LINGUIST List 14.1987

Tue Jul 22 2003

Calls: Semantics/Pragmatics; General Linguistics

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  1. benz, Games and Decisions in Pragmatics
  2. andre, Dative and similar cases

Message 1: Games and Decisions in Pragmatics

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 08:39:45 +0000
From: benz <>
Subject: Games and Decisions in Pragmatics

Games and Decisions in Pragmatics 
Short Title: GDP

Date: 24-OCT-03 - 25-OCT-03
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Anton Benz
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Semantics, Pragmatics 
Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2003

Meeting Description:

The workshop aims at discussing possibilities and limits of game and
decision theory in linguistics. 

Games and Decisions in Pragmatics
24/25 October 2003 - ZAS Berlin


Game and Decision Theory (GDT) are widely used frameworks for
modelling rational interacting agents. They are natural candidates if
we look for a foundation of linguistic pragmatics. Recently there has
been some progress in applying game and decision theory to problems
related e.g. to bidirectional optimality theory (OT), Griceian
pragmatics and extensions of dynamic semantics (questions,
presuppositions). This workshop offers an opportunity for discussing
possibilities and limits of game and decision theory in
linguistics. We welcome contributions which (a) show new applications
of GDT in semantics, discourse analysis, dialogue theory, language
evolution and diachronic aspects; or (b) discuss GDT as foundation for
approaches like:

- Optimality Theory
- Radical Pragmatics
- Relevance Theory
- Speech Act Theory

Submissions related to other topics will be considered, including
computational models of GDT in pragmatics.

Invited Speakers

- Nicholas Asher (Austin, Texas)
- Prashant Parikh (Philadelphia)
- Robert van Rooy (Amsterdam)


Authors should submit an anonymous abstract. The length of abstracts
for talks should be at most 3 single-column pages including
literature. All submissions should also include a separate cover page
specifying the authors' names, affiliation, address, e-mail address
and title of the paper. The abstracts should be submitted
electronically (preferably pdf, dvi or .doc format) to:

Important Dates

- 1. September 2003: Deadline for Submission
- 21. September 2003: Notification of Acceptance
- 24/25 October 2003: Conference


- Hosted by the ZAS Berlin
- Organised by Anton Benz and the Optimality Theory Project at ZAS
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Message 2: Dative and similar cases

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 03:51:32 +0000
From: andre <>
Subject: Dative and similar cases

Dative and similar cases 

Date: 25-FEB-04 - 26-FEB-04
Location: Mainz, Germany
Contact: Andr� Meinunger
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2003

Meeting Description:

Dative and similar cases -
workshop held during the Annual Meeting of the German Society of
Linguistics (DGfS) 2004 in Mainz (Germany), February 25-26

Second call / Final call:

We invite abstracts for presentations at a short workshop held during
the Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics (DGfS) 2004 in
Mainz, February 25-26.

There are eight slots of 30 (20+10) minutes to be filled, supplemented
by a one-hour discussion group on the following day. We welcome
submissions for presentations in German or English.

Workshop description:
A lot of research has been devoted to determining the syntax and
semantics of indirect objects in German and other languages. Despite
these efforts, no consensus has been reached in key areas of
analysis. On the syntactic side, the following matters are
controversial: dative nominals as arguments or adjuncts, the dative as
a structural case, the array of unmarked word order patterns found
with datives, the similarity of dative nominals with prepositional
phrases, quirky case/inverse linking, or binding phenomena involving
dative nominals. The semantic analysis of dative nominals typically
struggles with the following problems: dative nominals as linking to a
single thematic role vs. dative nominals as instantiating many
different thematic roles, dative nominals as linking to the main
eventuality as opposed to a secondary eventuality. While these
phenomena are diverse, there is a certain degree of cohesion in the
literature: Many researchers are aware of several of the above-
mentioned issues and aim at an overarching analysis. Another area in
which datives likewise figure prominently is typically treated in a
very different tradition: The discussion of so-called possessor
raising, external possession and extra argumentality has often
detached itself from the above topics. One reason for this lies in the
difference among frameworks and their pet issues: Chomskyan
Generativism vs. approaches in the tradition of Relational Grammar
vs. (functional) typology. Another reason is provided by the fact
that, from the typological point of view of external possession,
datives are just one kind of structural realization of a more general

The workshop strives to bring together linguists of diverse
theoretical persuasions to assemble a state-of-the-art picture of
research into datives, into similar morphological cases, and into
phenomena that are semantically or functionally similar while
displaying a divergent constructional make-up (e.g.,
applicatives). The organizers aim at a balanced representation of
theoretical papers on the one side, and of submissions concentrating
on empirical generalizations and/or cross-linguistic coverage.

Important deadlines:
Submission of abstracts: August 15th, 2003
Notification of acceptance: September 30th, 2003

Please submit abstracts via e-mail (MS-Word or pdf) to the following


Andr� Meinunger/ZAS
J�gerstra�e 10-11 
10117 Berlin
Tel.: 030/20192-404; Fax: -402

Hole/LMU M�nchen	
Schellingstra�e 3/RG	
80799 M�nchen		
Tel.: 089/2180-2061; Fax: -3871 
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