (30 + 10) to be submitted
 by *October 15* to both of the following addresses:


 Please include your name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the
 body of the e-mail. Abstracts should be anonymous and should not exceed 2
 pages in length (A4 or letter-size), in 12 pt. font, with 1-inch/2,5-cm
 margins, including examples and references. The language of the submissions
 and the presentations will be English.

 Workshop organizers*:

 Berit Gehrke (CNRS / Paris 7)
 Isidora Stojanovic (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)