We are very excited to let you know that the book entitled The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure: Experimental Perspectives, co-edited by Elena Castroviejo, Louise McNally and Galit W. Sassoon, and partially supported by the MEAT project, is finally out! The volume has been published in the Springer series “Language, Cognition, and Mind”, and it was inspired by the talks presented at the workshop of the same name that took place at the Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología of the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid on May 28th and 29th, 2015.
We hope you find it interesting. Don’t hesitate to spread the word!
The program of the forthcoming 41.Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, which will take place in Bremen on March 6-8, 2019, is now published. Among the Arbeitsgruppen, you can find two workshops organized by MEAT-ers!
Katie is co-organizing the Workshop “Encoding emotive attitudes in non-truth-conditional meaning” along with Curt Anderson.
Berit, Elena and Laia are co-organizing the Workshop “Concessives vs. Adversatives: Opposing opposition“.
Too bad we can’t attend each others’ workshops!!!
Don’t miss the deadlines and submit your abstracts this summer.
Elena has finished her spring tour in Konstanz, where Andrea Beltrama, María Biezma, Erlinde Meertens, Maribel Romero and Ramona Wallner from the DFG funded research unit (FOR2111) Questions at the interfaces organized the workshop “Meaning in non-canonical questions.”
Elena presented recent work on Catalan interrogative tag “eh?”, which has two pragmatic uses which have not been adressed from a formal perspective. This talk was interspersed with other presentations on various types of biased questions, modal particles in questions, prosody or scope-marking in interrogatives across languages.
Konstanz welcomed us with a summer-like weather, which permitted nice strolls along the river, by the lake and through the old town.
Elena participated in the 28th Colloquium on Generative Grammar, which took place at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Tarragona, and was organized by former colleague and friend, Isabel Oltra-Massuet (see a report from URV’s digital journal here). The conference was preceded by a workshop on argument structure from the perspective of processing, and joined various invited presenters besides the CGG’s invited speakers (Loes Koring, Alec Marantz, Jaume Mateu, Colin Phillips, Gillian Ramchand, Linnaea Stockall, Andrew Nevins and Elena Castroviejo). As always, there was a selection of papers from international researchers.
Elena presented recent research based on her collaborative work with Berit on the intensification semantics of evaluative and manner modifiers.
The nice scientific program was accompanied by a fantastic social program, including a walk through Roman Tarragona on Wednesday and a walk through Medieval Tarragona on Thursday. Moreover, the conference signed up for COSWL pop-up mentoring event for the first time in Europe. In this event, senior women linguists spend some time with junior women linguists adressing questions, fears and sharing experiences. In fact, there will be another pop-up mentoring event at Sinn und Bedeutung 23 in Barcelona, so if you are not familiar with this program, don’t miss the chance and sign in!
On May 4 and 5, 2018, took place at the Uni Wien the “Workshop on Catalan Syntax and its interfaces”, organized by Anna Kocher and Monja Burkard, from the Institut für Romanistik. They brought together the following invited speakers: Jorge Vega Vilanova (U. Hamburg), Gemma Rigau (CLT/UAB), Elisabeth Aßmann (U. Frankfurt), Xavier Villalba (CLT/UAB), Jonas Grünke (U. Mainz), Ingo Feldhausen (U. Frankfurt) and Elena.
The organizers excelled at creating a dynamic as well as relaxed atmosphere that gave rise to fruitful interactions. Topics included clitics, DOM, agreement, strong pronouns and the role of prosody in focus. Elena was very pleased to present her ongoing work on interrogative tags in Catalan in front of such a suitable audience. Interestingly, the North-Eastern Catalan speakers do not have oi? in their inventory of tags, so the distinction between oi? was inexistent in them. By contrast, speakers of the Barcelona dialect seemed to agree with the proposed contrast.
Elena had the chance to hang out with Europe’s finest syntacticians at GLOW 41 in Budapest, including HiTT colleagues Alejo Alcaraz, Laura Vela-Plo, Aritz Irurtzun, Ricardo Etxepare and Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria. In fact, she presented at the Sem Workshop on The grammar and pragmatics of interrogatives and their (special) uses, organized by Hans-Martin Gärtner and Beáta Gyuris, where she discussed recent ongoing work on the distribution and interpretation of two Catalan tags (oi? and eh?), which a priori have the same discourse contribution. The invited speaker was Manfred Krifka, who gave us an update on his Commitment Space Semantics. Some of the crowd at the workshop will meet up again at the Konstanz workshop Meaning in Non-Canonical Questions.
On January 9-12, Laia, Katie and Elena attended the Winter School organized by the “Meaning and Grammar” network (SigGram, Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Ref. FFI2016-81750-REDT, PI: M.Teresa Espinal) and hosted at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona. We had three great lecturers, Klaus von Heusinger (U. Köln), who gave a crash course on information structure, Elizabeth Coppok (Boston U.), who explained her work on determinacy and definiteness, and Peter Sutton (U. Düsseldorf), who taught about vagueness and polysemy. It was a nice opportunity to mingle with junior and senior researchers in syntax-semantics-pragmatics, and to hear the newest thoughts on the topics.
This activity, which was locally organized by Laia at the UPF, will be followed by yet another event organized by SigGram, namely Sinn und Bedeutung 23, hosted by the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The deadline for abstract submission is March 12th. Save the date!