Workshop “The pragmatics of quantifiers: implicature and presupposition – experiment and theory”

Uli Sauerland (LISI, ZAS Berlin), Stephanie Solt (DegAtt, ZAS Berlin), Bob van Tiel (MUQTASP, ZAS Berlin)

Time and venue:
June 6th-7th, 2018 at ZAS Berlin, Trajekte-Raum, 3rd floor (→Map)
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The goal of this workshop is to bring together experimental and theoretical work on the pragmatics of quantifiers beyond “some” and “all”. In particular, we welcome submissions presenting work on the effects of quantification on implicature and presupposition.

Keynote speakers
Bart Geurts (University of Nijmegen), Martin Hackl (MIT), Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) and Ora Matushansky (University of Paris VIII)

Call for papers:
While much work in pragmatics focuses on contrasts between “some” and “all”, most other quantifiers (even “most”) receive only scant attention in the literature. This holds for both implicature and for presupposition, especially presupposition projection.
At the same time, the work that has been done indicates that there are important pragmatic differences between quantifiers. These differences affect, inter alia, the interpretation of donkey sentences (Kanazawa, 1994), cognitive and distributional profiles (Hackl, 2009 and Solt, 2016 on the difference between “most” and “more than half”), the order of acquisition (Katsos et al., 2016), the ease of logical inferencing (Geurts, 2003), the projection behaviour of presuppositions (Chemla, 2009), and the availability of scalar implicatures (Ariel, 2004).

We invite submissions for talks (40 minutes) and posters. Submissions should be anonymous and should not reveal the identities of the authors. Abstracts must not exceed two pages. Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format via EasyChair until April 15, 2018. Decisions will be announced by April 30, 2018. Questions about any aspect of the conference should be addressed to