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Full Title: ESSLI Workshop: Models in Formal Semantics and Pragmatics

Location: Tuebingen, Germany
Start Date: 18-Aug-2014 - 22-Aug-2014
Contact: Stefan Kaufmann
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://homepages.uconn.edu/~stk12004/Models_ESSLLI2014/
Meeting Description: Organizers:

Magdalena Kaufmann, University of Connecticut
Stefan Kaufmann, University of Connecticut

Invited Speakers:

Michael Glanzberg, Northwestern University
Stanley Peters, Stanford University
Thomas Ede Zimmermann, Frankfurt University


The field of natural-language semantics and pragmatics has undergone a shift away from defining or even mentioning models. Indeed, some scholars find their
use redundant at best, harmful at worst. A generation of young semanticists got their first encounters with the formal theory through Heim and Kratzer's
textbook, which does not mention models at all. There is little open discussion on these developments, but much anecdotal evidence that people have strong
opinions about them. This workshop will give the debate a public forum.

Program Committee:

Nicholas Asher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Jon Gajewski, University of Connecticut
Michael Glanzberg, Northwestern University
Hans Kamp, University of Texas, Austin
Magdalena Kaufmann, University of Connecticut
Stefan Kaufmann, University of Connecticut
Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ernest Lepore, Rutgers University
Barbara Partee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Paul Portner, Georgetown University
Stanley Peters, Stanford University
Dave Ripley, University of Connecticut
Thomas Ede Zimmermann, Frankfurt University

Workshop Format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and open to all ESSLLI participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the second
week of ESSLLI. The three invited talks are allotted one hour each, including discussion. On the first day, the workshop organizers will give a 30-minute
introduction to the topic. This leaves room for eight submitted papers of 30 minutes each, including discussion.
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