Workshop on "Countability"

September 16-17, 2013

The Collaborative Research Center and the Department of Linguistics

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany.

Multidisciplinary workshop which addresses theoretical and empirical issues (i) in the study of the mass/count distinction in the nominal domain, and (ii) the parallel distinction(s) in the verbal domain.

Workshop venue: Heinrich-Heine-Saal (Campus South), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Invited Speakers

  • David Barner (University of California, San Diego)
  • Jenny Doetjes (Universiteit Leiden)
  • Scott Grimm (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
  • Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universität and ZAS, Berlin )
  • Fred Landman (Tel Aviv University)
  • Henry Laycock (Queen’s University)
  • Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University)
  • Tobias Stadtfeld (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Roberto Zamparelli (Università degli Studi di Trento)

Call for Papers

Abstracts are solicited for presentations which address theoretical or empirical issues (i) in the study of the mass/count distinction in the nominal domain and/or (ii) the parallel distinction(s) in the verbal domain.

Topics of particular interest include (but are not limited to):

- Cognitive basis of countability, its grammatical manifestations and sources for the cross-linguistic      variation in its encoding
- Relations between count and non-count meanings, sort-shifting, type-shifting, and coercion
- Vagueness and gradations of individuation, mess and neat mass nouns
- Parallels and differences in the counting and measuring for noun and verb meanings
- Corpus-based and psychological evidence for the distinction between count and non-count meanings
- Computational modeling

Submission Details

Abstracts must be anonymous, no longer than 2 pages, in PDF format and sent via email to countability.ddorf.submitgmailcom.

Prospective speakers may submit abstracts for one single-authored and one co-authored paper. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. Abstracts should not include the authors' names, and authors are asked to avoid self-references.

After submitting your abstract, please send a separate email to countability.ddorf.submitgmailcom with the following information:

- Title of the talk
- Name of author(s)
- Affiliation(s)
- Address(es)
- Phone number(s)
- Email address(es)

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2013
Workshop date: 16 - 17 September 2013 (Get together on the 15th)  

Contact Information

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Workshop organizers & program committee


A call for contributions to a book based on workshop presentations will be issued after the workshop.







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