Logo: MPI Workshop
Semantic Maps:
Methods and Applications
Semantic Maps: Methods and Applications

Date: Saturday, 29 September 2007

Organised by:

  • Michael Cysouw
  • Martin Haspelmath
  • Andrej Malchukov



This workshop invites contributions related to the further understanding of the semantic map method. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Status of semantic maps in linguistic theory
  • Methods of building semantic maps from data
  • Limits of the semantic map approach
  • Possibilities for and problems of the interpretation of semantic maps
  • Relation between semantic maps and grammaticalization chains
  • Presentation and discussion of particular semantic maps
  • Scalability of the method to build semantic maps (e.g. the problem of the "vacuous" semantic maps, which might arise when more empirical data is included)
  • Implications of cross-linguistically rare phenomena for semantic maps
  • In what way can the semantic map approach guide and be guided by the deductive (decompositional) approaches in (formal) semantics
  • Relation between semantic maps and psycholinguistic research (i.e. issues of mental reality of the structures discovered by the semantic map methodology)

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