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Göttingen Spirit Summer School on Negation


September 14th -17th, 2015, University of Göttingen

Starting the series of Göttingen Spirit Summer Schools in Linguistics LinG proudly announces a four-day summer school on negation, held in the surroundings of Göttingen.

During this summer school, four tutorials (1,5 hour per day each) will be held, featuring four well-known teachers. In addition, there will be discussion seminars, sessions for student presentations and evening lectures (by, a.o. Markus Steinbach and Hedde Zeijlstra).



Teachers and classes:



Summer School Venue & Accommodation

Biohotel Werratal. Please also check the Travel Info section.




Class Schedule:



Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

9:00

-

10:30

Registration & Welcome

Poletto: Syntax of Negation

Poletto: Syntax of Negation

Poletto: Syntax of Negation

Workshop on Negation

(Program Below)

Workshop on Negation

(Program Below)

10:45

-

12:15

Thornton & Crain: Acquisition of Negation and Related Phenomena

Thornton & Crain: Acquisition of Negation and Related Phenomena

Thornton & Crain: Acquisition of Negation and Related Phenomena

Thornton & Crain: Acquisition of Negation and Related Phenomena

13:45

-

15:15

Condoravdi: Semantics of Negation and Negative Changes

Condoravdi: Semantics of Negation and Negative Changes

Condoravdi: Semantics of Negation and Negative Changes

Condoravdi: Semantics of Negation and Negative Changes

15:30

-

17:00

PfauSign Language Negation - From Typology to Theory

PfauSign Language Negation - From Typology to Theory

PfauSign Language Negation - From Typology to Theory

PfauSign Language Negation - From Typology to Theory

17:15

-

18:30

Poletto: Syntax of Negation

Seminar and Student Discusson

Seminar and Student Discusson

Seminar and Student Discusson

20:00

-

22:00

Evening Lecture Zeijlstra

Evening Lecture Steinbach

Summer School Dinner & Party

Leaving for

Göttingen

 



The school is intended for 20-25 PhD students and postdocs, working on, or interested in the topic. The school has no fee, and all lodging and meals will be provided for free as well. Traveling costs will in principle not be reimbursed, though exceptions based on the participants' backgrounds are possible. The school will be followed by an international workshop on negation where every school participant is invited to hold a (poster) presentation. Interested? Send an email to hzeijls@uni-goettingen.de by June 1 with a short description of your research interests and a short motivation why you would want to attend the school. Together this should be no more than 300 words.







September 18th -19th, 2015, University of Göttingen

A universal property of natural language is that every language is able to express negation. Every language has some device at its disposal to reverse the truth-value of affirmative sentences. However, languages may differ to quite a large extent as to how they express this negation. Not only do languages vary with respect to the position of negative elements, the form of negative elements and the interpretation of sentences that consist of multiple negative elements are also subject to broad cross-linguistic variation. The study of the behaviour of sentential negation has therefore strongly been guided by the question as to what determines the possible ways that sentential negation can manifest itself. This question, however, has not only strong repercussions for the study to the syntax and semantics of negation and related phenomena, such as negative and positive polarity phenomena, but also for the investigation of the way how negation is expressed is acquired by children, how it changes over time, and how it is expressed on non-spoken languages.




Invited speakers:



Workshop Venue

Center for Cultural Sciences, Room: KWZ 0.607. Please also check the Travel Info section.





Workshop Program: Friday



Time Speaker
09:00 - 10:00 Rosalind Thornton (Macquarie) - Children's Negative Sentences: A Pronunciation Challenge (abstract) (slides)
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00 Magda Oiry (UMass) and Jeremy Hartman (UMass) - The Interaction of Negation and Factivity in Acquisition
11:00 - 11:30 Cory Bill (ARC), Lyn Tieu (ENS), Jacopo Romoli (Ulster) and Stephen Crain (Macquarie) - Neg-Raising in Child Language
11:30 - 12:00 Osamu Sawada (Mie) - The Japanese Negative Totemo 'very': Toward a New Typology of Negative Sensitive Items
12:00 - 12:30 Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal (Jerusalem) - Arguments in Favor of an Ambiguist Approach to Negation
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00 Cecilia Poletto (Frankfurt) - The Puzzle of Old Italian Negative Concord (abstract) (slides)
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 15:45 Andreea Nicolae (ZAS Berlin) and Anamaria Falaus (Nantes) - An Exhaustification Account of Strict Negative Concord
15:45 - 16:15 Beste Kamali (ZAS Berlin) - Negative Concord in Focus Sensitive Yes/No-Questions
16:15 - 16:45 Milica Denic (ENS) - Bagel Problem and NPI-PPI Distribution
17:00 - 18:00 Roland Pfau (Amsterdam) - Sign Language Negation: From Head Movement to Negative Head (abstract) (slides)
19:00 - ... Workshop Dinner


Saturday



Time Speaker
09:00 - 10:00 Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford) - Polarity Reversal in Counterfactuals
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00 Orest Xherija (Chicago) and Anastasia Giannakidou (Chicago) - Before Without After: (Non)veridicality and Disjunction
11:00 - 11:30 Andreea Nicolae (ZAS Berlin) - Simple Disjunction PPIs - A Case for Obligatory Epistemic Inferences
11:30 - 12:00 Mingya Liu (Osnabrück) - German Conditional Connective falls as an Attitudinal Expression
12:00 - 12:30 Daniele Panizza (Göttingen) and Karoliina Lohiniva (Geneva) - When Pragmatics Helps Syntax: An Eye Tracking Study on Scope Ambiguity Resolution in 4 - to 5 - Year-Old Children
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-14:30 Irene Franco (Frankfurt), Olga Kellert (Göttingen), Guido Mensching (Göttingen) and Cecilia Poletto (Frankfurt) - A Diachronic Study of Negative Additives (abstract) (handout)
14:30-15:00 David Willis (Cambridge) - The Syntax of nothing in Old English (abstract) (handout)
15:00-15:30 Chiara Gianollo (Köln) - From Double Negation to Negative Concord in the History of Latin (abstract) (slides)
15:30-17:00

Poster Session with Coffee, Tea and Snacks



Adina Camelia Bleotu (Venice) - The Scope of Negative Prefixes in English and Romanian

Claire Childs (Newcastle) - Quantitative Cross-Dialectal Insights Into the Role of Syntax and Discourse-Pragmatics in the Use of not, no and Negative Concord

Matteo Greco (NEtS) and Andrea Moro (NEtS) - Surprise Negation (Sneg) Sentences

Melike Hendek (Bogazici) and Mine Nakipoǧlu Demiralp (Bogazici) - Children's Understanding of Weak Negative Epistemic Sentences in Turkish (abstract) (slides)

Einat Keren (Jerusalem) - Negative Concord in Modern Israeli Hebrew and its Origin

Anna Kuder (Warsaw) - Negation markers in Polish Sign Language (PJM)

Daniel Margulis (MIT) - When Negation Goes Mad: On the Puzzle of Expletive Negation (paper) (poster)

Marloes Oomen (Amsterdam) and Roland Pfau (Amsterdam) - Signing NOT or not: A Corpus-Based Study on Negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands (paper) (poster)

Rachel Szekely (Long Island) - Negation and the Zero of Magnitude (paper) (poster)
17:00-18:00 Stephen Crain (Melbourne) - Language Universals and Universal Grammar (abstract) (slides)






Goettingen Spirit

The Göttingen Spirit:

"Göttingen Spirit" is an expression coined by Richard Courant after his immigration to the US. Reminiscent of his experiences at Göttingen University he used the term to describe the research environment based on cooperation and a free exchange of ideas both within and between the disciplines. (source)




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