Invited Speaker: Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia)

March 31, 2020,
Dorotheenstraße 24, North Wing, Floor 2, Room 1.103

Organizers: Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin) and Wataru Uegaki (University of Edinburgh)

08.45 – 09.00 Check In (Registration is possible online only)
09.00 – 09.45 Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen)
What forbids existential deontic modal PPIs? (abstract)
09.45 – 10.30 Julie Goncharov (University of Tromsø)
Language and intentions (abstract)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.45 Paloma Jeretič (New York University)
Modal strengthening in Ecuadorian Siona (abstract)
11.45 – 12.30 Maša Močnik & Rafael Abramovitz (MIT)
Variable-force variable-flavor attitude verb in Koryak (abstract)
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.45 Lukas Rieser (Yamagata University)
Expectation management by epistemic particles (abstract)
14.45 – 15.30 Natasha Korotkova (University of Konstanz / University of Tübingen)
The subjective heart of evidentiality (abstract)
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 16.45 Mira Grubic (University of Potsdam) & Anne Mucha (Leibniz-Institute for the German Language, Mannheim)
Decomposing necessity: The Hausa exclusive particle ‘sai’ as a window into the building blocks of modal meaning (abstract)
16.45 – 16.50 Lightning Talk (Alternate Talk):
Jan Wiślicki (University of Warsaw)
Modality for mixed quotation (abstract)
16.50 – 18.05 Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia)
Universal constraints on modal flavour: The evidence so far (abstract)

Call for Papers

Human languages across the world exhibit a wide range of variation in their grammatical properties. But, is there any limit to such variation? Do languages share any significant common properties? The search for properties holding across languages, or language universals, is a fundamental goal in linguistics, as it offers a window into our shared linguistic ability as a human kind.  Meanings of single words, or lexical semantics, is one area in which the research on language universals has been highly successful, for example in work on quantificational expressions, pronominals, and on color terms.

The GLOW workshop extends the research on lexical-semantic universals into an uncultivated domain: the modal and attitudinal domain. These words include modal auxiliaries (e.g., “may”/”must”), attitudinal verbs (“believe”/”know”), and modal particles such as ”hoor” and ”wel” in Dutch. Although these items have been extensively studied in particular languages, cross-linguistic universals concerning their meanings have been rarely investigated, due to the scarcity of theoretical frameworks that enable feasible universal constraints capturing their semantic intricacies.  The workshop aims to provide an impetus to bring forward work on semantic universals in the modal and attitudinal domain. 

Please submit abstracts via the Workshop’s EasyChair page no later than November 1st, 2019, 23:59 Berlin time.

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