A famous minimal pair in the discussion around kinds is this:
- The Coke bottle has a narrow neck.
- ? The green bottle has a narrow neck.
- (Speaker pointing at a bike) Anna bought such a bike, too.
- Water, herbal tea and the like are healthy drinks.
As in the case of well-establishedness, it is notoriously difficult to pin down the contrast between ad-hoc kind referring expressions and, on the one hand, those referring to regular kinds (bottles) and, on the other hand, those not referring to kinds at all (people in the next room).
The workshop aims at bringing together research in linguistics on genericity, and in particular on kinds, and research in cognitive psychology on concepts. For details see call for papers.
Invited speakers of the workshop are Barbara Kaup and Sandeep Prasada. For details of the program see schedule and abstracts.
The workshop is included in the annual meeting of the German society of linguistics (DGfS). For an overview over the full program including plenary talks see conference overview. Information about travel and accomodation is provided under venue.
Finally, there will be a post-DGfS-meeting on Saturday in Cologne in order to have some more time for discussion. It is hosted by the Linguistics group of the Department of German Language and Literature. If you decide to come to Cologne, please book a room already now because hotels are often fully booked. For details see post-DGfS meeting Cologne.
The workshop is organized by Cécile Meier and Carla Umbach. If you have questions please contact us.