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Full Title: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Presuppositions

Short Title: Express2017
Location: Genoa, Italy
Start Date: 03-Mar-2017 - 05-Mar-2017
Contact: Simona Di Paola
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Meeting Description: Presuppositions are a major focus of current research in semantics and pragmatics, especially so under the traditional broad understanding of presupposition encompassing all types of content that can project from the scope of semantic operators. Much recent work on presupposition has shown how experimental results can shed light on current theoretical debates (e.g. Chemla, 2009; Chemla & Schenker; Schwartz & Tiemann, 2016; Domaneschi et al., 2014). Nevertheless many old theoretical debates and empirical problems remain still open.

The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of the state of the art of experimental techniques and results as well as theoretical developments on presuppositions processing. The ideal contribution is one that advances presupposition on the basis of experimental data, but also contributions on the experimental methodology for testing presuppositions and those making novel theoretical proposals are welcome.

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

- Presuppositions and context
- Presupposition triggers
- Informative presupposition
- Presupposition accomodation
- The presupposition projection problem
- Presuppositions in Dynamic Semantics
- The presupposition/implicature distinction.

Invited Speakers:

- Florian Schwarz, University of Pennsylvania
- Nadine Bade, University of Tübingen, ObTrEx


- Uli Sauerland (SSI)
- Edgar Onea (EXCI)
- Filippo Domaneschi (Genoa, EXPRESS)
- Simona Di Paola (Genoa, Express)

Time and Venue:

DISFOR, Department of Educational Sciences – Psychology Unit, University of Genoa, Genoa (Italy), March 3-5, 2017.


- Chemla, E. (2009). Presuppositions of quantified sentences: Experimental Data. Natural Language Semantics, 17(4): 299-340.
- Chemla, E. & Schenker, P. (2012). Incremental vs. symmetric accounts of presupposition projection: An experimental approach. Natural Language Semantics, 20(2): 177-226.
- Domaneschi, F.; Carrea, E.; Penco, C. & Greco, A. (2014). The cognitive load of presupposition triggers: mandatory and optional repairs in presupposition failure. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(1): 136-146
- Schwartz, F. & Tiemann, S. (2016). Presupposition Projection in Online Processing. Journal of Semantics 1-46.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 27.4774

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