8-4-14: Program booklet is online!
7-3-14: registration is open!
6-3-14: program & time schedule online!
2-2-14: submission periode is closed
1-2-14: submission deadline approaching
12-12-13: Call for Papers published

Workshop Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semantics (BRIDGE-14)

The main aim of the workshop is to get together semanticists from two different "fashions" and - instead of separating the two sides as competing views - initiate a deeper conversation and collaboration between them. With the workshop we seek to provide a platform to further discuss parallelisms on specific semantic issues on the one hand and on the other hand to confront opposed claims from the two different perspectives.

The workshop will take place in Düsseldorf at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf in the Haus der Universität on April 12-13, 2014.

The workshop is organized in co-operation with the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991.


Peter Bosch (University of Osnabrück)
Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University)
Fritz Hamm (University of Tübingen)
Galit W. Sassoon (Bar Ilan University)
Martin Stokhof (University of Amsterdam)
Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University)

::: PROGRAM :::

Download here the Program Booklet with abstracts an practical information.

DAY 1: Saturday, 12 Apr

9.00-9.30 registration
9.30-10.00 opening
10.00-11.00 Invited talk
Peter Bosch
coffee break
11.30-12.00 Choonkyu Lee
Typicality knowledge in the truth-conditions of adjective-noun combinations
12.00-12.30 Ralf Naumann
Formal semantics, frame theory and the challenge from event-related potentials
12.30-13.00 Louise McNally
Distributional semantic representations as alternatives to descriptions over Carlsonian kinds
lunch break
14.30-15.30 Invited talk
Martin Stokhof
What cost naturalism?
15.30-16.00 Paul Dekker
The Live Principle of Compositionality
coffee break
16.30-17.00 Bridget Copley and Heidi Harley
Modeling branching as the origin of imperfectivity in a force-theoretic framework
17.00-18.00 Invited talk
Joost Zwarts
Back across the bridge
19.00- Workshop dinner

DAY 2: Sunday, 13 Apr

9.30-10.30 Invited talk
Galit W. Sassoon
Predictors of linguistic gradability
10.30-11.00 Bob Van Tiel and Bart Geurts
Truth and typicality in the interpretation of quantifiers
coffee break
11.30-12.00 Tillmann Pross and Antje Rossdeutscher
Sublexical bridging of formal and conceptual semantics
12.00-12.30 Natalia Zevakhina
Which semantics better accounts for the predicates embedding exclamatives?
12.30-13.00 Bridget Copley and Phillip Wolff
Exploring the hypothesis space for non-culmination
lunch break
14.30-15.30 Invited talk
Peter Gärdenfors
15.30-16.00 Scott Grimm, Lotte Hogeweg, Sander Lestrade,
Elizabeth Allyn Smith and Henk Zeevat
Lexical Meaning and Meaning in Use
coffee break
16.30-17.30 Invited talk
Fritz Hamm
17.30-18.00 General discussion & Closing


The Colloquium "Meaning and Cognition" in honor of Prof. Sebastian Löbner's 65th birthday will take place in Düsseldorf at the Haus der Universität on April 11, 2014.

Workshop participants can also register via the BRIDGE-14 registration form below to the Colloquium "Meaning and Cognition". The colloquium has no additional registration fees.


Registration for BRIDGE-14 is open. Please register via the online registration form below.

The registration deadline is 31 March, 2014.

The fees increase by € 20,- after 31 March. The registration fees include participation at the workshop + participation at the workshop dinner (exc. drinks). At a late registration we cannot guarantee your participation at the workshop dinner.

Workshop registration fees

Student: € 30,- (€ 50,- after 31 March)
Regular: € 50,- (€ 70,- after 31 March)

The registration fee can be paid cash on site.

BRIDGE-14 REGISTRATION FORM Date: 25 July, 2021, 16:40

First Name*:
Last Name*:


ZIP: Place:

Workshop registration as*

Attending the Colloquium in honor of Prof. Sebastian Löbner (Friday 11.04.2014): yes / no

Vegetarian: yes / no

Special requests:

::: VENUE :::

Haus der Universität
Schadowplatz 14
Düsseldorf, Germany

How to get there

From Düsseldorf Main Station (Haputbahnhof)

underground (U-Bahn) U76, U77, U78 or U79 to stop: Steinstraße/Königsallee
from there follow Berliner Allee for ca. 400m and turn left into Schadowstraße

From Düsseldorf Airport

S11 (S-Bahn) from Düsseldorf Airport Terminal to Düsseldorf Werhahn
at Düsseldorf Wehrhahn change to Tram 703 (direction: Kirchfeldstraße) to stop: Jan-Wellem Platz
the stop is about 100m far from the venue

Arriving by car

The venue is situated in a pedestrian area, whereby there are no parking areas belonging to the Haus der Universität. Please use the signposted covered car parks nearby: Schadow-Arkaden, Kö-Bogen and Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus.


In Düsseldorf you can find plenty of hotels, but do not wait long with booking, since hotels can be easily sold out. Here under you can find a list of nearby hotels.
You can also search yourself at or

Hotel Favor (****)
Schadowstraße 7, 40212 Düsseldorf
single room incl. breakfast: 140,00€ p.n.
BEST WESTERN Savoy Hotel (****)
Oststraße 128, 40210 Düsseldorf
single room excl. Breakfast: 80,00€ p.n.
Tryp by Wyndham Düsseldorf City Centre (***)
Kreuzstraße 19A, 40210 Düsseldorf
single room excl. breakfast: 60,00€ p.n.
Monopol Hotel (***)
Oststraße 135, 40210 Düsseldorf
single room incl. breakfast: 70,00€ p.n.
Altstadt Hotel Abode (**)
Hunsrückenstraße 35, 40213 Düsseldorf
single room incl. breakfast: 52,00€ p.n.

::: CONTACT :::

Program Chairs

Kata Balogh & Wiebke Petersen

Organizing Committee

Kata Balogh
Marie-Luise Fischer
Wiebke Petersen


Institute of Language and Information
Heinrich Heine University
Universitätsstraße 1
D-40225 Düsseldorf (Germany)