Meaning in Flux 2017

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Description:


Meaning in flux: connecting development, variation, and change

Yale University, New Haven, CT

October 12th-14th, 2017

Description. The connections between meanings and the way in which they are linguistically packaged and conveyed vary systematically within a speech community and change systematically over time.  Although many synchronic and diachronic patterns that instantiate such varying connections have been well described, understanding the cognitive and communicative motivations of such systematic variability and change would provide crucial bridging between and integration of the discourse-based, linguistic, conceptual, and cognitive components that are expected to support such meaning dynamics. This is the focus of the workshop.

We invite abstracts for talks and posters at the intersection of semantics/pragmatics, information/discourse structure, language variation, development, and change, from empirical and experimental perspectives addressing this question.  We highly encourage submissions presenting in-progress empirical and experimental results, covering both methodological challenges as well as connections between existing semantic or pragmatic analyses to cognitively grounded explanatory models.

Specifically, in this workshop we would like to address the following questions:

(a) to what extent are trajectories of meaning dynamics construable as dynamics that emerge from and are and guided by real-time implementation of the architecture of language and the larger cognitive system?

(b) how are the actuation and propagation of these dynamics driven by discourse context and other communicative constraints?

(c) are there causal relations between the arcs of acquisition/development and change as they are informed by processing constraints?

We are planning this very much as a workshop with discussion driven by  foundational questions on meaning development, variation and change and the struggle of messy data. As exemplified by our invited speakers, we are seeking to bring together all kinds of perspectives on meaning representation, including model-theoretic, discourse representation, conceptual semantics/pragmatics, and all experimental and empirical approaches.

Invited speakers:

Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University

Lyn Frazier, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University

Ann Senghas, Barnard College

Mandy Simons, Carnegie Mellon University

Sponsors: Yale Linguistics Department, Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office, NSF-INSPIRE (#1248100) grant to Maria Piñango (Yale), Ashwini Deo (OSU), Mokshay Madiman (UDel) and Todd Constable (Yale).

Scientific committee:

Hans Boas, University of Texas at Austin

António Branco, University of Lisbon

Kathryn Davidson, Harvard University

Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University

María Piñango, Yale University

Petra Schumacher, University of Cologne

Heike Wiese, University of Potsdam

Eva Wittenberg, University of California, San Diego

Organizing committee:

Martín Fuchs, María Piñango, Sara Sánchez-Alonso, Muye Zhang.


Program:

Short abstracts for each talk can be found here

All workshop talks will be held in Linsly-Chittenden Hall.

Thursday

1.00-3.00p

Registration 

3.00-3.30p

Welcome 

María Mercedes Piñango, Yale University

3.30-4.30p

Semantic theory as the study of human concepts

Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University

Session 1 

4.30-4.50p

Do different types of cognitive effects reflect the diachronic stage of use conditions?

Petra Schumacher, University of Cologne

4.50-5.10p

Mind the generation gap: Differences between young and old in everyday lexical categories

Anne White, University of Leuven

Barbara Malt, Lehigh University

Gert Storms, University of Leuven

Steven Verheyen, École Normale Supérieure

5.10-5.30p

Meaning-making and signal change in the gestural communication of baby great apes

Federico Rossano, The University of California, San Diego

5.30-6.00p

Discussion 1

María Mercedes Piñango, moderator

6.00-8.00p

Welcome reception

Friday

8.00-8.30a

Breakfast

8.30-9.30a

Connecting language acquisition and language emergence: Clues from Nicaraguan Sign Language

Ann Senghas, Barnard College

Session 2 

9.30-9.50a

The emergence of focus in a laboratory communication game

Gareth Roberts, University of Pennsylvania

Jon Stevens, The Ohio State University

9.50-10.10a

Reconciling the effect of frequency on semantic extension in language acquisition and language change

Zara Harmon, University of Oregon

Vsevolod Kapatsinski, University of Oregon

10.10-10.30a

Roles of meaning predictability in language production and learning

Chigusa Kurumada, University of Rochester

Scott Grimm, University of Rochester

10.30-11.00a

Discussion 2

Lyn Frazier, moderator

11.00-11.30a

Coffee break 

Session 3 

11.30-11.50a

Must be tricky: On using child experimental studies to test diachronic predictions

Ailís Cournane, New York University

11.50-12.10p

Acquisition of copula distinction in Venezuelan Spanish: a comparison study between children and adults

Fraibet Aveledo, University of Reading

Sara Sánchez Alonso, Yale University

María Mercedes Piñango, Yale University

12.10-12.30p

Discussion 3

Muye Zhang, moderator

12.30-12.45p

Break 

12.45-2.00p

Lunch 

1.00-2.00p

Bridging the gap: bringing concepts into content

Mandy Simons, Carnegie Mellon University

2.00-2.15p

Break

Session 4

2.15-2.35p

Why looking for a blue triangle is different in English than in Spanish

Paula Rubio-Fernandez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.35-2.55p

Schematic motivation, constructions and prototypicality in discourse.  From FILL to PAY in Ancient Greek

Georgios Ioannou, Universidad de Chile

2.55-3.15p

The verbatim-access effect: Implicature interpretation in context

Muffy Siegel, University of Pennsylvania

Hezekiah Akiva Bacovcin, University of Pennsylvania

Jérémy Zehr, University of Pennsylvania

Lynne Steuerle Schofield, Swarthmore College

Florian Schwarz, University of Pennsylvania

3.15-3.45p

Discussion 4

Sara Sánchez Alonso, moderator

3.45-4.15p

Coffee break

Session 5

4.15-4.35p

When one must learn multiple meanings for one word: Learning polysemy

Sammy Floyd, Princeton University

Charlotte Jeppsen, Princeton University

Sarah Reid, Princeton University

Adele Goldberg, Princeton University

4.35-4.55p

‘Cutting’, ‘tearing’, and ‘breaking’ in Mandarin, Tzeltal, and Tamil child language

Jidong Chen, California State University, Fresno

Bhuvana Narasimhan, University of Colorado, Boulder

Penelope Brown, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

4.55-5.15p

Finding the way: The role of language in isolating motion event components in non-linguistic events

Roberta Golinkoff, University of Delaware

Haruka Konishi, Michigan State University

Natalie Brezack, University of Chicago

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University

5.15-5.45p

Discussion 5

Ann Senghas, moderator

7.00-10.00p

Suggested activity

Harvest celebration & Contra dance: http://www.newhavenfarms.org/uncategorized/4th-annual-harvest-celebration-contra-dance

Saturday

8.00-8.30a

Breakfast

8.30-9.30a

Blending, unblending and the rise of uninterpretable features

Lyn Frazier, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Session 6

9.30-9.50a

How communicative contexts affect meaning change and pragmaticalization: The register-dependent development of the German particle so

Kathleen Schumann, University of Potsdam

9.50-10.10a

Then too…

Benjamin Slade, The University of Utah

Aniko Csirmaz, The University of Utah

10.10-10.30a

On the development of adverbial prospective clauses

Lukasz Jedrzejowski, University of Cologne

10.30-11.00a

Discussion 6

Ashwini Deo, moderator

11.00-11.30a

Coffee break

Session 7

11.30-11.50a

Embedded V2 is anti-licensed by discourse familiarity

Spencer Caplan, University of Pennsylvania

Kajsa Djärv, University of Pennsylvania

11.50-12.10p

Non-native speaker identity influences pragmatic judgments

Sarah Fairchild, University of Delaware

Anna Papafragou, University of Delaware

12.10-12.30p

Factivity, definiteness, and clausal complementation

Kajsa Djärv, University of Pennsylvania

12.30-1.00p

Discussion 7

Ray Jackendoff, moderator

1.00-2.45p

Lunch

Session 8

1.15-1.35p

Cognitive constraints behind the unfolding lexico-semantic battle for Swedish PINK and PURPLE

Susanne Vejdemo, The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, Queens College

1.35-1.55p

Roles of prototypes vs. situation-based inferences in the learning of absolute gradable adjectives

Crystal Lee, University of Rochester

Chigusa, Kurumada, University of Rochester

1.55-2.15p

GIVE in Vera’a

Stefan Schnell, University of Melbourne

2.15-2.45p

Discussion 8

Mandy Simons, moderator

2.45-3.15p

Coffee break

Session 9

3.15-3.35p

A formal semantic analysis of two types of locative-to-aspect grammaticalization paths

Hongyuan Dong, George Washington University

3.35-3.55p

Between zero and optional progressives: A case study across varieties of German

Dankmar Enke, LMU Munich

Roland Mühlenbernd, University Ca’ Foscari Venezia

3.55-4.15p

Discussion 9

Martín Fuchs, moderator

4.15-5.15p

Fine-tuning the progression of grammaticalization paths

Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University

5.15-5.45p

Workshop conclusion

María Mercedes Piñango, Yale University

6.00-9.00p

Party


Registration:

Please register using this form before Monday, September 25, 2017.


Transportation & accommodation: 

 
Transportation

1. New York Kennedy Airport (JFK)

     a. Public transit option 1: approx. 4 hours and $20
          i. From any terminal, take the AirTrain to Jamaica Station ($5): 10-20 min
          ii. Manhattan-bound E train subway to 53/5th ($2.75): 1 hour
          iii. Walk to Grand Central Terminal: 10 min
          iv. MetroNorth train to New Haven Union Station ($17.50): 2 hours
          v. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)
     b. Public transit option 2: approx. 3 hours and $36
          i. From any terminal, take the NYC Airporter bus to Grand Central Terminal ($18): 0.5-1.5 hours
          ii. MetroNorth train to New Haven Union Station ($17.50): 2 hours
          iii. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)
     c. Private car service: 1.5-3 hours and $50-100
     d. Car-sharing (Uber/Lyft): 1.5-2 hours and $150-200

2. Newark Liberty Airport (EWR)

     a. Public transit option 1: 3.5 hours and $35
          i. From any terminal, Airtrain to Newark Airport station (free with train ticket), NJ Transit from Newark Airport station (EWR) to New York Penn Station (NYP): 1 hour and $14
          ii. Walk/subway to Grand Central Terminal: 30 min and free/$2.75
          OR from NYP, see Item 7 below
          iii. MetroNorth train to New Haven Union Station ($17.50): 2 hours
          iv. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)
     b. Public transit option 2: 2.5 hours and $37+
          i. From any terminal, Airtrain to Newark Airport station (free with train ticket), Amtrak from Newark Airport station (EWR) to New Haven Union Station (NHV): 2.5 hours and $37+
          ii. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)

3. LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

     a. Public transit option 1: 2.5 hours and $20
          i. From any terminal, take the M60 express bus to Harlem 125th Street Station: 30 min and $2.75
          ii. MetroNorth train to New Haven Union Station ($17.50): 2 hours
          iii. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)
     b. Public transit option 2: 2.5-3 hours and $35 
          i. From any terminal, take the take the NYC Airporter bus to Grand Central Terminal ($18): 0.5-1.5 hours
          ii. MetroNorth train to New Haven Union Station ($17.50): 2 hours
          iii. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)
     c. Car-sharing/private car: 1.5-3 hours and $50-200

4. Hartford Bradley Airport (BDL)

     a. Car-sharing/private car: 1-2 hours: $50-100

5. Boston Logan Airport (BOS)

     a. Public transit: 3 hours and $10+
          i. From any terminal, take the Silver line to South Station: 15 min and free from the airport/$2.25 to the airport
          ii. From South Station:
               1. take Megabus/other bus to New Haven Union Station: 2.5 hours and $10+
               2. take Amtrak to New Haven Union Station: 2.5 hours and $42+
          iii. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)

6. New Haven Tweed Airport (HVN)

     a. Car-sharing/taxi: 10-15 minutes and $10-15

7. New York Penn Station (NYP)

     a. Amtrak to New Haven Union Station: 1.5 hours and $30+
     b. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)

8. New York Grand Central Station (GCT)

     a. MetroNorth: 2 hours and $17.50
     b. Car-share/taxi/bus/walk to Yale/downtown (see Item 10 below)

9. I-95

     a. Exit 46/7

10. New Haven Union Station to Yale/downtown

     a. Car-share: Uber/Lyft usually <$10 for anywhere in Yale/downtown
     b. Taxi: usually <$15 for anywhere in Yale/downtown
     c. City bus: free GREEN bus every 20 minutes to New Haven Green (center of downtown)
     d. Yale shuttle: free RED shuttle every 15-30 min to Yale campus (weekday daytime) or free BLUE shuttle every 30 min to Yale campus (weeknights and weekends)
     e. Walk: 1 mile (20-30 min) to Yale/downtown 

More exhaustive information: http://to.yale.edu

 
Accommodation

1. Downtown hotels

     a. New Haven Hotel: http://www.newhavenhotel.com
     c. The Study: http://www.thestudyatyale.com

2. Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/s/New-Haven–CT