Diane Massam has just returned from giving an invited talk at the Workshop 'Mass and count in Romance and Germanic languages', coordinated by the University of Zurich's Research Center (UFSP) 'Language and Space' - University of Zurich, 16th and 17th of December 2013.
This workshop was a discussion forum for research on the semantics and
morphosyntactic encoding of the mass-count distinction, mainly, but not exclusively,
in Romance and Germanic languages and varieties (cf. e.g. the survey in Massam,
Diane (ed.) (2012), Count and Mass Across Languages, Oxford: Oxford University
Press). It addressed questions concerning all kinds of semantic and morphosyntactic
phenomena (absence of determiners, partitive determiners, indefinite articles with
mass nominals, gender and its interplay with a mass vs. count reading of nominals