Uni-Tübingen

International Workshop on Variables at the Interface between Form and Meaning

Date: July, 12th 2012 to July, 13th 2012

Venue: Gästehaus Albblick, Tübingen (Germany)

Hosted by the SFB 833 "The Construction of Meaning" at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen funded by the DFG

Workshop Description

Syntactic and semantic theory crucially makes use of the notion of variables and relies on machinery to assign values to them and bind them. However, fundamental questions about the exact nature of the representation of variables in the architecture of grammar still remain. This workshop aims to provide a forum for discussions of the following questions, all from the perspective of the interface between form and meaning: Do variables behave uniformly across denotation domains and across languages? What role does context play in the interpretation of variables in natural language? Can we find processing evidence for any of the above?

Registration for this workshop is not necessary. Guests are welcome.

Thursday, July 12th

13.50

Welcome by Sigrid Beck, speaker of the Tübinger SFB 833: The Construction of Meaning

14.00

Nicholas Asher (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse). t.b.a.

14.45

Frauke Buscher and Sebastian Bücking (Tübingen, SFB 833, project A1). On finding attitude holders – How compositional is the semantics of mental attitude adverbs?

15.30

—Coffee Break—

16.00

Irene Rapp, Christian Fortmann, Anja Lübbe, and Aleksandar Dimitrov (Universität Tübingen, SFB 833, project A5). On the temporal interpretation of present participles in German — a formal account and experimental evidence.

16.45

Orin Percus (Université de Nantes). Variables and attitudes: the Tübingen variables project ten years later.

17.30

—End—

19.00

—Dinner at Neckarmüller—

Friday, July 13th

9.00

Udo Klein and Wolfgang Sternefeld (Universität Bielefeld; Universität Tübingen). Alphabetically innocent variables in predicate logic.

9.45

Andreas Konietzko, Janina Rado, and Wolfgang Sternefeld (Universität Tübingen, SFB 833, projects B5/A7/B1): Telescoping in relative clauses: experimental evidence.

10.30

—Coffee Break—

11.00

Arnout Koornneef, Eric Reuland, Sergey Avrutin, and Frank Wijnen (Universiteit Utrecht). Variables before context? An eye-tracking study on the preference of bound-variable dependencies in pronoun resolution.

11.45

Oliver Bott and Fabian Schlotterbeck (Universität Tübingen, SFB 833, project B1). Processing bound variable interpretations under inverse scope.

12.30

—Lunch at Gästehaus Albblick—

14.00

Pritty Patel-Grosz (Universität Tübingen / MIT). Complex reflexives in Greek & Kutchi Gujarati and the Principle A problem.

14.45

Anna Howell (Universität Tübingen, SFB 833, project C1). Variable binding across domains and languages.

15.30

—Coffee Break—

16.00

Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Answers to polarity questions as anaphors to propositional discourse referents.

16.45

—End—