A workshop on Quantity Expressions, 12-13 October 2012
In this workshop, we set out to discuss the semantics of quantity expressions, such as much, many, little, and their comparative (more, less) and superlative (most, least) counterparts. We are interested in theoretical and experimental investigations that address questions such as:
- Should the analysis of the various quantity expressions be stated in a uniform way or does each expressions require a distinct analysis?
- What is the basic meaning of 'positive' quantity expressions (much, many, little, few) and how do they relate to each other?
- Is the meaning of the comparative and superlative expressions derived from their 'positive' counterparts.
- How can we derive the differences in implications and inferences that the various expressions carry?
- What is the source of 'epistemic effects’ and 'ignorance references’ in some quantity expressions, especially in superlative quantifiers—is it semantic (lexical) or pragmatic?
Chris Cummins, Universität Bielefeld
Clemens Mayr, ZAS Berlin
Rick Nouwen, Universiteit Utrecht
Stephanie Solt, ZAS Berlin
Bernhard Schwarz, McGill University
Alexis Wellwood, University of Maryland, College Park