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Full Title: Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches

      
Short Title: INSEMP
Location: Bochum, Germany
Start Date: 10-Oct-2013 - 12-Oct-2013
Contact: Maria Spychalska
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.rub.de/phil-lang/investigating/
Meeting Description: Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches
Bochum, October 10-12, 2013
Venue: Ruhr-University-Bochum
http://www.rub.de/phil-lang/investigating/

Organization:

Erica Cosentino, Dirk Kindermann, Max Kölbel, Maria Spychalska, Markus Werning

Natural language semantics is today a wide-ranging and methodologically diverse discipline. One can distinguish broadly between those who use experimental methods from those who don't. Mostly, semanticists in psychology or neuroscience work experimentally, while philosophers, logicians and linguists work non-experimentally. However, the variety of approaches and methods among both groups is huge. Even within the camp of theoretical semantics there are numerous communities: formal semantics, possible world semantics, discourse representation theory, etc. The same heterogeneity is present in the camp of empirical researchers: psycho- and neurolinguistics, corpus linguistics, etc. The aim of the workshop is to bring together these different branches which are often working on very related topics. The workshop will not only present the variety of empirical and theoretical approaches to semantics, but also invites explicit discussions of the neurobiological and psychological basis of semantics as well as its methods, and epistemology.

Invited Speakers:

Giosuè Baggio (SISSA, Triest)
Derek Ball (U St. Andrews)
Emma Borg (U Reading)
Anna Borghi (U Bologna)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS, Berlin)
Gina Kuperberg (MGH, Tufts U)
Ira Noveck (CNRS, Lyon)
Paul Pietroski (U Maryland)
Michiel van Lambalgen (U Amsterdam)
Linguistic Subfield: Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 24.2476


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