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8-12 August 2011, ESSLLI-2011 workshop 'Proper Use of Quantification in Ordinary Language' (PUQOL), Ljubljana, Slovenia

Date: 8-12 August 2011
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Deadline: 15 February 2011

In Generalized Quantifier Theory (GQT) and Discourse Representation Theory (DRT), many quantifiers are semantically identical to one another: most and more than half; at least three, more than two and three; and about 100 and some 100. Even when there is no identity, the meanings of quantifiers overlap, and many quantifiers could be used truthfully to describe the same situation. Nevertheless, the choice of a specific quantifier by a speaker has semantic and pragmatic consequences, and listeners are sensitive to the subtleties of a speaker's choice. The goal of a theory of quantifier use is an account of how speakers choose one of the many true quantifiers and how listeners interpret a speaker's choice. The PUQOL workshop aims to bring together current research within semantics, logic, pragmatics, and cognitive science that addresses quantifier use within the perspective of model theoretic semantics and pragmatics.

PUQOL will take place as part of the 23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2011).

For more information, see http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_puqol.html

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (including discussion) on any topic relating to the theme of quantifier use. Submission deadline: February 15, 2011

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