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Full Title: Formal and Experimental Pragmatics Workshop

Short Title: FEP-2014
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Start Date: 11-Aug-2014 - 15-Aug-2014
Contact: Michael Franke
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/site/fepesslli2014/
Meeting Description: Workshop Organizers:

Noah D. Goodman
Michael Franke

Workshop Purpose:

Formal pragmatics has recently experienced a new period of maturation, facilitated by
two important factors: a) the novel application of mathematical modeling techniques,
and b) access to rich experimental data. The recently emerging field of Experimental
Pragmatics has painted a complex picture of the interaction between semantic and
pragmatic information in phenomena as diverse as implicature, referentiality,
figurative meaning, prosody, and presupposition. In parallel, advances in probabilistic
and game-theoretic models that treat pragmatic inference as a problem of reasoning
under uncertainty have yielded testable quantitative predictions about the outcome of
many different kinds of pragmatic inference. Despite this progress, a great deal of
work is needed on the mathematical foundations and quantitative empirical grounding
of pragmatics, and, most critically, the connection between the two. The aim of this
workshop is to promote dialog and community for these lines of research:
strengthening the search for an empirically grounded formal pragmatics.

Invited Speakers (TBC):

Judith Degen (Stanford)
Bart Geurts (Nijmegen)
Roger Levy (UCSD)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 25.1172

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