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Negation and Negativity in Natural Language




Date & Venue:
April 27-29 2017 Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Plenary Talks by:
Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University)
Viviana Haase (Ruhr University Bochum)
Laurence Horn (Yale University)
Barbara Kaup (University Tübingen)
João Marcos (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte)
Peter Öhl (University Wuppertal)
Maria Spychalska (University Cologne)
Heinrich Wansing (Ruhr University Bochum
Markus Werning (Ruhr University Bochum)

Viviana Haase & Markus Werning

Negation and negativity are key features of human languages. While negation is a phenomenon of semantic opposition, negativity adresses a broader spectrum of phenomena. The investigation of the form and meaning of negation and negativity in natural language is at the heart of many debates in philosophy, linguistics, logic and psychology. The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together the various perspectives of negation and negativity and thereby force the interdisciplinary research on negation and negativity in natural language.

Topics may adress but are not limited to:

  • comprehension of sentential negation with or without context
  • mental representation of negation and negated concepts
  • the syntax-semantics interface of negated sentences
  • compositionality of negation
  • negation in formal semantics
  • negation in logic
  • negativity and negative polarity items
  • non-semantic aspects: negation in morphology, syntax and phonology
  • pragmatics of negation and negativity

We invite authors to submit an abstract of max. 500 words excluding references in PDF format for a talk of ca. 35 min (incl. discussion) or for a poster. Up to one extra page for figures is allowed.

Please use the EasyChair platform for the submission of abstracts:

Submission deadline: 31th January 2017  extended deadline: 15th February 2017
Notification of acceptance: End of February 2017


The five best PhD student submissions can get a refund of travel costs up to 100€.
Childcare can be provided, if you are interested in this option please contact us.

This workshop is supported by the Ruhr University Research School Plus, funded by Germany's Excellence Initiative [DFG GSC 98/3]. Grant holder: VH.