Workshop on the role of parametric variation at the representation of meaning

Sala d’actes de la Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres (B7/1056)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Programme

December 14
9:30h-10h Presentation
10-11h Martina Wiltschko (U. of British Columbia)
Dimensions of meaning in functional architecture: Universals and variation
11-11:30h Coffee break
11:30-12:15h Sonia Cyrino (UNICAMP) and M. Teresa Espinal (UAB)
Cross-linguistic variation in the status of Number
12:15-13h Urtzi Etxeberria (IKER-CNRS), Susagna Tubau (UAB), Viviane Déprez (Rutgers), and M. Teresa Espinal (UAB)
Cross-linguistic variation in the interpretation of (un)grammatical negative sentences
13-15h Lunch
15-15:45h Berit Gehrke (Paris Diderot-CNRS) & Olga Borik (UNED)
Cross-linguistic variation in the expression of passives
15:45-16:30h Federico Silvagni (UCM)
A feature that makes the difference: aspectual concord in Romance copular clauses
16:30-17h Coffee break
17-18h Andrew Koontz-Garboden (U. of Manchester) & Itamar Francez (University of Chicago)
Love and happiness
20h Workshop’s dinner

December 15
10-11h Susann Fischer (U. Hamburg)
Diachronic variation in the expression of definiteness in Romance.
11-11:30h Coffee break
11:30-12:15h Xavier Villalba (UAB) and Sílvia Planas-Morales (URV)
Prosody and information structure in Catalan and Spanish interrogative sentences
12:15-13h Lisa Brunetti (Paris Diderot-CNRS), Laia Mayol (UPF) and Xavier Villalba (UAB)
Bridging and dislocation across Romance
13-15h Lunch
15-17h Student’s session
Eloi Puig-Mayenco (Reading)
The (un)availability of existential readings in Catalan and Spanish n-words: the case of grammatical context
Feifei Li (UAB)
Single negation interpretations in sentences with multiple negative expressions in Mandarin Chinese
Anastasiia Solomina (UAB)
Cross-linguistic variation in the expression of vocatives
Daria Serés (UAB)
Psychological verbs and their arguments: cross-linguistic variation
17h Closing of the workshop

Attendance is free, but you are requested to register here.

Program of the Workshop on Linguistic Variation at the Interfaces

Workshop on Linguistic Variation at the Interfaces
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid
November 16-17, 2017

Preliminary program

Thursday, November 16th

9:30 Registration and welcome

10:00-10:40 M. Eugenia Mangialavori and Rafael Marín
Micro-variation in Spanish: non-standard uses of a directional P

10:40-11:20 Rosa Bono
Patterns of Number Agreement in Pyrenean Dialects

11:20-11:50 COFFEE BREAK

11:50-12:30 Elisabeth Verhoeven, Paola Fritz Huechante and Julian A. Rott
Morphological directionality, semantics, and syntax of the psych-alternation

12:30:13:30 Invited Speaker: Artemis Alexiadou

13:30-15:00 LUNCH

15:00-15:40 Volker Struckmeier
Towards an interface-driven, subtractive account of free word order phenomena

15:40-16:20 Hisao Tokizaki and Jiro Inaba
Variation of stress location and word order in prenominal adjective phrases

16:20-17:00 Carlos Muñoz Pérez
The headless XP-movement restriction: a prosodic account

17:00-17:30 COFFEE BREAK

17:30-18:30 Invited Speaker: Norvin Richards

Friday, November 17th

9:30-10:10 Maria Bañeras Carrió
An incorporation account of impersonal passives: evidence from Spanish dialects

10:10-10:50 Lorena Castillo
Parameters of structural and inherent Case. Evidence from ECM in Spanish

10:50-11:30 María Mangialavori Rasia
The causative-inchoative alternation as a case of non-minimal variation

11:30-12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00-12:40 Elisabeth Gibert Sotelo
Diachronic variation in lexical negation: a syntactic perspective

12:40:13:40 Invited Speaker: Elly van Gelderen

13:40-15:00 LUNCH

15:00-15:40 Nicola Munaro
On the syntactic encoding of interjections: evidence from Emilian dialects and standard Italian

15:40-16:10 Xavier Villalba
Patterns of inversion in Romance wh-exclamatives

16:10-16:40 COFFEE BREAK

16:40-17:40 Invited Speaker: Luis López

17:40 Goodbye

Alternates

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Programme of the International congress ¿Sin orden ni concierto? L’estructura informativa en alemany, espanyol i català

Miércoles, 4 de octubre / Dimecres, 4 d’octubre / Mittwoch 5. Oktober
08:30-09:00 Acreditación y entrega de materiales
09:00-09:30 Acto de inauguración
09:30-10:00 Dania Ramos Martín
Orden de palabras en enunciados interrogativos totales del español
10:00-10:30 Elena Pérez Estevan
¿Información escrita o comunicación oral? Aproximaciones a la gestión de la multimodalidad en el contexto del consentimiento informado
10:30-11:00 Araceli López Serena
Y eso que en el lenguaje periodístico actual: de la concesividad a la estructuración informativa
11:00-11:30 Pausa
11:30-12:00 Mercedes De la Torre & Kathrin Siebold
Elementos de (des)focalización de la información en el lenguaje juvenil español y alemán
12:00-12:30 Roberta Giordano
Los verbos ser y essere para focalizar
12:30-13:00 Margarita Borreguero Zuloaga
Oraciones escindidas y construcción discursiva: procesos de reanálisis de una estructura focalizadora
13:00-13:15 Pausa
13:15-14:15 Conferencia plenaria: Gerda Haßler
16:00-16:30 Anna Kocher
¡Sí que es lo mismo! Hacia un análisis unificador de VERUM FOCUS en catalán, español, alemán e inglés
16:30-17:00 Sílvia Planas-Morales & Xavier Villalba
La partició focus-rerefons en les interrogatives del català i del castellà: estudi de corpus

17:00-17:30 Francisco Raga Gimeno
La variabilidad de la concordancia en las oraciones hendidas del español y del catalán: interpretación informativa, discursiva y pragmática
17:30-18:00 Pausa
18:00-19:00 Conferencia plenaria: Maria Josep Cuenca
19:00-19:15 Pausa
19:15-19:45 Josep Ribera & Maria Josep Marín
Encapsulació, atribució i estructura informativa. Anàlisi contrastiva de dos patrons copulatius en debat parlamentari
19:45-20:15 Anna I. Montesinos López
Rellevància i estructura informativa en les notícies electròniques relacionades amb el ciberatac mundial del virus Wanna Cry

Jueves, 5 de octubre / Dijous, 5 d’octubre / Donnerstag 5. Oktober
09:00-09:30 Adriana Cruz Rubio
Processing of neutral and contrastive focus in pragmatic scales in Spanish: experimental notes about the focus operator incluso and information structure
09:30-10:00 Bernd Sieberg
Formen additiver Strukturierung des Informationsflusses im Deutschen und Portugiesischen
10:00-10:30 Meike Meliss
Informationsstrukturen in der mündlichen Interaktion am Beispiel einiger Wahrnehmungsverben des Deutschen im interlingualen und intermedialen Vergleich
10:30-11:00 Pausa
11:00-11:30 Javier Orduña & Xiaomeng Wang
Grammatikalisierte Prosodie. Leistungen einer prosodisch fundierten Analyse der Aspektualität Deutsch-Spanisch
11:30-12:00 Inga Grantyn
¿No es español, oder? Argumentation und Inferenz im bilingualen Spracherwerb
12:00-12:30 Anja Hennemann / Gerda Haßler
El significado procedimental de marcadores de tópico en español y alemán
12:30-12:45 Pausa
12:45-13:45 Conferencia plenaria: Jenny Brumme
15:30-16:00 Mireia Calvet Creizet
Inkrementelle Ticks und Telekollaboration?
16:00-16:30 Marta Fernández-Villanueva
Posicionamiento y estructura informativa en incidentes críticos de comunicación transcultural alemán/español/catalán
16:30-17:00 Raúl Sánchez Prieto
¿Análisis automatizado o solo semi-automatizado de las acciones textuales? Consideraciones para el estudio de la percepción de marca-país mediante la estructura temático-accional
17:00-17:30 Pausa
17:30-18:00 María Egido Vicente
toll, Hammer, schön o esto es increíble. Estudio contrastivo alemán-español de comentarios en plataformas virtuales sobre la visita a monumentos aplicado a la enseñanza del alemán como lengua extranjera en el ámbito del turismo
18:00-18:30 Mar Montoro Martín
La estructura textual de la defensa oral del Trabajo Fin de Grado
18:30-18:45 Pausa
18:45-19:15 Juan Tordera Illescas
Las relaciones de interdependencia y la anáfora de sentido
19:15-19:45 Kim Collewaert & An Vande Casteele
La estructura informativa en narraciones en ELE
19:45-20:15 Alfredo Segura Tornero
La modalidad enunciativa como piedra de toque en la organización informativa del discurso periodístico informativo de la posmodernidad

Viernes, 6 de octubre / Divendres, 6 d’octubre / Freitag 6. Oktober
09:00-10:30 Sesión de comunicaciones
09:00-09:30 Marta Panadés Guerrero
Transferencia intercultural en la disposición informativa de textos argumentativos en el ámbito de la empresa en alemán y español
09:30-10:00 Susana Rodríguez Rosique
Estructura informativa y categorías gramaticales: una relación con futuro
10:00-10:30 Alf Monjour
“El hecho de que la EEB y sus consecuencias continúen dominando nuestra agenda política […]”. “Die Tatsache , dass BSE und die Folgen weiterhin unsere politische Agenda beherrschen […]”. Modos verbales y otros mecanismos de modelación de la estructura informativa
10:30-11:00 Pausa
11:00-11:30 Gloria Uclés Ramada
El valor de los marcadores de control de contacto ¿eh?, ¿no?, ¿sabes? y ¿vale? como estructuradores de la información
11:30-12:00 Lidia Latorre García
La unidad informativa subacto en la conversación coloquial española
12:00-12:30 José Portolés Lázaro
Marcadores de alternativa en español
12:30-12:45 Pausa
12:45-13:45 Conferencia plenaria: Óscar Loureda Lamas
13:45-14:00 Acto de clausura

Programme of the 1st International Workshop on the Interface of Information Structure and Argument Structure

1st International Workshop on the Interface of Information Structure and Argument Structure
University of Seville, Spain
Wednesday 25st – Friday 27th, October 2017

Book of abstracts!

PROGRAMME

All sessions will be held in Aula de Grados, Facultad de Filología

WEDNESDAY 25ST OCTOBER
16.30-17.00 Preliminary remarks
17.00-17.30 Antonio Fábregas, Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández and Mercedes Tubino: Datives, theticity and information structure
17.30-18.00 Vicky Camacho and María Cornejo / Lucía Quintana: TBA
18.00-18.30 Mara Frascarelli and Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández: Discourse categories in imperatives
18.30-19.00 Break
19.00-19.30 Bettina Kaminski and Javier Martos: TBA
19.30-20.00 Ana Ojea: TBA

THURSDAY 26th OCTOBER – MORNING SESSION
9.00-9.30 Opening remarks
9.30-10.30 INVITED SPEAKER : Artemis Alexiadou (TBA)
10.30-11.00 Ingo Feldhausen (Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt) and Maria del Mar Vanrell (Universitat de les Illes Balears): Argument Structure
and narrow focus marking in Spanish
11.00-11:30 Ángel Gallego (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona): Criterial positions without features consequences for labeling and
cartography
11.30-12.00 break
12.00-12.30 Steffen Heidinger (University Graz): Focus affinity and the argument-adjunct distinction
12.30-13.00 Sabine Reuters, Sarah Dolscheid, Yulia Esaulova and Martina Penke (University of Cologne): Animacy and visual effects in
German sentence production
13.00-13.30 Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares): Topics and null subjects
13.30-15.00 Lunch
15.00-15.30 Francesca Ramaglia (Universitá di Roma Tre): The (Information) Structure of Marked Copular Constructions: a multi-layered
interface approach to it- and there-sentences
15.30-16.00 Marta Khouja (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): DOM as a syntax-pragmatics interface marker: evidence from Catalan
16.00-16.30 Paola Crisma, Giuseppe Longobardi, Dimitris Michelioudakis and Nina Radkevich (University of York): The Left Periphery of
nominal phrases and the argument-adjective asymmetry
16.30-17.00 break (tea/coffee served in ???) and poster session:
Aratzazu Elordieta (UPV/EHU): The interaction of morphophonological requirements of focus with verb-initial word orders in
root/non-root clauses
Laura Bailey (University of Kent): Null prepositions and light nouns in Germanic and Romance
Jose Sequeros-Valle (University of Illinois at Chicago: Topic Type and Pitch Accent: Data from an Elicited Production Task
17.00-17.30 Ana Maria Brito (Universidade do Porto): Ditransitive constructions and information structure in European Portuguese: when the
DO is a heavy constituent
17.30-18.00 Dalina Kallulli (University of Vienna): PCC as an Information Structure Phenomenon
18.00-19.00 Fang Yang, Martin Pickering and Holly Branigan (University of Edinburgh): Is topicalized Topic more prominent than leftdislocated
Topic? Evidence from structural priming experiments in Mandarin Chinese
19.00-19.30 Roland Hinterhölzl (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia): What are subjects good for?
21.00 SOCIAL DINNER

FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER – MORNING SESSION
9.30-10.30 INVITED SPEAKER: Valentina Bianchi (TBA)
10.30-11.00 Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (UPV/EHU): A look at some aspects of the syntax-pragmatic interface in Spanish
11.00-11.30 Xavier Villalba (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Innitival wh-relatives in Romance: Consequences for the truncation vs.
intervention debate

11.30-12.00 Linda Badan (University of Ghent): Discourse markers at the interface between syntax and prosody: The case of ‘guarda te’ in
regional Italian of Veneto.
12.00-12.30 break
12.30-13.00 Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) and Victoria Escandell-Vidal (UNED): Focus structure in relative clauses.
Evidence from Spanish
13.00-13.30 Anna Kocher (University of Vienna): Towards a unified analysis of verum focus in German, English and Spanish
13.30-15.00 Lunch
15.00-15.30 Simone de Cia (University of Manchester): Discourse-Pragmatics Beyond Force: Contrastiveness in North-Eastern Italian
Dialects (NEIDs)
15.30-16.00 Montserrat Batllori (Universitat de Girona): Left periphery and information structure distribution of imperatives constructions
from a diachronic standpoint
16.00-16.30 Vieri Samek-Lodovici (University Colleage London): The Position of Italian Contrastive Focus: Challenges and Solutions
16.30-17.00 Coffey break
17.00-17.30 Julio García-Villa (University of Manchester): Optional and obligatory Comp reduplication with non-root dislocations in
Spanish
17.30-18.00 Ekaterina Chernova (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Wh-Movement in Echo Questions and Crosslinguistic Variation
18.00-18.30 Anja Latrouite (HHU Düsseldorf): Information-structural prominence and argument realization
18.30-19.00 Mary Kato (UNICAMP) and Paco Ordóñez (Stony Brooks University): Topic subjects in Brazilian Portuguese and Clitic Left
Dislocation constructions with datives in Dominican Spanish: two categorical types of sentences in Romania Nova

SIGGRAM Meeting at Vitoria-Gasteiz

SIGGRAM Meeting October 5 and 6, 2017 (almost final program)

October 5
09:30-10:30 Network and project presentations
10:30-10:45 Silvia Gumiel, Norberto Moreno & Isabel Pérez “Evaluativity or Evidentiality: The Case of Dialectal Variation in Spanish Copular Structures”
10:45-11:15 Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria & Gorka Elordieta TBA
11:15-11:45 Break
11:45-12:15 Giorgia Zorzi “Ellipsis in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)”
12:15-12:30 Alexandra Navarrete “Focus in Catalan Sign Language: expression and interpretation”
12:30-12:45 Chenje Yuan “A QUD-approach to the establishment and interpretation of contrast”
12:45-13:00 Aitor Lizardi “a neoperformative analisis of al and
ba as discourse particles: a view
From Mutriku Basque”
13:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-15:30 Sara Cañas Peña “Polar interrogatives in Catalan Sign Language”
15:30-16:00 Urtzi Etxeberria, Susagna Tubau, Viviane Déprez, M.Teresa Espinal “How do Basque and Spanish speakers interpret (un)grammatical negative sentences?”
16:00-16:30 Break
16:30-16:45 Alejo Alcaraz “Fake indexical clitics”
16:45-17:00 Manuel Leonetti “Weak readings of referential null subjects”
17:00-17:30 Olga Borik, Daria Serés “(In)definite by position? An experimental investigation”
17:30-18:00 Break
18:00-18:15 Gemma Barberà & Josep Quer “Anaphoric chains and the referential hierarchy in the signed modality”
18:15-18:30 Anastasiia Solomina “”True” and “fake” vocatives in Russian”
18:30-20:30 Drinks & pintxos
20:30 Dinner

October 6
9:30-10:30 Tutorial: Wolfram Hinzen “Semantic and pragmatic diversity in clinical populations”
10:30-10:45 Bryan Leferman “Are Events Linguistic Primitives?”
10:45-11:00 Laura Vela-Plo “Comparative coordination in Basque nominal and adjectival comparison”
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 Katherine Fraser “Extra arguments in English”
12:00-12:15 Marina Ortega “Regular polysemy: Co-predication”
12:15-12:45 Kata Wohlmuth “Nonatomic distributivity or lexical cumulativity? An experiment”
12:45-13:15 Cristina Real-Puigdollers “Complex PPs in Romance languages”
13:15-14:45 Lunch
14:45-15:15 Josep Ausensi “The roots of manner and result”
15:15-15:45 Jaume Mateu “Remarks on the meaning and grammar of the ablative absolute construction in Latin”

CfP: Workshop on Approaches to Coercion and Polysemy

Workshop on Approaches to Coercion and Polysemy
November 20-21, 2017
University of Oslo (Blindern)

Description
The phenomenon of coercion, where the interpretation of an expression seems to change depending on another expression that it stands in a predication or modification relationship with (e.g. ‘Fred began a book / began an essay / finished his drink / finished the kitchen / is a good boy / is a good pianist / froze the water / froze the bottle / has red hair / eats red meat / drinks coffee / drank two coffees’) is widespread and has often been remarked on within formal semantics, pragmatics and computational linguistics (Asher 2011, Egg 2003, Nunberg 1979, Piñago&Deo 2016, Pustejovsky 1995, Recanati 2004). However, it remains not well-understood, especially as regards the following questions:

  • To what extent do these examples represent a unified phenomenon, and what constrains the availability of these kinds of enriched interpretations?
  • What do these examples tell us about the nature of the lexicon, and the nature of predication?
  • To what extent do we need lexical meaning to be context-dependent?
  • To what extent do we need a more sophisticated compositional system than is commonly assumed in formal semantics?
  • How can the coerced interpretation be implemented?
  • We wish to create a forum that will enable comparison of lexical, compositional and pragmatic approaches to these questions, and interaction between people coming from formal semantics, pragmatics and computational linguistics backgrounds.  We are particularly interested in the interaction between coercion and the wider issue of polysemy, where a word may have more than one closely-related meaning.

    Invited speakers
    Nicholas Asher (CNRS/IRIT)
    Robyn Carston (UCL)
    Robin Cooper (University of Gothenburg)

    Guidelines for submission
    We invite submissions for 30-minute talks plus 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts are to be uploaded via EasyChair, at <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=copo2017>.
    Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, no more than two A4 pages long including any references, in a font size no less then 12pt, and with margins of no less than 1 inch / 2.5 cm.

    Important dates
    Submission deadline: 8 August 2017
    Notification of acceptance: 4 October 2017
    Workshop dates: 20-21 November 2017

    Organizers
    Alexandra Spalek and Matthew Gotham

    CfP: Meaning in flux: connecting development, variation, and change

    Meaning in flux: connecting development, variation, and change
    Yale University, New Haven, CT
    October 12th-14th, 2017

    Description.
    The connections between meanings and the way in which they are linguistically packaged and conveyed vary systematically within a speech community and change systematically over time. Although many synchronic and diachronic patterns that instantiate such varying connections have been well described, understanding the cognitive and communicative motivations of such systematic variability and change would provide crucial bridging between and integration of the discourse-based, linguistic, conceptual, and cognitive components that are expected to support such meaning dynamics. This is the focus of the workshop.

    We invite abstracts for talks and posters at the intersection of semantics/pragmatics, information/discourse structure, language variation, development, and change, from empirical and experimental perspectives addressing this question. We highly encourage submissions presenting in-progress empirical and experimental results, covering both methodological challenges as well as connections between existing semantic or pragmatic analyses to cognitively grounded explanatory models.

    Specifically, in this workshop we would like to address the following questions:
    (a) to what extent are trajectories of meaning dynamics construable as dynamics that emerge from and are and guided by real-time implementation of the architecture of language and the larger cognitive system?
    (b) how are the actuation and propagation of these dynamics driven by discourse context and other communicative constraints?
    (c) are there causal relations between the arcs of acquisition/development and change as they are informed by processing constraints?

    We are planning this very much as a workshop with discussion driven by foundational questions on meaning development, variation and change and the struggle of messy data. As exemplified by our invited speakers, we are seeking to bring together all kinds of perspectives on meaning representation, including model-theoretic, discourse representation, conceptual semantics/pragmatics, and all experimental and
    empirical approaches.

    Invited speakers:
    Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University
    Lyn Frazier, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University
    Ann Senghas, Barnard College
    Mandy Simons, Carnegie Mellon University

    Deadline: 11:59 PM of your local time zone on July 3rd, 2017
    Notification: July 31st, 2017
    Format: Two pages, 8.5” x 11” or A4, comprising text, figures, tables, references, etc., as needed. Please
    maintain 1” margins on all sides, and use at least size 12 font. Abstracts should be headed by the title in bold,
    and should not contain any author information.

    Please submit your abstracts using the form at: http://tinyurl.com/meaningflux.

    Workshop website: http://ling.yale.edu/research/meaninginflux2017

    Sponsor: NSF-INSPIRE (#1248100) grant to Maria Piñango (Yale), Ashwini Deo (OSU), Mokshay Madiman
    (UDel) and Todd Constable (Yale).
    Scientific committee:
    Hans Boas, University of Texas at Austin
    António Branco, University of Lisbon
    Kathryn Davidson, Harvard University
    Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University

    CfP: Evaluative meanings: Theoretical and computational perspectives

    Evaluative meanings: Theoretical and computational perspectives
    Workshop at DGfS 2018, University of Stuttgart, 7-9 March 2018

    Organizers:

    Valentina Bianchi (University of Siena)
    Patrick Georg Grosz (University of Oslo)

    Invited speakers:
    Andrea Beltrama (Universität Konstanz)
    Farah Benamara (IRIT-Université de Toulouse)

    Description:
    Interest in the encoding of evaluative meanings has significantly increased in recent years, both in theoretical and in computationally oriented research. Much recent research in formal linguistics (in particular, but not exclusively, semantics and syntax) has turned towards topics such as evaluativity (e.g. Grosz 2012, Bianchi et al. 2016), subjectivity (e.g. Lasersohn 2005, Beltrama 2017) and expressivity (Potts 2007, Constant et al. 2009). In parallel, computational linguistics has given rise to fields such as sentiment analysis, which explicitly aim at the computational investigation of evaluative phenomena. While theoretical and computational approaches have largely been pursued in parallel, recent discussions such as Benamara et al. (2017) highlight the importance of an interdisciplinary discourse between the two fields.
    The aims of the workshop are to address current issues in the investigation of evaluativity within formal semantics and syntax, and at the same time, to allow for cross-fertilization with computational linguistic research.

    Call for papers
    We invite submissions that address evaluativity from a theoretical and/or computational angle, with an overarching goal of furthering an interdisciplinary discourse.
    Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following and combinations thereof:

  • scalarity in predicates of personal taste, in concessive meaning (e.g., “even / at least”), in expressive elements (intensifiers, diminutives, interjections, epithets, swear words);
  • the impact of Information Structure on evaluative meanings (QUD-based approaches to evaluativity; “emphatic” and scalar focus);
    evaluation scores and the nature of sentiment-related scales (e.g. positive-neutral-negative);
  • sentiment analysis and negation, modality, evidentiality, nonveridicality;
  • semantic/syntactic analysis of evaluative/expressive speech acts (optatives, exclamatives, etc.); detection of such speech acts in corpora;
    how to derive evaluative/expressive/subjective meanings in a concrete discourse model;
  • linguistic underpinnings of computational extraction methods; context and discourse factors in the automatic extraction of evaluativity/subjectivity from corpora;
  • the role of implicit evaluative judges and attitude holders in semantic/syntactic analysis; detection of such entities in corpora;
    evaluativity and polarity (scalar properties of NPIs and PPIs)
  • diachronic semantics of evaluativity/subjectivity (e.g., “totally”).
  • Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, at most 2 pages long (A4 or letter), in a font size no less than 12pt, and with margins of 1 inch/2.5cm. Every author can submit at most one single-authored abstract and one co-authored abstract.
    Abstracts must be submitted via Easychair at:

    https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=evalsemdgfs2018

    Deadline for abstract submission: 6th August 2017
    Notification of acceptance: early September 2017