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Full Title: 27th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

      
Short Title: CUNY 2014
Location: Columbus, USA
Start Date: 13-Mar-2014 - 15-Mar-2014
Contact: Abby Walker
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://cuny14.osu.edu/
Meeting Description: The 27th Annual CUNY conference will be held at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, March 13-15, 2014, with a special session entitled 'Experimental Pragmatics: Advancing Theory and Methods'.

Information on the Special Session:

Research in pragmatics has shown marked recent theoretical progress. Current research successfully models not only contextual influences from linguistic structure and visually available context, but also factors such as interlocutors, world knowledge, mutually sustained beliefs and intentions. Recent progress in the field can be linked to researchers' ability to leverage novel methods, such as mining multi-interlocutor text interactions in social media, web-crawling language produced and understood via electronic means such as texting, internet blogs and other web-based platforms, and collecting data via Mechanical Turk. These approaches have expanded the available testable hypotheses as well as the diversity and representativeness of the language data under study. Pragmatic theorists have also been particularly open to incorporating insights from experimentally-generated results into developing theories of language interpretation. The special session on Experimental Pragmatics aims to take stock of recent progress in this burgeoning sub-field and help to set the agenda for future research in this domain.

The core of the special session is a series of invited talks by speakers with relevant expertise and diverse backgrounds.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Pragmatics
LL Issue: 24.3887


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