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Proper Names with Determiners and Modifiers in a Cross-linguistic Perspective



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Proper names have been widely studied from a philosophical and a linguistic perspective (e.g. Frege, 1982; Russell, 1905; Searle, 1958; Strawson, 1950; Donnellan, 1970; Kripke, 1980; Soames, 2002; Elbourne, 2002; Fara, 2015; Matushansky, 2008, 2014, among others). Over the last decades, they have become an important subject of investigation with respect to the semantics of reference and the syntax of the nominal phrase and, more specifically, to the different types of determiners and modifiers they can combine with, such as indefinite and definite articles (von Heusinger & Wespel, 2007; Gomeshi & Massam, 2009; Camacho, 2019; Bernstein et al., 2019; Saab, 2021; Oggiani & Aguilar-Guevara, 2023), honorific particles (e.g. Saab, 2021), and adjectives (Sigurdsson, 2006; Bernstein et al., 2019). There is also a growing interest in the cross-linguistic perspective (e.g. Caro Reina, 2020; Becker, 2021).

In this context, the research project “Determiners and Modifiers of Proper Names in a Cross-linguistic Perspective” aims to contribute to this discussion by bringing together researchers working on proper names and determiners and proper names and different means of modification from a syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic perspective. The starting event of this research group will be a workshop in Cologne (May 2024), which will be followed by later academic events in Mexico and Uruguay.