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Reading group on Scalar Implicatures and multidimensionality of meaning

A reading group on Scalar Implicatures and multidimensionality of meaning will be organised in Göttingen. The reading group will start on April 10 and will meet on Thursdays (see dates below) for a session from 10:15-12:00 and another session from 13:30-15:00 in the library of CRC "Text Structures". Each time someone will present one or a few papers on a given topic and then an open discussion will follow. There are still spots available. Everyone who wants to present papers or be chair can contact the organizers. It is also planned to invite external speakers. The programme so far is:

  • April, 10th
    Morning session
    Chair: Daniele Panizza
    Topic: Introduction
    Readings: Levinson 2000 + Grice 1967

    Afternoon session
    Chair: Karoliina Lohiniva
    Topic: The epistemic step
    Readings: Sauerland 2004

  • April, 24th
    Morning session
    Chair: VACANT
    Topic: Alternatives, the symmetry problem
    Readings: Katzir 2008

    Afternoon session
    Chair: VACANT
    Topic: Alternatives, exhaustification, free-choice inferences
    Readings: Fox 2006

  • May, 15th
    Morning session
    Chair: Edgar Onea
    Topic: Cracks in the Gricean system, embedded implicatures, entailment
    Readings: Chierchia 2004, Chierchia, Fox and Spector 2008

    Afternoon session
    Chair: VACANT
    Topic: Discussion on Chierchia / Invited speaker / Other topic?
    Readings: TBA

  • May, 29th
    Morning session
    Chair: Jovana Gajic
    Topic: NPIs and exhaustification, "Even NPIs and Only NPIs"
    Readings: Chierchia 2014

    Afternoon session
    Chair: VACANT
    Topic: Invited speaker?
    Readings: TBA

  • June, 5th
    Morning session
    Chair: VACANT
    Topic: Invited speaker?
    Readings: TBA

    Afternoon session
    Chair: VACANT
    Topic: Invited speaker?
    Readings: TBA

  • June, 19th
    Morning session
    Chair: Daniele Panizza
    Topic: Processing and acquisition of SIs
    Readings: TBA

    Afternoon session
    Chair: VACANT
    Topic: TBA
    Readings: TBA



  • The reading group will be organised by Karoliina Lohiniva with the help of Jovana Gajic.