Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Germany
organised as part of
the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information
11-15 August, 2008 in Hamburg D
Event DescriptionSo called Free Choice Items (words like 'any' in English) are represented in the lexicon of most natural languages. Roughly speaking, they express equivalence between the members of a set from different points of view (practical, inferential, affective). In addition to raising difficult descriptive problems for linguists, they prove challenging for formal and cognitive theories that explore the relations between linguistic meaning, reasoning abilities and emotions.
The general goal of the workshop is to offer an up to date guided tour of this complex landscape and to bring out the major threads of the debate.
Topics:The theme of the workshop brings up questions like the following:
- Free Choiceness and the treatment of alternatives
- Attitudinal values: widening, indifference, derogatory uses, etc. Are they peripheral or core values?
- (In)definiteness and quantification: the existential vs. universal debate
- FC items in diachrony
- Free relatives
- The relation of Free Choiceness to polarity sensitivity
- Veneeta Dayal Rutgers University USA
- Rob van Rooy ILLC Amsterdam Holland
Experts in the Reviewing Committee:
Cleo Condoravdi, Xerox USA
Francis Corblin, Université Paris 4 France
Veneeta Dayal, Rutgers University USA
Chungmin Lee, Seoul National University Korea
Rob van Rooy, ILLC Amsterdam Holland
Further Information:About ELICO: