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[4] France-Berkeley Fund Project 2014/15:

The Distinction between Actions and Products and Its Importance for Social Ontology and Speech Act Theory

Project partner: John Searle (Berkeley)


[3] French-German project (ANR-DFG), 2011-2014:

Nominalizations: Philosophical and Linguistic Perspectives (NOMINAL)

Project leaders: Friederike Moltmann and Benjamin Schnieder (University of Hamburg)

Members of the project (French side):

Alexandra Arapinis (IHPST)

Jacqueline Guéron (Université Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Katia Paykin-Arrouès (STL - Université Lille 3)
Isabelle Roy (SFL - Université Paris 8)
Elena Soare (SFL - Université Paris 8)
Fayssal Tayalati (STL - Université Lille 3)
Lucia M. Tovena (Linguistics, Université Paris 7)
Daniele van de Velde (STL - Université Lille 3)

Short project description

Nominalizations figure prominently in both linguistics (syntax and semantics) and philosophy. Nominalizations are of interest to syntacticians because of differences and similarities between the base from which the nominalization is derived and the nominalization (such as its argument structure and syntactic features). Semanticists studying nominalizations are interested in the connection between the semantics of the base expression and the semantics of the nominalization in particular because the nominalization can be used to form a referential term, referring, it appears, to some object which is in some way related to the content of the base expression. Nominalizations figure prominently in ontological discussions in philosophy since nominalizations appear to form terms that refer to abstract objects (such as propositions, properties, or facts) or ‘minor entities’ (such as events, states, or tropes). There is as yet very little interaction, though, between linguists working on the syntax and semantics of nominalizations and philosophers interested in the objects to which nominalizations apparently refer. This project aims to fill that gap, bringing together a number of linguists especially on the French side, some of which are involved already in research groups studying nominalizations, with a group of German philosophers with a focus on ontology. They will systematically explore questions that require the joint contribution of the two disciplines. The questions cover, first, a range of fundamental issues in semantics and ontology, as well as semantics and meta-ontology. But analyses of nominalizations also have wide-reaching consequences for debates not primarily belonging to ontology which will be examined as well, including debates about mental attitudes, and philosophical logic.

A detailed description of the project is available here.


[2] Chaire d'Excellence, 2006-2011, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

'Ontological Structure and Semantic Structure'


[1] Sakura Project 2009-2010: Project partner: Kyoto University (Prof. Takubo)

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