Talking about ‘good’ in a workshop on subjectivity

poster-the-lexicon-of-subjectivity On Tuesday, June 13th, Berit and Elena presented their latest ideas on the meaning of subsective good. This was in the frame of the workshop “The Lexicon of Subjectivity“, organized by colleague Dan Zeman, at the UPV/EHU.

The other presenters in this one-day workshop were John Collins (East Anglia), Lisa Bylinina (Leiden), Hazel Pearson (Queen Mary), Carla Umbach (ZAS) and Sara Packalén (Stockholm).


Nominalizations in Fribourg

Zoltan Zato presented a talk entitled “Degrees and entities in the nominal domain” in the 7e Journées d’Etudes sur les Nominalisations (Jenom7), which was held in the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) on June 1-2, 2017.

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The workshop brought together crosslinguistic works on nominalizations from different perspectives, including topics in syntax, morphology, and semantics.

Zoltan’s talk foccused on the semantics of three Spanish structures involving gradability and their contribution regarding the ontology of semantic objects.

First time in Delaware at LSRL!

Laia and Elena presented the paper “Echoic Contrastive Conditionals in Spanish” at the 47th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, which was held at the University of Delaware in Newark.


It was the first time we discussed echoic contrastive conditionals in a conference and we had valuable feedback from other researchers interested in contrastive topic and scalar implicature. The atmosphere was very friendly and laid back, and the organization was perfect. Next time, LSRL meets in Toronto.

Back to the DGfS, this time in Saarbrücken

Berit and Elena were back at the annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), which, this time, took place at the Universität des Saarlandes, in Saarbrücken. We presented our latest developments on the semantics of intensifying BON in front of the nice audience of the Arbeitsgruppe entitled “Sekundäre Information und ihre sprachliche Kodierung” (Secondary information and its linguistic encoding), organized by Daniel Gutzmann and Katharina Turgay. The invited speakers were Judith Tonhauser and Robert Henderson.


While we were supposed to tell how the positive polarity behavior of intensifying BON had to do with incompatibilities between meanings expressed at different dimensions, we realized that it had to do with the uni-dimensionality requirement on the intensifying meaning delivered by BON.

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Berit and Elena had a paper accepted at Going Romance 2016, which was held in Frankfurt am Main, in the impressive Westend Campus of the Goethe Universität-Frankfurt am Main. The talk, entitled “From a subsective evaluative adjective to an intensifier. The case of ‘good'”, was an analysis of the intensifying values of good in Catalan and Spanish. We received interesting comments regarding potential cross-linguistic comparisons and ways of polishing the proposal. The invited speakers were Ana Maria Martins, Antonella Sorace and Pierre Larrivée. Great atmosphere and organization (despite the hideous weather).

Word meaning workshop

20161103_184701On November 2 and 3, 2016, Zoltan and Elena were lucky enough to attend the workshop ‘Word meaning: Interdisciplinary Themes‘, organized by Ikerbasque Professor Agustín Vicente and his group of researchers (Marina Ortega, Begoña Vicente and Dan Zeman). This event, held at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz, gathered topnotch linguists, philosophers, and psychologists (see here) to discuss how rich the meaning of words is and how to account for the lack of a one-to-one mapping between lexical items and meanings.