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ModUni1 @ Leiden

In December 2018, we will kick-off the ModUni project with a workshop in Leiden. In this workshop, members present their research on the topic of modal and attitudinal lexical semantics, and discuss feasible cross-linguistic universals in this domain. Furthermore, the members will discuss the methodological standards and frameworks for the forthcoming collaborations.

Everyone is welcome to attend the talks and the reception on Friday evening. Please register at the desk in front of Lipsius 147 on Friday morning. No registration fee is required.

Date and place


14 December (Fri)

  Session 1 chair: Lisa Bylinina
9:30-10:20 Wataru Uegaki (Leiden) Project Introduction + Constraints on the lexical semantics of question-embedding predicates
10:20-11:10 Floris Roelofsen (Amsterdam) On the selectional restrictions of clause-embedding predicates (joint work with Maria Aloni, Ivano Ciardelli & Nadine Theiler)
11:10-11:25   break
11:25-12:15 Maribel Romero (Konstanz) Counterfactual biscuit conditionals: Exploring the role of temporal and mood morphology (joint work with Eva Csipak)
12:15-13:45   lunch
  Session 2 chair: Nadine Theiler
13:45-14:35 Malte Zimmermann (Potsdam) Modal Particles & Commitment Strength –The view from German ‘schon’
14:35-15:25 Jordan Chark (Potsdam) Issues in Modal Force: The View from Finnish
15:25-15:45   break
  Session 3 chair: Jakub Dotlačil
15:45-16:35 Uli Sauerland (ZAS) Forbidding ‘forbidden’: A feasible crosslinguistic universal?
16:35-17:25 Michela Ippolito (Toronto) Epistemic stance without epistemic modals (joint work with Donka Farkas)
17:30-   reception @ The faculty club
19:00-   dinner @ The Sumatra House

15 December (Sat)

  Session 4  
9:15-10:15 Shane Steinert-Threlkeld & Jakub Szymanik (Amsterdam) Ease of learning explains semantic universals
10:15-10:30   break
10:30-12:00 internal project meeting