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In onze taal zitten veel vooroordelen verstopt: een onderzoek naar generische zinnen als recept voor problemen
Interview Robert van Rooij in Trouw van 26 november 2019.For more information, see https://www.trouw.nl/religie-filosofie/in-onze-taal-zitten-veel-vooroordelen-verstopt-een-onderzoek-naar-generische-zinnen-als-recept-voor-problemen~b0620fa4/ or contact Robert van Rooij at R.A.M.vanRooij at uva.nl.
ILLC Events this week
(New) 9 December 2019, Causal Inference Lab reading groupLocation: Room F2.01 (PhD meeting room), ILLC, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
The Causal Inference Lab will meet on Monday to discuss the following paper:
Nadya Vasilyeva, Thomas Blanchard & Tania Lombrozo (2018), Stable Causal Relationships Are Better Causal Relationships doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12605
Everyone with an interest in causal reasoning is very welcome to come along!For more information, see http://projects.illc.uva.nl/cil/page_Reading-Group/ or contact Dean McHugh at d.m.mchugh at uva.nl.
10 December 2019, EXPRESS Seminar, Melissa FuscoSpeaker: Melissa Fusco (Columbia)Title: Sluicing on Free ChoiceLocation: ILLC Room F2.19, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
I explore the implications of the Tense Phrase deletion operation known as sluicing (Ross 1969) for the semantic and pragmatic literature on the Free Choice effect (Kamp, 1973; von Wright, 1969). I argue that the time-honored ‘I don’t know which’-riders on Free Choice sentences, traditionally taken to show that the effect is pragmatic, are sensitive to scope. Careful attention to such riders suggests that these sluices do not show cancellation on Free Choice antecedents in which disjunction scopes narrower than the modal.For more information, see https://inferentialexpressivism.com/seminar/10-december-2019-melissa-fusco/ or contact Leïla Bussière at bussiere at sequitur.eu.
11 December 2019, Truthmakers Semantics WorkshopLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
Speakers: Mark Jago (Nottingham), Peter Hawke (Amsterdam / St Andrews), Aybüke Özgün (Amsterdam / St Andrews), Janneke van Lith (Utrecht), Johannes Korbmacher (Utrecht), Maria Aloni (Amsterdam).For more information, see http://projects.illc.uva.nl/conceivability/Events/event/42/Truthmakers-Semantics-Workshop or contact Karolina Krzyżanowska at k.h.krzyzanowska at uva.nl.
(Updated) 12 December 2019, Logic and Interactive Rationality (LIRa), Hans van DitmarschSpeaker: Hans van Ditmarsch (CNRS, LORIA)Title: Dynamic epistemic logic for distributed computing – asynchrony and concurrencyLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, AmsterdamFor more information, see https://projects.illc.uva.nl/lgc/seminar/2019/09/lira-session-hans-van-ditmarsch/.
13 December 2019, joint EXPRESS-DiP Colloquium, Melissa FuscoSpeaker: Melissa Fusco (Columbia)Title: Agential Free ChoiceLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
Amended by submission by Leïla Bussière on 2019-11-26For more information, see here or at http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LoLa/DIP-Colloquium/event/35136/ or contact Giorgio Sbardolini at g.sbardolini at uva.nl.
13 December 2019, Cool Logic, Angelica HillSpeaker: Angelica HillTitle: Not-so-picky predicates: An analysis of Spanish's que+wh-phrase construction and the puzzle of question-embedding predicatesLocation: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
The literature on question-embedding predicates has generally focused on the restrictions of certain predicates and the complements they can take as argument. However, the discussion becomes even more convoluted when we take the analysis cross-linguistically. My presentation explores a construction that exists in Spanish, but not in English, which allows a speaker to unambiguously report a question that this construction demands a more detailed analysis of question-embedding predicates. I will present such an analysis as well as introduce a test in order to highlight a correlation between a property shared by all verbs that share this construction that take this construction, which is not shared by predicates that do not. It's going to be very verby!