Call for abstracts: Theme session "Modality in the lexical semantics of verbs: opaque complements" at Modality in English 4
- Dear everyone,
This looks interesting, and I recommend it if it fits your interests.
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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
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:
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
Papers for this theme session are welcome. Convenor: Christopher
Piñón, Université de Lille 3 / STL UMR 8163
The home page of the conference is:
The page describing the theme sessions is:
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 :-( :
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.
Christopher Pinon (cjpinon@...)
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