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August 25, 2010

Call for Papers -- NPI's


Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any': Challenging Theories of NPI Licensing

University of Goettingen
January 14 and 15, 2011

Workshop website: http://www.negative-polarity-items.uni-goettingen.de/wiki/index.php/BeyondAny

Invited speakers:

Jon Gajewski
Jack Hoeksema
Utpal Lahiri
Bob Levine

Meeting description

Is polarity sensitivity a syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic phenomenon? Licensing theories in all three fields have reached a high level of sophistication. However, theories in the three fields compete rather than converge, which we take to indicate that the phenomenon has not as yet
been fully understood. In this workshop, we propose to focus on under-researched NPIs, under-researched licensing contexts, and to challenge theories by empirical methods from corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics. The list of open issues includes, but is not limited to, the following:

- Polarity items in non-assertive speech acts
- Polarity items with idiosyncratic licensing patterns
- Parasitic licensing
- Intervention effects
- NPIs in pycholinguistics and corpus linguistics
- Historical rise and fall of NPIs
- Patterns of use versus licensing conditions
- Verbal NPIs
- Comparison of approaches

Abstract submissions

We invite papers for 30 min. talks (plus 15 min. discussion) that pertain to one or more of these questions, or offer other new insights in the phenomenon of polarity sensitivity. Abstracts should be anonymous and at most 2 pages in length. Please send your abstracts electronically in pdf- or doc-format to


and include your name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the body of the email. Submissions will be reviewed by two reviewers.

Important dates

Deadline for submission: September 15, 2010

Notification: October 18, 2010

Workshop: January 14-15, 2011

Posted by ira at August 25, 2010 12:40 PM


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