Workshop: McGill-MIT Workshop on Gradability and Quantity in Language and the Brain

The ‘McGill/MIT Workshop on Gradability and Quantity in Language and the Brain’ is bringing together a group of neuroscientists with an interest in language and a group of experimental and formal linguists interested in the brain, in an attempt to enhance the dialogue between the linguistic and the neurophysiological cultures, and help to close the gap between these two growing groups of researchers. The theme of the workshop is centered on aspects of gradability and quantity as it pertains to the cognitive domains of Number, Space, and Time.



Friday, January 31st 2014, MIT 32-141
8:30 AM

9:00 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Yosef Grodzinsky, McGill University
Martin Hackl, MIT

9:15 AM
Tutorial on Neuroanatomy
Katrin Amunts, University of Düsseldorf/Forschungszentrum Jülich

10:45 AM
Coffee Break

Tutorial on Gradability in Natural Language
Irene Heim, MIT

12:30 PM

2:00 PM
The Neural Code for Number and Basic Numerical Operations
Andreas Nieder, University of Tübingen

3:00 PM
On the Internal Composition of Counting Quantifiers
Martin Hackl, MIT

4:00 PM
Coffee Break

5:15 PM
Comparative and Superlative Quantifiers: Scope, Comparison Sets, Modes of Comparison
Roumyana Pancheva, USC

4:15 PM
‘At least’ and Quantity Implicature: Choices and Consequences
Bernhard Schwarz, McGill University

6:15 PM
Towards Exact Number: Understanding Exact Equality and the Successor Function
Veronique Izard, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes

7:30 PM

Saturday, February 1st 2014, MIT 32-141

8:30 AM

9:00 AM
Quantity in the Nominal and in the Verbal Domain
Manfred Krifka, ZAS and FUniversity of Tübingen

10:00 PM
Reciprocal Quantification and Concept Composition
Yoad Winter, Utrecht University

11:00 AM
Coffee Break

11:15 AM
The Domain of Type d
Roger Schwarzschild, Rutgers University

12:15 PM

1:30 PM
Counting Dimensions
Galit Sassoon, Bar-Ilan University

2:30 PM
Biases in Quantity Estimation- Lessons from Discrimination Tasks
Yonatan Loewenstein, The Hebrew University at Jerusalem

3:30 PM
Coffee Break

4:00 PM
Principles of Modern Lesion Analysis
Hans Otto Karnath, University of Tübingen

5:00 PM
Quantities and Quantifiers: Sentence Verification, Weber’s Law, and Monotonicity
Yosef Grodzinsky, McGill University

6:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Yosef Grodzinsky & Martin Hackl

7:00 PM