Workshop on “The Processing of Negation and Polarity”

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September 30 2020

Time Event
14:00-16:00 Warm-UP at Gathertown (

Day 01, October 01 2020

Time Event
09:00-09:15 Warm-UP
09:15-09:30 Opening
09:30-10:15 Invited talk: David Beltrán
On the reuse of inhibitory mechanisms by negation
10:15-10:40 Carolin Dudschig and Barbara Kaup
Negation and its associations in the non-linguistic domain
10:40-11:10 COFFEE BREAK (30 minutes)
11:10-11:35 Katharina Schaebbicke, Heiko Seeliger, and Sophie Repp
The landscape of German NPIs and their licensing conditions – a quantitative exploration
11:35-12:00 Ira Noveck, Nicolas Petit, Ye Tian, and Guiseppina Turco
Going beyond semantics: The pragmatics of responding Si to a negative question
12:00-12:45 Invited talk: Sophie Repp
Responses to negative questions: question bias and the meaning of ‘yes’ and ‘no’
12:45-13:45 LUNCH BREAK (60 minutes)
13:45-14:10 Eva Klingvall and Fredrik Heinat
Monotone Decreasing Quantifiers and Polarity
14:10-14:35 Natalia Zevakhina and Veronika Prigorkina
The role of negation, clause order and face in derivation of Conditional Perfection
14:35-15:00 Mingya Liu and Mathias Barthel
The Semantics, Pragmatics and Processing of Conditional Connectives – German ‘wenn’, ‘nur wenn’, and ‘wenn und nur wenn’
15:00-16:30 COFFEE BREAK + POSTER SESSION (90 minutes)
  1. Elena Albu, Oksana Tsaregorodtseva, and Barbara Kaup
    Contrary to expectations: Does context influence the processing cost associated with negation?
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  2. Yanwei Jin and Jean-Pierre Koenig
    The production and comprehension of expletive negation across languages
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  3. Siqi Lyu and Chien-Jer Charles Lin
    The time course of negation integration in establishing interclausal relations
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  4. Martina Montalti, Marta Calbi, Valentina Cuccio, Giovanni Mirabella, Maria Alessandra Umiltà, and Vittorio Gallese
    Is motor inhibition involved in the processing of sentential negation? An assessment via the Stop Signal Task
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  5. Isabel Orenes
    No effect of negation in counterfactual conditionals: Evidence from eye-tracking studies
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  6. Nicolas Ruytenbeek
    Negated adjectives: Disentangling inference to the antonym from linguistic acceptability
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  7. Juliane Schwab, Mingya Liu and Jutta Mueller
    On the acquisition of polarity items: 11- to 12-year-olds’ comprehension of German NPIs and PPIs
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16:30-16:55 Hanna Muller, Iria de Dios Flores, Celeste Joy, Philip Resnik, and Colin Phillips
An environment-based account of negative polarity illusions
16:55-17:20 Vishal Sunil Arvindam, Maxime Tulling, and Ailís Cournane
2-year-olds process negation online: Evidence from eye-tracking
17:20-18:05 Invited Talk: Richard Breheny
Verifying negative sentences
18:05 – Get-together at Gathertown (
19:00 Dinner (Bombay, Friedrichstr. 106c)

Day 02, October 02 2020

Time Event
9:30-10:00 Warm-UP
10:00-10:45 Invited Talk: Mante Nieuwland
Incremental processing of negation: What can be learned from ERPs?
10:45-11:10 Johanna Sommer, Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Arne Nagels, Walter Bisang, and Yifei He
Polarity effects in negated sentences with and without truth value reversal: Evidence from N400 and theta oscillations
11:10-11:40 COFFEE BREAK (30 minutes)
11:40-12:05 Ingrid Scharlau, Alexander Krüger, Katharina Rohlfing, and Britta Wrede
Effects of negation on visual processing capacity
12:05-12:30 Joanne Ingram, Greg Maciejewski, Jack Taylor, and Ruth Filik
Complement set references vary with implicit expectation in story and brief contexts
12:30-12:55 Ludivini Crible
The production and processing of negation in concessive relations
12:55-14:00 LUNCH BREAK (65 minutes)
14:00-14:25 Vincenzo Moscati
N-words are not slower than existential and universal quantifiers in 5-year-olds. A comparison of processing times using the visual world paradigm and its implications for Early Negative Concord.
14:25-14:50 Elena Pagliarini, Marta Andrada Reyes, Maria Teresa Guasti, Stephen Crain, and Anna Gavarró
The acquisition of negative disjunctive sentences in Catalan: an investigation of the role of age and of language development
14:50-15:15 Mora Maldonado and Jennifer Culbertson
Nobody doesn’t like negative concord
15:15-15:45 COFFEE BREAK (30 minutes)
15:45-16:10 Elena Albu, Carolin Dudschig, Tessa Warren, and Barbara Kaup
Does negation influence the choice of sentence continuations? Evidence from a four-choice cloze task
16:10-16:55 Invited Talk: Ming Xiang
On the pragmatic licensing of negation
16:55-17:15 Closing remarks