Second Call for Papers
(with a *revised submission format*)

DGfS-2017 Workshop *Coercion Across Linguistic Fields (CALF)*

Hana Filip, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf,
Laura Kallmeyer, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf,

Workshop as part of the 39th Annual Meeting of the DGfS (German Linguistics
Society) in Saarbrücken, Germany, March 8-10, 2017

DESCRIPTION. Coercion is a process of reinterpretation triggered by a
type mismatch between an operator and its argument which is repaired by
enriching the overt input with implicit material, modulo
context. Coercion is widespread across different parts of the grammar,
including not only semantics and pragmatics (Asher 2011), but also
morphology, syntax and phonology; its modeling in computational
linguistics raises non-trivial problems. In phonology, for instance,
coronal nasals [n], if followed by labial [np] or dorsal stops [nk], are
coerced as labial [mp] or dorsal [Nk] (Boersma 1998). Well-known, though
not yet well understood, are common meaning shifts between mass and
count, and parallel shifts between atelic and telic interpretations,
which in English are triggered by syntactic context, interacting with
extra-linguistic context: e.g., “?three waters” (mass-to-count) and
“(?)swim three times” (atelic-to-telic); “There’s too much apple in this
fruit salad” (count-to-mass) and “Bill ate the apple bit by bit for ten
minutes (and still didn’t finish it)” (telic-to-atelic).  Resolving a
type mismatch involves an interaction of factors coming from different
parts of the grammar (Booij 2010). Coercion is a highly powerful
process, not any type of type mismatch can be resolved, and the
strategies for type mismatch resolution via coercion seem to follow
certain restricted paths. One of the outstanding puzzles concerns the
proper constraints on the value of a coercion operator.

SUGGESTED TOPICS: (i) similarities and differences among coercion
processes across different parts of grammar; (ii) mechanisms of coercion
(e.g. type shifting and contextual enrichment); (iii) constraints on
coercion; (iv) computational aspects of coercion resolution.

INVITED SPEAKER:  Nicholas Asher.

TARGETED PARTICIPANTS. This workshop will bring together scholars from
different fields of theoretical and computational linguistics with the
aim of establishing similarities/differences among different coercion
processes in natural language.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION: We invite papers addressing any theoretical and
empirical aspects of coercion. Abstracts should *not exceed 1 page* (not
2 pages as indicated in the first call), including references and examples.
They should be prepared either in latex or word according to the following
style files:


Latex is preferred since the workshop proceedings will be in latex.

Submissions of the pdf file along with all source files should be to the
following address

by October 25, 2016. In your message, specify the following:
author name(s), presentation title, institutional affiliation.

Presentations will be allotted 30 minute slots including 10 minutes for

Submission deadline: October 25, 2016.
Notification of acceptance : October 29, 2016

Workshop: March 08-10, 2017


Prof. Dr. Laura Kallmeyer
Institut fuer Sprache und Information
Heinrich-Heine Universitaet Duesseldorf
Universitaetsstr. 1
D-40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
Phone +49 (0)211 8113899, Fax +49 (0)211 8111325
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