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Full Title: Information, Discourse Structure and Levels of Meaning

Short Title: IDL12
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Start Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Contact: Laia Mayol
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://blogs.uab.cat/idl12/
Meeting Description: Information and discourse structure, and the analysis of different levels of meaning (conventional and conversational implicatures, presuppositions, etc.) have been two of the most fruitful areas of research in the semantics-pragmatics interface in the last decade. This workshop aims to study the interactions between these two areas. Thus, the questions that this workshop will address go in two directions.

1. How does information and discourse structure affect the different levels of meaning? Can we obtain a better understanding of, for instance, conversational implicatures or presuppositions, once the topic-focus structure is taken into account?

2. How do the dimensions of meaning affect the information structure of discourse? Can we obtain a better understanding of concepts such as topic, focus, contrastive topic, background or QUD, once the properties of the different levels of meaning are taken into account?

Invited Speakers:

Daniel Büring (Universität Wien)
Bart Geurts (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Craige Roberts (Ohio State University)
Gregory Ward (Northwestern University)

Organizers: Laia Mayol (UPF) and Xavier Villalba (UAB). This workshop is an initiative of the funded research project ‘Compositionality of meaning and semantic operations at the syntax-semantics and grammar-cognition interface (COMPOSING)’ (FFI2011-23356).
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 23.3728

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