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Full Title: Questioning Speech Acts

Short Title: QSA
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Start Date: 14-Sep-2017 - 16-Sep-2017
Contact: Sven Lauer
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: In the last decade or so, there has been a renewed interest in speech acts within formal semantics and pragmatics, spurred by work on topics like clause typing, explicit performatives and discourse particles on the one hand, and the development of new formal models for the study of pragmatics and discourse on the other. The workshop aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines investigating speech acts and related notions, engaging with theoretical questions such as:

- To what extent are the concepts of philosophical speech act theory relevant to linguistic theory and to understanding actual conversational practice?
- How can these concepts (or alternatives) be modelled formally?
- How are particular speech act types represented in various frameworks, and to what extent do different frameworks offer complementary insights?
- How is pragmatic labor divided between different aspects of ''meaning on the speech act level'', such as preconditions on felicitous use (such as felicity conditions or presuppositions) and forward-looking consequences of the utterance act (such as commitments and obligations)?
- How do these aspects relate to similar notions studied in other fields (e.g., laws, regulations and contractual obligations)?
- How can commitments and other social obligations established by speech acts be modelled formally in a way that allows us to study the interaction of such social concerns with linguistic structure?
- What is the relation between different classes of speech acts, such as ones with normative impact (creating commitments/obligations) and those which are ''expressive''? How can such differences between speech acts be modelled?
Linguistic Subfield: Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 28.777

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