Congreso, coloquio o simposioInfoling 10.2 (2019)

Título:Discussion Day: The Individual/stage level contrast
Entidad organizadora:University of Greenwich
Lugar de celebración:Londres, Reino Unido
Fecha de celebración:24 de octubre de 2019
Circular Nº:1
Contacto:María J. Arche,

It has been about 45 years since Milsark (1974) and Carlson (1977) observed that differences in the properties of predicates have an impact in the grammaticality of, at least, existential, copular and small clauses and the interpretation of their subjects. Milsark defined the differences in terms of the contrast properties vs states; Carlson in terms of stages vs. that whatever-it-is that ties the stages together (the individual). The individual/stage dichotomy has occupied a prominent position in the criteria that define the distribution of predicates and the interpretation of their subjects since, e.g., There are shops in the corner/*big; Shops are in the corner (existential and generic reading); Shops are big (only generic); see Fábregas 2012 for a recent overview. Despite the general acceptance of the intuition behind the contrast, three big questions have been hanging over it. The first one relates to whether the distinction is a primitive or it can be derived from more basic properties of the grammar; the second one to the locus of the grammar it belongs and how it can be formalized (is it syntactic, semantic or pragmatic?); the third one to what counts as a diagnostic. Authors such as Kratzer (1988), Stowell (1991), Diesing (1992), McNally (1992), Chierchia (1995), Raposo & Uriagereka (1995), Maienborn (2004) famously provided very much influential accounts whereby the contrast is established in terms of presence/absence of a Davidsonian argument, generic operators, base generation of subjects inside or outside the VP and different mapping at LF, information structure or pragmatic inference. Recent literature proves that consensus has not been completely met yet. Husband (2010) has defended that the contrast can be understood in quantization terms (inner aspect), while Magri (2009), following Chierchia 2004, argues for a scalar based approach which resolves within the grammar rather than in the extra grammatical domain of pragmatics and defends there’s no need for a particular theory of individual level predicates. Does the individual/stage distinction exist at all? In what sense? The number of works in which it appears as the explanation for grammaticality contrasts or degrees of grammaticality are so numerous that it is not possible to do justice to it.

In this Discussion Day we will have the privilege to have authors that settled the scene in the field and others that have been very prominent in reviving the discussion of the Individual/Stage Level distinction by bringing new perspectives and new data that reveal that the famous dichotomy may not be consensually clear but is as alive as ever.

Área temática:Semántica, Sintaxis

9:00-9:15: Registration

9:15-9:30: Welcome

9:30-10:20: Professor Gennaro Chierchia, Harvard University
How generic are I-Level predicates? Remarks on Magri’s 2009 proposal

10:20-11:00: Professor Giorgio Magri, French National Centre for Scientific Research

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:20: Dr María J. Arche, University of Greenwich and Professor Timothy Stowell, University of California Los Angeles
Dispositional adjectives: characterizing and episodic predication

12:20-13:00: Dr Víctor Acedo-Matellán, University of Oxford

13:00-14:00: Lunch break

14:00-14:50: Dr Matthew Husband, University of Oxford
Decomposing States

14:50-15:30: Dr Vera Hohaus, University of Manchester

15:30-16:20: Professor Molly Diesing, Cornell University
Stage and Individual Level Predicates at the Syntax and Semantics Interface

16:20-17:00: Professor Louise Mc Nally, University Pompeu Fabra

17:00-17:15: Coffee Break

17:15-18:00: Open Discussion
Where in the grammar does the IL/SL distinction reside?

19:00: Dinner

Comité científico

María J. Arche, University of Greenwich

Antonio Fábregas, Universitet i Tromsø

Rafael Marín, CNRS & Université de Lille

Comité organizador

María J. Arche, University of Greenwich

Antonio Fábregas, Universitet i Tromsø

Rafael Marín, CNRS & Université de Lille

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Remitente:Rafael Marín
Institución: CNRS & Université de Lille
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Fecha de publicación en Infoling:4 de octubre de 2019