LINGUIST List 21.4466

Sun Nov 07 2010

Confs: Semantics, Syntax, Typology/USA

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        1.     Michael Erlewine , MIT Workshop on Comparatives

Message 1: MIT Workshop on Comparatives
Date: 07-Nov-2010
From: Michael Erlewine <>
Subject: MIT Workshop on Comparatives
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MIT Workshop on Comparatives

Date: 13-Nov-2010 - 14-Nov-2010 Location: Cambridge, MA, USA Contact: Michael Erlewine Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Meeting Description:

Recent crosslinguistic studies of comparative constructions such as Beck, Oda, and Sugisaki (2004) and Kennedy (2007) among others have not only broadened our understanding of how natural language expresses comparison, but also raised theoretical issues of how languages can differ both semantically and syntactically in what types of comparison can be expressed in what forms. The aim of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for linguists in the Cambridge area (and beyond) who are interested in this topic to share their recent findings and discuss their implications on the crosslinguistic typology of comparative constructions.

November 13 (Saturday)

10:00-11:00 The Derivation and Distribution of than-Clauses Invited speaker: Rajesh Bhatt (UMass Amherst), presenting joint work with Shoichi Takahashi 11:00-11:45 The Most You'd Ever Want To Hear About Superlatives and NPIs Edwin Howard (MIT) 11:45-12:30 Surface Syntax and Semantics: A Transparent Account of French Comparatives Patrick Rich (Harvard) 2:00-2:45 A Conceptual Analysis of Degrees and its Implications on Comparatives Yuncheng Zhou (MIT) 2:45-3:30 Independent Dependency in the Mandarin bi Comparative Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (MIT) 4:00-4:45 The Bare Comparative in Chinese Louis Liu (Harvard) 4:45-5:45 'Incomplete' Comparatives (no comparative marker or no standard phrase) Invited speaker: Roger Schwarzchild (Rutgers)

November 14 (Sunday)

10:00-11:00 Epistemic Wa and Negative Islands in Japanese Invited speakers: Bernhard Schwarz and Junko Shimoyama (McGill) 11:00-11:45 Splitting POS: Evidence from Navajo for Two POS Morphemes Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten (UMass Amherst) 11:45-12:30 Locational Comparatives Junya Nomura (MIT) 2:00-2:45 Plural Comparison and Collective Predication Greg Scontras (Harvard), Peter Graff (MIT), and Noah D. Goodman (Stanford) 2:45-3:30 Subset Comparatives: A Psycholinguistic Investigation Meg Grant (UMass Amherst)

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