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Semantics and Linguistic Theory 18

March 21-23, 2008

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Conference site: Herter 227 [annotated map]

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday

8:45-9:20
Registration
Chair: Christopher Potts (UMass Amherst)
9:20-10:00
Chris Kennedy (University of Chicago) & Jason Stanley (Rutgers)
What an 'average' semantics needs
10:00-10:40
Jon Gajewski (UConn)
More on quantifiers in comparative clauses
10:40-11:20
Rick Nouwen (Utrecht)
Directional numeral quantifiers
11:20-11:40
Break
Chair: Muffy Siegel (Temple)
11:40-12:20
Andreas Haida (Humboldt University)
The indefiniteness and focusing of question words
12:20-1:00
Floris Roelofsen (Amsterdam) & Maria Aloni (Amsterdam)
Perspectives on concealed questions
1:00-3:00
Lunch
Chair: Peggy Speas (UMass Amherst)
3:00-3:40
Ivano Caponigro (UC San Diego) & Maria Polinsky (Harvard)
Almost everything is relative in the Caucasus
3:40-4:20
Daphna Heller (University of Rochester) & Lynsey Wolter (University of Rochester)
Identity and indeterminacy in -ever free relatives
4:20-5:20
Ten-minute poster talks
5:20-6:20
Posters show details
6:20-6:40
Break
Chair: Emmon Bach (UMass Amherst)
6:40-7:40
Hotze Rullmann (UBC)
Binding and person/number features: Prospects and challenges for a semantic approach

Saturday

Chair: Angelika Kratzer (UMass Amherst)
9:20-10:20
Lisa Matthewson (UBC)
Pronouns, presuppositions, and semantic variation
10:20-11:00
Paul Elbourne (Queen Mary, University of London)
Implicit content and the argument from binding
11:00-11:20
Break
Chair: Irene Heim (MIT)
11:20-12:00
Katrin Schulz (Amsterdam)
Non-deictic tenses in conditionals
12:00-12:40
Øystein Nilsen (CASTL, Tromsø/Utrecht) & Jakub Dotlacil (Utrecht)
The others, each other, and the Strongest Meaning Hypothesis
12:40-1:20
Tim Hunter (Maryland), Justin Halberda (Johns Hopkins), Jeffrey Lidz (Maryland) & Paul Pietroski (Maryland)
Beyond truth conditions: The semantics of 'most'
1:20-3:20
Lunch
Chair: Roger Schwarzschild (Rutgers)
3:20-4:00
Arjen Zondervan (Utrecht), Luisa Meroni (Utrecht) & Andrea Gualmini (Utrecht)
Experiments on the role of the Question Under Discussion for ambiguity resolution and implicature computation in adults
4:00-5:00
Ten-minute poster talks
5:00-6:00
Posters show details
6:00-6:20
Break
Chair: Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard)
6:20-7:20
Lyn Frazier (UMass Amherst)
Computing scalar implicatures
8:00-12:00
Dinner party (Fine Arts Center Lobby)

Sunday

Chair: Gregory Carlson (University of Rochester)
10:00-10:40
Christian Ebert (Bielefeld), Cornelia Endriss (Osnabrück) & Stefan Hinterwimmer (Humbolt University)
A unified analysis of indicative and Biscuit conditionals as topics
10:40-11:20
Jeroen Groenendijk (Amsterdam)
Inquisitive semantics: conditionals, questions, and disjunction
11:20-12:00
Simon Charlow (Brown)
Free and bound pro-verbs: A unified treatment of anaphora
12:00-13:30
Lunch
Chair: Kai von Fintel (MIT)
1:30-2:10
Marta Abrusan (Institut Jean-Nicod/Collegium Budapest)
Islands of contradiction: Presuppositional and negative interveners
2:10-2:50
Vincent Homer (UCLA)
Intervention by presuppositions
2:50-3:15
Break
Chair: Rajesh Bhatt (UMass Amherst)
3:15-4:15
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod/NYU)
Presupposition projection: The new debate

Talk alternates (drawn from the poster sessions)