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Modality in Language


24-25 juin 2019

Responsable de l'activité

Genoveva Puskas


M. David Blunier, UNIGE

Mme Hasmik Jivanyan, UNIGE


Mme Anastasia Giannakidou, University of Chicago

M. Jason Merchant, University of Chicago


The aim of the workshop is to gather PhD students, post-docs and other interested scholars around the concept of modality in language. Modality is a pervasive category across human languages, allowing us to talk about possible, necessary, imaginary, desirable, and unrealized states or events: as such, it constitutes one of the most prominent topics in current linguistic theorizing. The analysis of modality has its roots in formal logic (Lewis & Langford 1932, Barcan Marcus 1993, Kripke 1959, 1963 i.a.), later adapted into a full semantic framework for natural languages by Kratzer (1977, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1989). This framework is now used by most linguists in order to handle the various (and sometimes, quirky) ways languages represent alethic, but also epistemic, deontic, and bouletic modality. Research questions emerging from this line of research are numerous, including how to model in an appropriate way the semantic value of modality and its pertaining categories, the mapping of these categories to different structural positions within the clause, but also concern the relations modality entertains with other categories such as tense, mood, and aspect, which are systemically correlated in natural languages. The purpose of this workshop is to catch a glimpse of this vast field of inquiry, by providing a dual set of lectures with different purposes: the first two talks shall consist in an introduction to the syntactic and semantic treatment of modality, while the remaining two will consist in more advanced treatments of topics in the syntax and semantics of modality.





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