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Conference Program (Preliminary Version)


Monday May 7th, 2018

9:15 - 10:00
Registration & Welcome
Welcome address by Prof. Dr. Axel Schoelmerich, Rector Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum

10:00 - 10:45
Alan Bale (Concordia University):
Number marking and the mass/count distinction

10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45
Scott Grimm (University of Rochester):
Determining Countability Classes

11:45 - 12:30
Hanna de Vries (University of York), George Tsoulas (University of York), Raffaella Folli (Ulster University), Agata Renans (Ulster University), Jacopo Romoli (Ulster University):
'Exoskeletal iceberg semantics': a best-of-both-worlds approach to the mass/count distinction

12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30
Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard University):
(Title coming soon)

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:45
Byeong-uk Yi (University of Toronto):
The Mereological Approach to the Mass/Count Distinction: Critical Remarks

16:45 - 17:30
Sandeep Prasada (Hunter College):
The formal dimension of common sense concepts and the count-mass distinction

17:30 - 18:15
Brendan S. Gillon (McGill University):
Underspecification and the mass count distinction


Tuesday May 8th, 2018

9:15 - 10:00
Peter R. Sutton (Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf), Hana Filip (Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf):
Coercion: container, contents and measure readings

10:00 - 10:45
Christine Hnout (Bar-Ilan University), Lior Laks (Bar-Ilan University), Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University):
Mass to count shifts in the Galilee dialect of Palestinian Arabic

10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45
El Mustapha Lemghari (Cadi Ayyad University):
Mass and Count Terms: Towards a Hybrid Sub-category

11:45 - 12:30
Tibor Kiss (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum), F. Jeffry Pelletier (University of Alberta), Halima Husic (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum), Johanna Marie Poppek (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum):
The BECL Project

12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30
Susan Rothstein (Bar Ilan University):
(Title coming soon)

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:45
Chiara Zanini (University of Zuerich), Giorgio Arcara (San Camillo Hospital, Venice, Italy), Francesca Franzon (SISSA):
The role of the context in countability: a psycholinguistic approach

16:45 - 17:30
Peter Lauwers (Ghent University):
Mass-like categories in lexical plurals. A gradual view on the mass/count distinction

17:30 - 18:15
Francesca Franzon (SISSA, University of Padova), Chiara Zanini (University of Padova, University of Zuerich), D. Addison Smith (University of Trento), Raffaella Bernardi (University of Trento), Sandro Pezzelle (University of Trento):
An exploration of visual cues related to countability: two computer vision experiments

Conference Dinner at Yamas Bochum


Wednesday May 9th, 2018

9:15 - 10:00
Kayron Bevilaqua (Universidade Federal do Parana), Roberta Pires de Oliveira (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Universidade Federal do Parana, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnoligico):
What do Bare Nouns mean cross-linguistically? Preliminary results

10:00 - 10:45
Helen Koulidobrova (Central Connecticut State University):
Counting (on) Bare Nouns:Revelations from ASL

10:45- 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00- 11:45
Christopher Hicks (University of Manchester):
Marking and acquisition of individuation: English and Mandarin compared

11:45- 12:30
Kurt Erbach (Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf), Hana Filip (Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf), Peter R. Sutton (Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf), Kathrin Byrdeck (Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf):
Object Mass Nouns as an Arbiter for the Mass/Count Category

12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30
Jenny Doetjes (Universiteit Leiden):
Count/mass asymmetries

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:45
Myriam Dali (University of Ottawa), Eric Mathieu (University of Ottawa):
Distributed number and the mass/count distinction

16:45 - 17:30
David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS, EHESS, PSL, CNRS):
Matter and mixtures