LINGUIST List 15.3533
Sun Dec 19 2004
Calls: General Ling/UK; Pragmatics/Semantics/France
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Tips and Tricks for Teaching Linguistics with Technology
The Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really Matter?
Message 1: Tips and Tricks for Teaching Linguistics with Technology
From: David Newton <david.newtoncilt.org.uk>
Subject: Tips and Tricks for Teaching Linguistics with Technology
Full Title: Tips and Tricks for Teaching Linguistics with Technology
Short Title: IT & Linguistics
Date: 17-Feb-2005 - 17-Feb-2005
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: David Newton
Meeting Email: david.newtoncilt.org.uk
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Call Deadline: 23-Dec-2004
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Tips and tricks for teaching Linguistics with technology
A free event for tutors in Higher Education
Date: 17 February 2005
Location: CILT, London
The Subject Centre, in conjunction with CILT, the National Centre for
Languages, is hosting a free-of-charge, one-day workshop to explore the ways
in which new technologies can enhance the teaching of Linguistics.
We therefore would like to invite any speakers from the HE sector who may
wish to present examples of good practice in the use of technology for
teaching Linguistics (rather than specific tools which are used for
* common tools such as the Microsoft Office suite, e.g. Word, Powerpoint;
* software designed specifically for supporting learning, e.g. Blackboard,
WebCT and Moodle
* tools for creating electronic materials, e.g. concordancers, exercise
generators and web authoring software.
* discussion lists, both email-based and online fora
Participants on the day will be invited to bring along and present examples
of materials and techniques they have developed, but we are currently
seeking items for the main core programme.
If you would like to present an item at this event, please contact David E
Newton at CILT (david.newtoncilt.org.uk or 020 7395 0841).
David E Newton
Higher Education Development Officer
CILT, the National Centre for Languages
London WC2N 4LB
Tel: 020 7395 0841 (Direct) or 020 7379 5101 x266
Fax: 020 7379 5082
Research in Modern Languages in the UK is a central database of MFL
research - http://www.languagesresearch.ac.uk/
Message 2: The Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really Matter?
From: Isidora Stojanovic <isidorastanford.edu>
Subject: The Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really Matter?
Full Title: The Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really
Date: 05-Jul-2005 - 05-Jul-2005
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Isidora Stojanovic
Meeting Email: isidorastanford.edu
Web Site: http://spworkshop.online.fr
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics;
Call Deadline: 25-Mar-2005
Workshop held in conjunction with CONTEXT 05, the Fifth International
Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context.
The semantics/pragmatics distinction has been very much discussed lately.
The aim of the workshop is to examine the relationship among the different
criteria that have been used to distinguish pragmatic phenomena from
semantic ones, to elicit proposals for new criteria, and to discuss the
relevance and the applications of the semantics/pragmatics distinction.
Despite many attempts to draw the distinction between semantics and
pragmatics, there seems to be no general agreement as to what the
distinction really amounts to. For a long time, the notion of context was a
key element, since it was held that all context-dependent phenomena of
natural language belonged in the realm of pragmatics. However, it is widely
accepted today that some arguably semantic phenomena, such as indexicality
or deixis, are deeply contextual. It has been suggested that semantics only
appeals to 'narrow' context, but how should we draw the distinction between
broad and narrow context in the first place? The semantics/pragmatics
'interface' is one of the hottest topics in philosophy of language today.
Part of the problem is that the different criteria used in drawing the line
between semantics and pragmatics do not quite coincide. For example, the
idea that pragmatics is concerned with the use of words while semantics is
concerned with their linguistic meaning squares badly with the conception
of semantics as the study of truth conditions, given that truth value
sometimes depends on how one and the same word is being used (eg on who is
using the pronoun ''I''). The aim of the workshop is to confront proposals
by linguists and philosopher. Is there a sharp boundary between semantics
and pragmatics? What are the criteria of delineation? Do they converge?
What makes some better than others? How does the notion of context help in
distinguishing semantics from pragmatics? Finally, is the whole issue
substantial or merely terminological? Although the main topic is the
pragmatics/semantics distinction understood in most general terms,
questions of whether some particular phenomenon, such as reference, is
pragmatic rather than semantic, will also be addressed in the workshop.
Program committee: Kent Bach, Ben Caplan, Gennaro Chierchia, Eros Corazza,
Philippe De Brabanter, Paul Dekker, Bart Geurts, Petra Hendriks, Jeffrey
King, Kepa Korta, Peter Lasersohn, Krista Lawlor, Pascal Ludwig, Jason
Mattausch, Friederike Moltmann, John Perry, François Recanati, Robert van
Rooij, Philippe Schlenker, Gregory Ward
Submissions for papers (12-25 pages) are done exclusively on line. Please
visit the workshop web page (http://spworkshop.online.fr) or the conference
web page (http://context-05.org/).
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