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C09: A frame-based analysis of countability

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Funding period : 01.07.2015 – 30.06.2019

Project C09 develops a frame-based theory of countability, focusing on (i) the fine-grained analysis of units of counting and measuring in the semantic representation of nominal expressions, which motivates the count vs. mass distinction, and its extensions to the parallel event vs. process aspectual distinction in the verbal domain, and (ii) shifts of meaning between count and non-countinterpretations. The theoretical point of departure is Type Theory with Records (TTR, Cooper), as it offers an integration of frame semantics with a logic based on lambda abstraction and functional application; C09 will extend it with a fine-grained account of mereological and aspectual properties.

Head of the project

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hana Filip, PhD
Lehrstuhl Semantik (Program in Semantics)
Institut für Sprache und Information
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Building 24.53, Room 00.94
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Germany
E-mail: filip@phil.hhu.de

Staff

Dr. Peter Sutton
Postdoctoral Researcher
Phone: +49 211 81-10384
Email: Peter.Sutton@uni-duesseldorf.de

Kurt Erbach
Doctoral Student
Phone: +49 211 81-10384
Email: Kurt.Erbach@uni-duesseldorf.de

Semantics and Pragmatics Exchange Colloquium (SemPrE)

Wednesdays, 12:30pm
Gebäude 23.32, Ebene 02, Raum 63
The SemPrE Calendar
List of talks and abstracts

SFB 991-Collaborations

A Frame-Theoretic Model of Bayesian Category Learning
Sam Taylor (D02) & Peter Sutton (C09)

Applications of Probability Theory in Linguistics
Henk Zeevat (Mercator Fellow), Peter Sutton (C09), & Vasiliki Tsouni (D05)

Intonation and evaluative bias in some-exclamatives
Curt Anderson (C10), Kurt Erbach (C09), & Ruben van de Vijver (D05)

Stochastic Frames
Annika Schuster (D01), Corina Stroessner (D01), Peter Sutton (C09), & Henk Zeevat (Mercator Fellow)

In press & in preparation

Burnett, H., & P. Sutton. (Accepted). Vagueness and Natural Language Semantics. In: L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullman and T. E. Zimmermann. Invited contribution to the Blackwell Companion to Semantics. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Erbach, K., H. Filip & P. Sutton (Accepted). Bare nouns and the Hungarian mass/count distinction. Submitted to the Proceedings of TbiLLC 2017.

Erbach, K. (In preparation). A unified analysis of plural nouns in Greek. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 23, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Filip, H. Aspect. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

Filip, H. Counting and Measuring of Nouns and Verbs (working title). Under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Filip, H. “Grammaticalization of Generic Markers.” In: Habituality and Genericity in Flux. A special issue of Linguistics, edited by Nora Boneh and Łukasz Jedrzejowski.

Filip, H. “Lexical Aspect”. (Under final review). In: L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullman and T.E. Zimmermann. Invited contribution to the Blackwell Companion to Semantics. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip (Under review). Coercion: container, contents and measure interpretations. Submitted to OSLa.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. (Accepted). The count/mass distinction and mass-to-count coercion for ‘granular’ nouns. In Hana Filip (ed.), Counting and Measuring of Nouns and Verbs, Under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Taylor, S. & P. Sutton. (Accepted). A Frame-Theoretic Model of Bayesian Category Learning.  Proceedings of CoSt16.

2018

Erbach, K. 2018. Fighting for a share of the covers. In J. Sikos (ed.), Proceedings of the ESSLLI 2018 Student Session. <Link>

Sutton, P.R. 2018. Probabilistic approaches to vagueness and semantic competency. Erkenntnis 83(4): 711-740. <publisher’s link>

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Restrictions on Subkind Coercion in Object Mass Nouns. In R. Truswell, C. Cummins, C. Heycock, B. Rabern, and H. Rohde (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21. University of Edinburgh. pp. 1195-1213.<publisher’s link> <open access publisher’s link>

2017

Erbach, K., P. R. Sutton, H. Filip, & K. Byrdeck. “Object Mass Nouns in Japanese”. In: A. Cremers, T. van Gessel, & F. Roelofsen eds.  Proceedings of the 21st Amsterdam Colloquium. pp 235-244. <Link>

Filip, H. The Semantics of Perfectivity.  Italian Journal of Linguistics 29(1). Pp. 167-200. <publisher’s link>

Filip, H. & P. Sutton.  (2017) “Singular Count NPs in Measure Constructions”. In: D. Burgdorf, J. Collard, S. Maspong & B Stefánsdóttir, SALT 27 (Semantics and Linguistic Theory), University of Maryland, College Park, USA. pp. 340-357.  <Link>

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. “A probabilistic, mereological account of the mass/count distinction”. In: H. Hansen, S. Murray, M. Sadrzadeh &H. Zeevat (eds.),  Logic, Language and Computation, 11th TbiLLC Symposium, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 10148. Springer. pp. 146-170 <pdf publisher’s link>

Sutton, P & H. Filip.  Individuation, reliability, and the Mass/Count Distinction. Journal of Language Modelling 5(2): 303-352. A special issue edited by Robin Cooper and Christian Retoré. <open access publishers link>

2016

Sutton, P., Filip, H. “Countability: Individuation and Context”. In: A. Foret, G. Morrill, R. Muskens, R. Osswald, and S. Pogodalla (eds.) Proceedings of Formal Grammar 20th and 21st International conferences. Springer. pp.290-305. <prefinal version> <publisher’s link>

Sutton, P., Filip, H. “Counting in context: Count/mass variation and restrictions on coercion in collective artifact nouns”. In: Moroney, Mary, Little, Carol-Rose, Collard, Jacob & Burgdorf, Dan (Eds.), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 26, 350-370. LSA and CLC Publications.  <publisher’s link>

Sutton, P., Filip, H. “Mass/count variation, a mereological, two-dimensional semantics”. In: S. Rothstein & J Šķilters (Eds.), The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, Vol. 11. New Prarie Press. pp. 1-45. <publisher’s link>

Sutton, P., Filip, H. “Vagueness, overlap, and countability”. In: N. Bade, P. Berezovskaya & A. Schöller (eds.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20, University of Tübingen. pp. 730-747.  <semantics archive>

2015

Sutton, P. “Towards a probabilistic semantics for vague adjectives”. In: H. Zeevat and H-C. Schmitz (eds.) Bayesian Natural Language Semantics and Pragmatics. Language, Cognition, and Mind Volume 2. Springer. pp. 221-246.

2014

Zinova, Y. & H. Filip. “Meaning Components in the Constitution of Russian Verbs: Presuppositions or implicatures?” In: T. Snider, S. D’Antonio & M. Weigand (eds.) SALT (Semantics and Linguistic Theory) 24, New York University, New York, USA. pp. 353-372.

Zinova, Y. & H. Filip. “Scalar Implicatures of Russian Verbs.” Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 23, University of California at Berkeley, Berkely, USA.

Zinova, Y. & H. Filip.  “The Role of Derivational History in Aspect Determination.” With Yulia Zinova. The 10th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages(FDSL-10), University of Leipzig, Germany.

Zinova, Y. & H. Filip. “Biaspectual Verbs: A Marginal Category?”. Proceedings of the Tenth Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation, edited by Martin Aher, Emil Jerabek, Daniel Hole and Clemens Kupke.  pp. 310-332.

Presentations
2018

Anderson, C., K. Erbach and R. van de Vijver Intonation and evaluative bias in some-exclamatives. 19th Szklarska Poreba Workshop. Szklarska Poreba, Poland, February 2018.

Erbach, K. Plurals have magnitude. The 19th Szklarska Poreba Workshop, February 2018.

Erbach, K., H. Filip, P. Sutton, & K. Byrdeck. Object Mass as an Arbiter for the Mass/Count Category. The Count-Mass Distinction – A Linguistic Misunderstanding?, May 2018.

Erbach, K., H. Filip, P. Sutton, & K. Byrdeck. Object Mass Nouns Nouns in Japanese. One-to-many relations in morphology, syntax, and semantics workshop at The 40th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, March 2018.

Filip, H. & P. Sutton  “Individuation, Context and the Mass/Count Distinction” (based on the joint work with Peter Sutton). OASIS Network Workshop: Nominal phrase meaning, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Leibniz-ZAS, Berlin, Germany. January, 2018.

Filip, H.  “Event Individuation via Derived Measurement.” Invited speaker talk at the Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Preposition, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. June, 2018.

Schuster, A., Strößner, C., Sutton, P. & Zeevat, H. Stochastic frames. Presented at:  – Uncertainty in Meaning and Representation in Linguistics and Philosophy. Jelenia  Góra, February, 2018. – Workshop on Records, Frames, and attribute spaces. Berlin, March, 2018 – CRC 991 Colloquium. HHU Düsseldorf. April, 2018.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Coercion: container, contents and measure readings. The Count-Mass Distinction – A Linguistic Misunderstanding?, May 2018.

Sutton, P. Some thoughts on connecting Düsseldorf Frames and TTR. Workshop on Records, Frames, and attribute spaces. Berlin, March, 2018.

 

2017

Byrdeck, K., K. Erbach, P. Sutton & H. Filip. Object Mass Nouns in Japanese. The 18th Szklarska Poreba Workshop, March 2017.

Erbach, K., H. Filip & P. Sutton. “Hungarian measure phrases, bare singular nouns, and mass/count distinction”. TbiLLC 2017: The 12th International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation, Lagodekhi, Georgia.

Erbach, K. P. Sutton, H. Filip & K. Byrdeck. Object Mass Nouns in Japanese. The 21st Amsterdam Colloquium. December 2017.

Filip, H. & P. Sutton.  “Singular Count NPs in Measure Constructions” (based on the joint work with Peter Sutton). Colloquium talk, Department of Linguistics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. November, 2017.

Filip, H. “Singular Count NPs in Measure Constructions.” Semantics Workshop, Organizer: Susan Rothstein, Department of English/Gonda Brain Research Centre, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.  September 2017.

Filip, H. & P. Sutton. Singular Count NPs in Measure Constructions. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 27. University of Maryland, College Park, May 2017

Sutton, P. “Vagueness as the product of learning over a noisy channel”. TbiLLC 2017: The 12th International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation, Lagodekhi, Georgia. September 2017.

Sutton, P.  Restrictions on subkind coercion in object mass nouns. Philosophisches Seminar, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. June 2017.

Sutton, P. Prototypes as Bayesian networks. Workshop on probabilistic approaches to (prototype) concepts. University of Salzburg. September, 2017.

Sutton, P. and H. Filip.“Mass-to-count coercion in ‘granular’ nouns.” Workshop on Coercion Across Linguistic Fields. The 39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 2017.

 

2016

Filip, H. and P. Sutton. “Mass/Count Variation: A Two-Dimensional Semantics.” Colloquium talk. Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. November, 2016.

Filip, H. “Perfectivity: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective.“ Workshop on Verbal aspect in contrast: Evidence from Slavic, Romance and Germanic languages, The Norwegian Institute in Rome, Italy

Filip, H. “Restrictions on Subkind Coercion in Superordinate Object Mass Nouns”. Semantics Workshop. Organizer: Susan Rothstein, Department of English, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.

Filip, H. “Restrictions on Subkind Coercion.” The 6th Annual Bar-Ilan Slavic/Semantics Workshop. Organizer: Susan Rothstein, Department of English/Gonda Brain Research Centre, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Filip, H. “The Semantics of Perfectivity”. Workshop on The profile of event delimitation. Organizers: Lucia. M. Tovena (Université Paris VII) and Marta Donazzan (University of Cologne). The 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.

Filip, H. & P. Sutton. Rothstein’s puzzle: Why can’t we count object mass nouns? The 6th Annual Bar-Ilan Slavic & Semantics Workshop, Bar-Ilan University Gonda Brain Research Center, September 2016.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Countability: Individuation and Context. Formal Grammar 21. University of Bolzano/Bozen. August 2016

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Count/Mass Variation and Constraints on Mass-to-Count Coercion. Countability Workshop, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, June 2016.

Sutton, P. And H. Filip. A probabilistic, mereological account of the mass-count distinction. CLASP Seminar, University of Gothenburg. November, 2016.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Restrictions on subkind coercion in object mass nouns. Linguistischer Arbeitskreis, Universität Köln, November 2016.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Restrictions on subkind coercion in superordinate object mass nouns. Sinn und Bedeutung 21, University of Edinburgh, September 2016.

 

2015

Filip, H. Five lectures on aspect, genericity and the mass/count distinction. Department of Linguistics, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, October 2015.

Filip, H. Grammaticalization of Generic Markers.  Workshop on Habituality and Genericity in Flux, at the 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, University of Naples (Italy), July 2015.

Filip, H. Towards a Typology of Perfective Operators. The Aspectual Semantic Zone:  Typology of Systems and Scripts of Diachronic Progresses. Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan, November 2015.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. A probabilistic, mereological account of the mass/count distinction. TbiLLC 2015, University of Tbilisi, September 2015.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Countability in probabilistic mereological type theory with records. Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 8 (SPE8), University of Cambridge, September 2015

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Mass/Count Variation: a Mereological 2D Supervaluationist Semantics. 11th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication Number: Cognitive, Semantic and Crosslinguistic Approaches, Riga, December 2015.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Probabilistic, Mereological TTR and the Mass/Count Distinction. Type Theory and Lexical Semantics (TYTLES) at ESSLLI 2015, Barcelona, August 2015

2014

Filip, H. “Generics and Habitual Markers.” Workshop on Slavic Linguistics organized by Susan Rothstein, Department of English/Gonda Brain Research Centre, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. March, 2014.

Filip, H. “Characterizing Genericity.” Colloquium talk, Department of Linguistics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. March, 2014.

Filip, H. “Weak and Strong Telicity.” Workshop on Identification and Delimitation of Events (DelimitEvent), organized by Lucia Tovena and Marta Donazzan with the support of the Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques (FR 2559), Université Paris 7, UFR de Linguistique, Paris, France. March, 2014.

Filip, H. “Habituals and Genericity.” Colloquium talk, Department of Linguistics, University of Rochester, USA. February, 2014.

2013

Filip, H. “The Dimension of change: A factor in the robustness of telic interpretations.” Workshop on Slavic Linguistics. Organizer: Susan Rothstein, Department of English/Gonda Brain Research Centre, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.  March, 2013.

2012

Filip, H. “Talking generically.” Workshop on Slavic Linguistics. Organizer: Susan Rothstein, Department of English/Gonda Brain Research Centre, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.  March, 2012.

2011

Filip, H. “Measures on Events.” Colloquium talk, Department of Slavic Languages and Department of Linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany. December, 2011.

Filip, H.  “Prefixes and the aspectual structure of verbs.” Workshop on Particle Verbs and Lexical Aspect University of Stuttgart, Germany. December, 2011.

Posters

Erbach, K. P. Sutton, H. Filip & K. Byrdeck. Object Mass Nouns in Japanese. The 92st Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, Salt Lake City, UT, January 2018.

Erbach, K. Bare singular nouns in Hungarian and the mass/count distinction. The 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, Austin, TX, January 2017.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Counting in Context. SALT 26, University of Austin Texas. June 2016.

Sutton, P. & H. Filip. Vagueness, Overlap and Countability. Sinn und Bedeutung 20, University of Tübingen, September 2015.

Semantics and Pragmatics Exchange (SemPrE)

Wednesday, 12:30 pm
Building 23.32, Level 02, Room 63
The SemPrE Calendar
List of talks and abstracts

08.-09.03.2018 Applications of probability theory in linguistics
With Hendrik Zeevat and Vasiliki Tsouni
Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society
(DGfS – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)
08.-10.03.2017 Coercion Across Linguistic Fields
Saarbrücken, with Laura Kallmeyer
Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society
(DGfS – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)
15.-19.08.2016 Countability in the Nominal and Verbal Domains
28th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
06.-07.06.2016 Workshop on Countability
Heinrich Heine University, Collaborative Research Center 991
16.-17.09.2013 Workshop on Countability
Heinrich Heine University, Collaborative Research Center 991