Moral Language Workshop 2023

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11 December 2023

ENS, Pavillon Jardin, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris


Moral Language Workshop

8h45 - 9h00  : Registration, coffee

9h00 - 9h15 : Welcome word

9h15 - 10h00 : David Beaver (The University of Texas at Austin)

10h00 - 10h20 : Commentary by Paul Portner (Georgetown University)

10h20 - 10h45 : Q&A and discussion 

10h45 - 11h15 : Coffee Break

11h15  - 11h45 :  Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (University of Manchester) 

Oppression: How Language is Used to Grab Power

11h45 - 12h15 : Aida Ramezani (University of Toronto)

The emergence of the moral foundational lexicon in child language development

12h15  - 13h45 :  Lunch Break 

13h45 -14h15 : Poster presentations

14h15  - 14h45 : Anouch Bourmayan (Sorbonne University)

Axiologically opposite moral thick terms: a new illustration of the Goldilocks effect 

14h45 - 15h15 : Zhuosi Luo (Georgetown University) 

Contextual causee interpretation in Teochew attitude-bearing causatives

15h15 - 16h45 : Coffee Break & Poster presentations

16h15 - 16h45 : Andrea Beltrama (University of Pennsylvania) 

How good is a decent pizza? Mild evaluativity and the deontic face of morality

16h45 - 17h15 : Tess Feyen (Ecole Normale Supérieure) 

The polysemy of moral adjectives: why a 'good man' isn't tasty 

17h15 : Thank You and Closing Remarks

19h00 : Dinner


Poster presentations:

Itai Bassi & Paloma Jeretič, "Modal flavors under ellipsis — ambiguity or underspecification?" - Zentrum for Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft

Natalia Cziganj, "The Moral Status of Aesthetic Categories in Middle English Vernacular Writings" - Université de Lille

Corentin Denuc, "Argumentativism as a special case of non-cognitivism: towards an argumentativist approach to moral language" - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Nils Franzén, "Post-Gibbardian Expressivism: A Methodological Assessment" - Umea University

Jonathan Caleb Kendrick, "Default Premise Semantics and 'If P, Ought P'" - University of Maryland, College Park

Lucas Morinière, "Normative agreement and moral language in Jürgen Habermas’ philosophy" - Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Michał B. Paradowski, "Differential Social Norms in L2/L3 vs L1: Beyond the Emotional Explanation" - Université de Varsovie


Organization Committee:

  • Tess Feyen - Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS/ENS/EHESS/PSL & Georgetown University
  • Alda Mari - Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS/ENS/EHESS/PSL
  • Paul Portner - Georgetown University

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