[PLing] Dispositions Workshop Stuttgart CfP

C. Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum naomi.osorio at univie.ac.at
Wed Feb 25 00:00:06 CET 2015

Liebe alle,

Nachstehend Informationen über einen Workshop zum Thema Dispositions, der
vom 25. - 27. Juni im Stuttgart stattfinden soll. Achtung! Deadline für
den CfP ist der 8. März:


Mit herzlichen Grüßen,

C. Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum

 Dispositions Workshop 2015
Workshop on the Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Aspects of Dispositions

University of Stuttgart, 25 June – 27 June 2015

The goal of this workshop is to explore questions about the morpho-syntax,
semantics and underlying ontology of words and constructions used to
describe dispositions. The central aim of the workshop is to develop a
better understanding of how existing and novel insights from different
approaches to dispositions can be integrated into a single theory of
dispositions and their linguistic descriptions.

Invited Speakers:

Artemis Alexiadou (Stuttgart)

Elena Castroviejo (Madrid)

Ariel Cohen (Ben Gurion)

Bridget Copley (Paris)

Nora Boneh (Jerusalem)

Hans Kamp (Stuttgart)

Marika Lekakou (Ioannina)

John Maier (Cambridge, TBC)

Christopher Piñón (Lille)

Stephan Schmid (Berlin)

Barbara Vetter (Berlin)

Questions to be addressed by the Workshop
1. What are the truth conditions of dispositional statements?

2. How are these truth conditions determined compositionally?

3. In what ways can dispositions be linguistically expressed?

4. What are linguistic tests for dispositionality?

5. Are there distinct notions of ‘disposition’ between which a linguistic
theory of disposition description should distinguish?

6. Among the words that can be used to express dispositionality are nouns,
adjectives and verbs. What systematic connections are there between the
ways in which different parts of speech do this, in particular between
deverbal nouns and adjectives and the underlying verbs?

7. What role do temporal and aspectual sentence constituents play in the
verbal expression of dispositions?

8. How do dispositional statements differ from habitual and frequency

9. What relations are there between dispositions and causality?

10. One of the constructions that can be used to describe dispositions are
middles. (An example: the German sentence `Dieser Satz liest sich leicht’
(‘This sentence is easy to read’)). Is ‘middle’ a morpho-syntactic or a
notional concept? Where do the argument positions of
disposition-expressing middles come from? What is the syntax-semantics
interface for these constructions?

A more detailed description of the questions the workshop aims to address
can be found on the general information page

Organizers: Fabienne Martin, Marcel Pitteroff, Tillmann Pross
Funded by the Collaborative Research Center SFB 732 "Incremental
specification in Context", the Lab Structures Formelles du Langage at
CNRS/Université Paris 8 and the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt
University Berlin

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