Formal Semantics and Cross-Linguistic Data
Lecturer(s):Joost Zwarts (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS) and Helen de Hoop (General Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Section:Logic and Language
Time: 17.00-18.30 (Slot 4)
Room:EM 1.82


Most formal semantic and pragmatic work is done on (Indo) European
languages, especially English. Only a small, but growing, number of
formal semanticists are involved in descriptive and typological
involving languages from other continents and some promising work has
already been done on topics such as quantification, number, tense,
aspect, and modality. We think it is of utmost importance for the
development of formal semantic and pragmatic theories to broaden the
empirical database. In this way, linguistic typology can provide us with
new perspective on semantic and pragmatic analyses, while in addition
formal accounts can offer more precise criteria for a proper treatment of
semantic and pragmatic variation. For this workshop, we solicit original
contributions that either apply formal semantics-pragmatics in the
analysis of lesser-studied languages or in which theory formation
crucially draws on data from such languages or comparison between

Martina Faller (invited), Reciprocity in Cusco Quechua
Donka Farkas/Henriette de Swart (invited), The Generic Article
Nikki Adams, Quantification and partitivity in Zulu
Kata Balogh, 'Only' and Exhaustivity in Hungarian: Wh-Questions
and Focusation of Answers
Berit Gehrke, The prepositional aspect of Slavic prefixes and the
goal-source asymmetry
Marcus Kracht & Marcus Smith, On sequence of location and direction
Lisa Matthewson, Hotze Rullmann & Henry Davis, On the organization of
mood/modality systems
Olav Mueller-Reichau, A kinds-based DRT approach to the semantics of
articles across languages
Gerhard Schaden, Different kinds of since-adverbials
Sergei Tatevosov, Verbal attenuatives and degree modification


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