Talk by Britta Stolterfoht (University of Tübingen), Thursday 16th 4-6 pm

We are happy to announce the first talk of this decade by Britta Stolterfoht (University of Tübingen) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below. Title: Processing Temporality: Position, Tense & Aspect Room: IG 4.301 Date: January 16th Time: 4pm - 6pm Processing Temporality: Position, Tense & Aspect Britta Stolterfoht (University of Tübingen) The study I will present investigates the interaction of tense, aspect and syntactic position of temporal adverbials in the interpretation of sentences that are ambiguous with regard to their temporal interpretation. Sentences with specific time-frame adverbials in German and English (e.g., in three hours”; see example in (1)) are ambiguous between a durative reading, given in (1a), in which the event takes place in the time interval specified by the adverbial, and an inceptive reading, given in (1b), in which the event will start after this time interval. A series of experiments on German showed that the syntactic position of a temporal adverbial as well as verbal tense influences sentence...
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Talk by Kristina Liefke – Thursday 12th 4-6 pm

We are happy to announce a talk by Kristina Liefke  (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below. Title: Single-Type Semantics and Depiction Reports (joint work with Markus Werning, Bochum) Room: IG 4.301 Date: December 12th Time: 4pm - 6pm Abstract: In this talk, we show that single-type semantics (see Liefke and Werning, 2018) provides a compositional semantics for physical and mental depiction reports (e.g. 'Paul is painting a penguin', 'Uli is imagining a unicorn') that improves upon Montague-style semantics (see Moltmann, 1997) and property-based semantics for such reports (see Zimmermann, 2016; cf. Zimmermann, 1993). In particular, single-type semantics accounts for missing de dicto-readings of depiction reports with a strong quantificational object DP, blocks unwarranted inferences to a common objective, and captures the semantic interaction of DPs and CPs in depiction complements. The semantics also makes a number of plausible predictions about the role of context in the interpretation of depiction complements and the subjectivity of depicted contents.  ...
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Talk by Ahmad Al-Bitar, Thursday 5th 4-6 pm

We are happy to announce a talk by Ahmad Al-Bitar  (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below. Title: An in situ account for (Syrian Arabic) superlatives? Room: IG 4.301 Date: December 5th Time: 4pm - 6pm Abstract: The sentence in (1) is given by Heim (1999, p. 7) and shown to have a reading that is problematic for any "in situ" analysis of the superlative. (1) John wants to climb the highest mountain. In addition to the absolute and relative readings, a third reading (called the "upstairs de dicto reading" by  Sharvit & Stateva (2000)), could be available for the superlative in (1). As Heim suggests, one can think of a survey conducted about "How high a mountain do you want to climb?". John says "I want to climb a mountain that is 6,000 m high"; Mary says "I want to climb a mountain that is 4,000 m high" and Bill says "I just want to climb a mountain that is 1,000...
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Talk by Frank Sode, Thursday – November 28th, 4-6 PM

We are happy to announce a talk by Frank Sode. Please find an abstract below. Title: "Gut" as a predicate of worlds Room: IG 4.301 Date: November 28 Time: 4pm - 6pm Abstract: In this talk I discuss the meaning of the evaluative adjective "gut" when combined with finite "dass" ('that')- and "wenn" ('if')-clauses as in (1). (1)    a. Es ist       gut,  dass du   gehst.             It be.IND good that  you go.IND         b. Es ist       gut,   wenn du   gehst.             It be.IND good if        you go.IND         c. Es wäre     gut,   wenn du   gehen würdest.             It  be.SUBJ good if        you go      will.SUBJ The focus of this talk will be on the rules of use of these sentences against a given conversational background and how they can be derived from a semantics for "wenn"/"dass" and IND/SUBJ under the assumption that "gut" is a 'regular' gradable adjective - with a twist: It takes a world argument in its subject position....
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Talk by Jonathan Weinrich, Thursday – November 21th, 4-6 PM

We are happy to announce a talk by Jonathan Weinrich (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below. Title: Towards the Correct Pragmatic Treatment of Iconic Co-Speech Gestures Room: IG 4.301 Date: November 21st Time: 4pm - 6pm Abstract: There are two proposals of classifying iconic co-speech gestures within terms of previously established kinds of meaning. While Ebert & Ebert (2014) treat them as supplements in the spirit of Potts (2005), Schlenker (2018) analyzes them as variety of presuppositions. The main criterion for evaluation will be whether the contribution made by the gesture is discourse-new or discourse-old. After a quick explanation of the previous accounts, key examples of co-predicate gestures that pose a problem or an open question for both proposals are presented, establishing observations useful for a correct formalization. Instances of informative co-speech gestures pose a problem for the cosuppositional account, and uninformative ones for the supplemental one. Both accounts are hardly falsifiable: While the one of Ebert & Ebert...
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