11 February: Maria Aloni (University of Amsterdam)

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We are happy to announce that on Thursday, February 11th, Maria Aloni (University of Amsterdam) will give a talk in the ROSE series. We hope to see you all there!

Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Time: 15:30-17:00
Location: Trans 10, room 0.51
Speaker: Maria Aloni
Title: Emerging indefinites

Abstract:
In the first part of the talk I will summarise the results of three diachronic corpus studies establishing the patters of development of three marked indefinites with free choice uses
in three different languages: German *irgend*-series; Spanish *cualquiera* and Dutch *wie dan ook* (see http://maloni.humanities.uva.nl/Indefinites/corpus.html). In the second part I will discuss a number of theoretical repercussions of these studies on various issues at the semantic-pragmatic interface, including the debate about the status of the modal inferences (ignorance and free choice) triggered by these indefinites.

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