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Full Title: Beyond Words 2 - New Developments in Pragmatics

      
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 02-May-2014 - 03-May-2014
Contact: Frank Liedtke
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://beyondwords2014.wordpress.com/
Meeting Description: The conference will capture new developments in pragmatics, especially within the field of contextualist approaches to utterance interpretation. The central topic will be how contextual information about the circumstances of the utterance should be represented within a pragmatic theory. Should it be located 'within' the utterance (as unarticulated constituent) or 'outside' as part of the common ground speaker and hearer share? Is the definition of common ground and consequently the ascription of utterance meaning bound essentially to the speaker / hearer perspectives, thus is meaning perspectival?

Generally one may ask whether common ground is something which is given in advance or whether it is something which emerges during the interaction of participants, which are oriented towards salient features of the current situation? Eventually, the ethnological dimension of verbal behavior will be a topic, including the discussion of the nature - culture - distinction.

Invited Speakers:

Julia Fischer, Universität Göttingen
The richness of nonhuman primate communication

Istvan Kecskes, Universität Albany
The interplay of recipient design and salience in shaping speaker meaning

Ulf Liszkowski, Universität Hamburg
Socio-cultural origins of prelinguistic communication

Jacques Moeschler, Universität Genf
How are pragmatic meanings connected to logical ones? The case of logical words

Svend F. Sager, Universität Hamburg
Beispiele für verbales Verhalten. Grundlagen einer Gesprächsethologie.

Uli Sauerland, ZAS Berlin
Intermediate Implicatures and the Epistemic Step

Michael Tomasello, MPI für Evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
Communicating without Conventions
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics
LL Issue: 24.3571


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