Evening Lectures

The summer school is accompanied not only by several cultural and recreational events, but we have invited three further experts to give evening lectures. These lectures are not restricted to participants of the summer school but anybody who is interested is invited to attend.
Venue: The Evening Lectures are held in the Lecture Hall 1.101 on the first floor of Dorotheenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin.
Sigrid Beck (Tübingen University)
Title: Which alternatives?
Date: Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Abstract: The talk presents diachronic and crosslinguistic evidence that indeterminate phrases have a Hamblin alternative semantics. This includes their uses as polarity items, arguing against an analysis in terms of property alternatives. We explore some consequences for the analysis of polarity.
Barbara Kaup (Tübingen University)
Title: When do comprehenders take into account pragmatic aspects of negation during comprehension?
Date: Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Malte Zimmermann (University of Potsdam)
Title: How much do we know when we know who went to the party? Experimental investigations into the exhaustivity of embedded questions and the modulating effect of particles
Date: Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Abstract: In this talk, I present and discuss the results of four experiments carried out in the ExQ project (Bombi, Chark, Fricke, Onea, Zimmermann). The experiments deal (i.) with the interpretation of German embedded questions as strong exhaustive (SE) or intermediate exhaustive (IE), respectively, and (ii.) with how these readings are affected by the presence of the attenuating and quantifying particles schon and w-alles. Our results re (i.) confirm earlier findings of Chemla & Cremers (2017), but with different experimental methodologies. Both SE- and IE-readings are attested under the embedding verb wissen ‘know’, and the availability of the IE-reading increases with erzählen ‘tell’, which can be interpreted as a speech-act verb (Heim 1994). Re (ii.), we will show that the quantifying particle w-alles contributes to the at-issue meaning of embedded questions, contrary to claims in Reis (1992). In particular, the meaning of w-alles can be negated. Secondly, we will argue (and hopefully present experimental data) that the attenuating particle schon ‘in a sense’ pushes the meaning of embedded questions under wissen ‘know’ towards the weaker IE-interpretation. We also show that schon can be used to block other conversational implicatures, from which we conclude that the stronger SE-reading of embedded questions is also derived by pragmatic sttrengthening, as argued e.g. in Uegaki (2015).