[PLing] Talk by Marcin Wągiel, 24/4

Enrico Flor enrico.flor at univie.ac.at
Sat Apr 14 11:31:08 CEST 2018

Dear everyone,

we'd like to invite you to a talk by Marcin Wągiel (Masaryk University
in Brno) that will be given on Tuesday 24.04 at 16:45-18:15 in the
Seminarraum II (NOT Seminarraum 2!!) in the German Studies Department
(University's main building, Schottentor). At the following link you can
find a detailed plan of the building that can help you find the room, in
case you have never been there (or you have no clue despite having been
there before): http://www.wegweiser.ac.at/univie/hoersaal/98.html

The title of the talk is: "Subatomic quantification in natural
language". See below for the abstract.

Enrico Flor [and Nina Haslinger, Eva Rosina, Magdalena Roszkowski, Viola

ABSTRACT: "In standard lattice-theoretic approaches to natural language
(e.g., Link 1983,
Landman 2000, Champollion 2017) singularities and pluralities are
presumed to
involve distinct mereologies and it is commonly supposed that
expressions do not access subatomic part-whole relations. In this paper, I
explore three hypotheses regarding natural language semantics: i) natural
language is sensitive to topological relations holding between parts of
singularities (cf. Grimm 2012), ii) there are general counting rules that
presuppose such relations, and iii) quantification over parts is subject to
identical restrictions as quantification over wholes. The evidence comes
the interaction between cardinal numerals and partitives involving irregular
plurals in Italian as well as distinct classes of Polish `half' words
and from
the quantificational behavior of multipliers such as English `double'."
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