LINGUIST List 16.362

Sat Feb 05 2005

Calls: Pragmatics/Semantics/France; Typology/Netherlands

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        1.    Isidora Stojanovic, Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really Matter?
        2.    Peter de Swart, PIONIER Workshop on 'Animacy'


Message 1: Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really Matter?

Date: 03-Feb-2005
From: Isidora Stojanovic <isidorastanford.edu>
Subject: Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really Matter?


Full Title: Semantic/Pragmatics Distinction: What Is It, and Does It Really Matter?

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; Semantics

Call Deadline: 25-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

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.

2nd call for papers

THE SEMANTICS/PRAGMATICS DISTINCTION:
WHAT IS IT, AND DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

Workshop held in conjunction with CONTEXT 05 (The Fifth International Interdisciplinary
Conference on Modeling and Using Context)

The aim of the workshop is to examine the relationships among the different criteria used in
distinguishing pragmatic phenomena from semantic ones, to elicit proposals for new criteria,
and to discuss the relevance and the applications of the semantics/pragmatics distinction.

We invite paper submission (12 pages, include 300-500 word abstract) on these and other
related topics:
- the semantics/pragmatics distinction
- the semantics/pragmatics interface
- presupposition, implicature
- reference, what is said
- the role of context in semantics and pragmatics

Program committee:
Kent Bach, SFSU, USA
Ben Caplan, University of Manitoba, Canada
Eros Corazza, Nottingham University, UK
Gennaro Chierchia, University of Milan, Italy
Philippe De Brabanter, Institut Jean Nicod, France
Paul Dekker, ILLC, the Netherlands
Bart Geurts, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Petra Hendriks, CLCG, the Netherlands
Jeffrey King, USC, USA
Kepa Korta, ILCLI, Spain
Peter Lasersohn, University of Illinois, USA
Krista Lawlor, Stanford University, USA
Pascal Ludwig, Université Paris IV, France
Jason Mattausch, ZAS, Germany
Friederike Moltmann, Stirling University, UK
John Perry, Stanford University, USA
François Recanati, Institut Jean Nicod, France
Robert van Rooij, ILLC, the Netherlands
Philippe Schlenker, UCLA, USA
Gregory Ward, Northwestern University, USA

For more information on the workshop and for paper submission modalities, please visit:
http://spworkshop.online.fr

Papers must be submitted online via CONTEXT-05 website: http://context-05.org

Message 2: PIONIER Workshop on 'Animacy'

Date: 03-Feb-2005
From: Peter de Swart <P.deSwartlet.ru.nl>
Subject: PIONIER Workshop on 'Animacy'


Full Title: PIONIER Workshop on 'Animacy'

Date: 19-May-2005 - 20-May-2005
Location: Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Contact Person: Sander Lestrade
Meeting Email: pionierworkshoplet.ru.nl

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories;
Psycholinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2005

Meeting Description:

PIONIER Workshop on 'Animacy'
Dates: May 19 & 20, 2005
Place: Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Organizers: Monique Lamers, Sander Lestrade, and Peter de Swart

Invited speakers:
-Joan Bresnan (Stanford University)
-Östen Dahl (Stockholm University)
-Martin Pickering (University of Edinburgh)

In this workshop we wish to collect insights from researchers working on
animacy from a theoretical, typological, and/or experimental perspective.

PIONIER Workshop on 'Animacy'
Second Call for Papers
Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2005

PIONIER Workshop on ''Animacy''
Dates: May 19 & 20, 2005
Place: Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Organizers: Monique Lamers, Sander Lestrade, and Peter de Swart

Invited speakers:
- Joan Bresnan (Stanford University)
- Östen Dahl (Stockholm University)
- Martin Pickering (University of Edinburgh)

Where argument features such as thematic role, person, number and gender have played a major
role in the development of formal theories of language, there is no agreement on the role animacy
might have in grammar (see, for instance, the discussion between Newmeyer (2002) and Bresnan
and Aissen (2002)). Nevertheless, animacy is reported to play an important role in many
languages of the world.

On the one hand we find clear cases in which animacy surfaces in the grammar. A case in point
are languages with a so-called differential object marking system (Aissen 2003). In these
languages overt morphological marking of the object is often dependent on the animacy features
of this argument: Direct objects that are animate are overtly marked whereas ones that are
inanimate lack overt morphological marking.

On the other hand we see that animacy plays a role in the 'background' even in languages in
which it does not surface overtly. From corpus studies it is a well-known fact that in transitive
sentences animate NPs occur more often in subject position and inanimate NPs in object position.
Where in some languages the constraint that subjects should be higher than objects in animacy is
grammaticalized, in other languages this constraint surfaces as a statistical tendency (see Dahl
and Fraurud (1996) for Swedish).

Furthermore, there is long-known evidence from psycholinguistic research for the on-line use of
animacy information in both comprehension (Trueswell, Tanenhaus, and Garnsey 1994) and
production (Prat-Sala, Branigan, Pickering and Shillcock, (1996)). There is, nevertheless, an
ongoing debate how animacy exactly affects the on-line processes, and how it relates to the use of
other types of information (e.g. (morpho)syntactic, prosodic, pragmatic, and other types of
conceptual information).

We think time is ripe to pin down the importance of animacy in languages and grammar, language
processing, and language acquisition. In this workshop we wish to collect insights from theoretical,
typological, and experimental linguistics. Researchers that address one of the following topics
(among many others) are encouraged to contribute:

- Experimental studies with an animacy manipulation
- Modelling the role of animacy in production and comprehension
- Case studies on the role of animacy in specific languages
- Generalizations on the role of animacy across languages
- Formal accounts of animacy effects and the role of animacy in theories of
language
- Bridging the gap between formal linguistics and experimental linguistics

Deadline of submission: February 10, 2005
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2005
Dates of workshop: May 19 & 20, 2005

Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and
examples, with 1-inch margins, times 12pt, and single-spacing. Please send your abstract as a
PDF-file to pionierworkshoplet.ru.nl. Please specify your name, title of your paper, e-mail
address, institution and affiliation in the message body of your email.
If you have any further questions please send an e-mail to the organizers at
pionierworkshoplet.ru.nl.

future information on this workshop can be found at www.ru.nl/pionier/animacy

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