TbiLLC 2017


From 18-22 September, Katie participated in the Twelfth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation at Lagodekhi, Georgia. In the Language session, she presented her own work, “Exploring the multi-dimensional meaning of Extra Arguments in English”. In a workshop, Transmodal Perspectives on Secondary Meaning,  she also presented new joint work with Daniel Hole, “Secondary Meanings in Argument Alternations”. The workshop included talks by Stefan Hinterwimmer, Henk Zeevat, Fabian Bross, Daniel Gutzmann, Katharina Turgay, and Lavi Wolf. Katie received insightful feedback on both projects, which will help her get further in solving the puzzle of why variations in argument structure seems to license secondary meaning in the non-base variants.


The symposium itself was wonderful: super organisation, beautiful location at the foot of the Caucausus mountains, and a great group of people. While there, Katie was able to meet many new and old friends in the linguistics and logic community (list of speakers can be found here), all while getting to know the Georgian culture and cuisine. All in all a good time!

SLE 2017


From 10-14.09, Berit and Katie participated in the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea in Zurich, Switzerland. Berit and Olga Borik organised a workshop, entitled “Participles: Form, Use and Meaning (PartFUM)“, and Katie presented a talk entitled “Extra arguments: a Multi-dimensional perspective”. The workshop was a nice mix of talks on participles and Katie’s talk in the general session went well. Being such a big conference, with many sub-disciplines of linguistics, there were many new colleagues to meet. Even with the large number of lingusits, the organisation was very good (there was an SLE app!), as was the conference dinner– complete with a linguist band and dancing linguists. Next year’s SLE will take place in Tallinn, Estonia.

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.

More information, here: https://www.danielgutzmann.com/secondary-information-de