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Call for abstracts: Theme session "Modality in the lexical semantics of verbs: opaque complements" at Modality in English 4

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  • Barbara Partee
    Dear everyone, This looks interesting, and I recommend it if it fits your interests. Barbara ... From: Christopher Piñón Date: Tue, Feb
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      Dear everyone,
      This looks interesting, and I recommend it if it fits your interests.
      Barbara

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      From: Christopher Piñón <cjpinon@...>
      Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 2:10 PM
      Subject: [sem] Theme session "Modality in the lexical semantics of verbs:
      opaque complements" at Modality in English 4
      To: semantik@...


      Hello,

      I just wanted to point out---because I fear that it's all too easy to
      miss :-( ---that I plan to organize a theme session "Modality in the
      lexical semantics of verbs: opaque complements" at *Modality in
      English 4 in Madrid on 9--11 September 2010*. Here is the official
      description of the theme session:

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      Modality in the lexical semantics of verbs: opaque complements. It is
      well-known that verbs with a modal or intensional component may select
      for an opaque complement, the classical example being verbs such as
      'believe' that express an attitude toward a proposition. However, in
      recent years, it has been suggested that a number of verbs with a
      modal component (e.g., 'look for', 'prevent', 'resemble', 'want',
      'need') are best analyzed as taking opaque complements that denote
      properties rather than propositions. Yet another idea is that such
      verbs may take intensions of quantifiers as their complements. The aim
      of this theme session is to explore questions such as---though not
      limited to---the following:

      1. What is the inventory of verbs that take opaque complements?
      2. How does one decide whether a given opaque complement is best
      analyzed as a proposition, a property, or the intension of a
      quantifier (or perhaps as something else)?
      3. What role does syntax play in the phenomenon of opaque complements?
      4. Can the choice of semantic complement ultimately be predicted
      from something more fundamental in the lexical semantics of the verbs
      in question?

      Papers for this theme session are welcome. Convenor: Christopher
      Piñón, Université de Lille 3 / STL UMR 8163

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      The home page of the conference is:

      http://www.ucm.es/centros/webs/se5065/index.php

      The page describing the theme sessions is:

      http://www.ucm.es/centros/webs/se5065/index.php?tp=&a=dir3&d=21574.php

      Unfortunately, for reasons that I don't understand (and which are
      beyond my control anyhow), the theme session described above isn't yet
      listed on the official call for papers :-( :

      http://www.telefonica.net/web2/juanrafaelzm/ModE4-SecondCallForPapers.pdf

      Note that the abstract deadline is *21 February 2010*, which is soon.
      :-( At the same time, the abstracts may be relatively short: 600--700
      words, excluding references. If you would like to submit to the theme
      session described above, please make this clear when submitting your
      abstract. Finally, if you miss the abstract deadline by not all too
      much and encounter resistance when submitting, please let me know. (I
      feel that since the theme session described above isn't yet on the
      call for papers, there has to be flexibility about the abstract
      deadline in this case.)

      I also personally welcome work comparing English with other languages
      in this respect.

      Regards,
      Christopher Pinon (cjpinon@...)
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