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Full Title: Revising Formal Semantic and Pragmatic Theories from a Neurocognitive Perspective

Short Title: NeuroPragSem
Location: Bochum, Germany
Start Date: 19-Jun-2017 - 20-Jun-2017
Contact: Maria Spychalska
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Meeting Description: Workshop: Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective

Bochum, Germany 19-20 June 2016
Note the convenient date and location: Just before the XPRAG conference in Cologne (ca. one-hour traveling distance by a local train)

Over the last few decades we have observed a growing interest in using experimental methods to investigate semantic and pragmatic theories. Experimental pragmatics has become a flourishing interdisciplinary research area. Aside from behavioral methods, such as reaction time measurement, eye-tracking and acceptability judgments, researchers have become increasingly interested in investigating language processing at the neural level and by this means shedding more light on semantic and pragmatic theories. To this end, they have employed techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Although this enterprise has resulted in a large amount of interesting data about linguistic processing, the interpretation of these results remains debated with respect to their relevance for more formal theories of meaning. On the one hand, it often is difficult to formulate clear processing predictions for semantic and pragmatic theories, on the other hand, the theoretical interpretation of the activations observed with neuroimaging tools is not fully understood. As a result, the neurolinguistics and formal semantic/pragmatic communities remain still rather disjoint. In this workshop we would like to bridge the gap and discuss the challenges of combining the two approaches.

Invited Speakers:

Valentina Bambini (IUSS of Pavia)
Harm Brouwer (Saarland University)
Ira Noveck (CNRS Lyon)
Steve Politzer-Ahles (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Petra Schumacher (University of Cologne)


Maria Spychalska & Markus Werning
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 28.1253

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