[Corpora-List] Second Call for Papers: Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Countability in Natural Language

Jan Strunk strunk at linguistics.rub.de
Sun Apr 25 16:11:12 CEST 2010

Second Call for Papers

Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Countability in Natural Language

Date: 22-Sep-2010 - 24-Sep-2010 Location: Bochum, Germany Contact Person: Tibor Kiss Meeting Email: countability2010 at linguistics.rub.de Web Site: http://www.linguistics.rub.de/countability2010/

Call Deadline: 31-May-2010

Meeting Description: Empirical, Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Countability in Natural Language A conference organized by the Linguistics Department (Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut) of Ruhr­-Universität Bochum, Germany. Ruhr­-Universität Bochum, September 22­-24, 2010

Aims and scope: The distinction between mass and count nouns has been addressed in a variety of linguistic (and also extra­-linguistic) approaches. Initially, it has been suggested that the distinction is a property of lexemes, or that it can be derived from properties of the objects denoted by the respective nouns. This assumption has been severely challenged by a variety of approaches, leading to the assumption that countability is a property of constructions and phrases. Yet, a critical survey of the most advanced work on the count­-mass distinction has shown that multiple, partially conflicting views on this phenomenon are still competing.

As an illustration for unsettled questions, consider the following: - If the mass­-count distinction is actually dependent on formal

syntactic and/or semantic marking, how are nouns to be classified that

lack such a marking, e.g. nouns in preposition-­noun combinations

(determinerless PPs)?

- If mass is taken to be a basic property of nouns to which syntactic

marking must be added to transform the noun into a count noun, why do

certain languages already require such marking for mass terms (e.g.

Romance languages)?

- How can the apparent tension between theoretical constructional

(i.e. token-based, and hence construction­-specific) and computational

(i.e. primarily type-based, and hence possibly lexical class based)

classification be resolved?

The goal of this conference is to bring researchers from all areas of linguistics together to clarify the numerous existing theories concerning the count­-mass distinction and also to offer a platform for new insights and constructive criticism.

We therefore invite original contributions which relate to the following issues within or around the count­-mass distinction:

- Cross-­linguistic empirical and/or theoretical analysis of

the count-mass distinction - Empirical and/or theoretical analysis of countability in a specific

natural language - Psycholinguistic experiments - Manual or computer-­aided classification/annotation of countability - Historical/etymological contributions

Electronic Submission: Abstracts no longer than six pages should be sent to countability2010 at linguistics.rub.de not later than May 31, 2010.

Invited speakers: - Hagit Borer (University of Southern California, Los Angeles) - Francis Jeffry Pelletier (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby) - Henriette de Swart (OTS, Universiteit Utrecht)

Conference Organizers: - Tibor Kiss - Tobias Stadtfeld - Antje Müller - Katja Keßelmeier - Claudia Roch - Jan Strunk

On behalf of the conference organizers:

Jan Strunk

Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany strunk at linguistics.rub.de

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