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LINGUIST List 23.141

Mon Jan 09 2012

Calls: Syntax, Semantics, Typology/UK

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        1.     Anders Holmberg , Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions

Message 1: Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions
Date: 09-Jan-2012
From: Anders Holmberg <anders.holmbergnewcastle.ac.uk>
Subject: Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions
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Full Title: Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions

Date: 08-Jun-2012 - 09-Jun-2012
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Anders Holmberg
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/yesandno/YesNo_events.php

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

The answer to a polar question (yes/no question) is minimally 'yes' or 'no'. There may not seem to be a lot to say about the syntax of such expressions. However, when we consider a wider range of languages and a wider range of questions, there is a good deal of interesting variation in the form of the answers. The range and the limits of variation have implications for the syntax and semantics of these expressions as well as for the questions that license them, and for the syntax of ellipsis, focus, and negation.

To date very few languages have had their answering system investigated in any detail. What are the facts? That's one question we hope to shed some light on in this workshop. What is the syntax and semantics of answers to polar questions in general? What does the variation, within languages, in relation to different types of questions, as well as across languages, tell us about this?

The workshop will be organized 8-9 June 2012 at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Invited Speakers:

Donka Farkas (Santa Cruz)
Ana Maria Martins (U. of Lisbon)

Please see the workshop website for a more detailed description.

2nd Call for Papers:

This is a reminder about the Workshop on Answers to Polar Questions, 8-9 June 2012 at the University of Newcastle, UK. The deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2012.

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