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LINGUIST List 17.541

Sat Feb 18 2006

Calls: Cognitive Science/Belgium;Romance Ling/Brazil

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Mikhail Kissine, Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models
        2.    Francisco Ordóñez, Romania Nova II

Message 1: Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models
Date: 17-Feb-2006
From: Mikhail Kissine <mkissineulb.ac.be>
Subject: Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models

Full Title: Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models

Date: 23-Jun-2006 - 24-Jun-2006
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact Person: Mikhail Kissine
Meeting Email: mkissineulb.ac.be

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics;

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

Among the central issues in the philosophy of language, the determination of the
content conveyed by sentences on the occasion of their utterance is certainly
one that is of major importance to linguists and cognitive scientists. Over the
years, a modicum of agreement has emerged as to what aspects of utterance
meaning pertain to the most pragmatic layers of interpretation. The focus of the
debate has now moved to issues like the literal, truth-conditional or
propositional content of utterances: is it entirely a matter for semantics to
deal with, or does pragmatics affect that content (and, if so, to what extent)?
Around these issues, several major positions have emerged, ranging from
so-called 'radical contextualism' (pragmatics massively impacts on
truth-conditional content) to equally radical 'semantic minimalism' (there is no
such pragmatic impact), through 'moderate contextualism' and 'truth relativism'.

While the debate is still raging, we have thought it useful take a step back and
look at how the various theories fit, or can be made to fit, into general models
of cognition. We have gone on the assumption that compatibility with a plausible
cognitive framework is a legitimate goal for linguistic inquiry. In other words,
we endorse the view that theories of language (and language use) should be
prepared to commit themselves to any conception of the human mind with which
they are compatible.

We hope that the Brussels workshop will offer an opportunity for language
scholars to present their views on the mechanisms underpinning the
interpretation of (certain aspects of) utterances. Our expectation is that
putting these issues in the light of broader psychological assumptions should
clarify the debate about the semantics/pragmatics distinction and provide a
fresh perspective for the evaluation of the different schools of thought that
attempt to answer the tough question: how much of the meaning of expressions
must be accounted for by semantics, and how much by pragmatics?

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation:
Herman Cappelen (University of Oslo)
Marc Dominicy (Université Libre De Bruxelles)
François Recanati (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS Paris)
Deirdre Wilson (University College London)

Abstract submissions:

We welcome submissions of abstracts for 25-minutes papers that address the
implications of theories of utterance-content for cognitive science, or,
conversely, the implications of theories of cognition for our understanding of
utterance-content. A non-exhaustive list of topics we expect to be addressed
includes: gradable adjectives, quantified expressions, loosening/narrowing of
the meaning of predicates, ad hoc concepts, the varieties of quotation,
reference and deference. We also welcome papers from scholars who study language
development, impaired communication, non-verbal communication and non-human

Important dates
Deadline for abstracts: 15th April
Notification of acceptance: 25th April
Workshop: 23-24th June

Abstract format:
- Only electronic submissions are accepted.
- The abstracts should be submitted to the email address:
mkissineulb.ac.be, with the following subject line: ''Utterance Interpretation
and Cognitive Models ''
- The abstract should be sent as an attachment to an email message, in either MS
Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf ) format
- The length of the submissions is a maximum of two A4 sides. The abstract
should clearly indicate the title of the talk, and may include references.
- The abstracts should be prepared for blind review, and include no indication
of the name(s) of the author(s)
- The body of the email message should contain the following information: The
author('s) name(s), affiliation, title of the paper and contact details (postal
and email address)
- A maximum of one submission as author, and one as co-author will be considered

The First Brussels Workshop on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models by
The University of Brussels Doctoral School: ''Theory of mind and language''.

We look forward to receiving your abstract(s) and seeing you at The First
Brussels Workshop on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models.

The organizers

Philippe De Brabanter
UFR anglais - Université de Paris4-Sorbonne
Institut Jean Nicod (Paris)

Mikhail Kissine
Laboratoire de linguistique textuelle et de pragmatique cognitive
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Message 2: Romania Nova II
Date: 17-Feb-2006
From: Francisco Ordóñez <fordoneznotes.cc.sunysb.edu>
Subject: Romania Nova II

Full Title: Romania Nova II

Date: 20-Nov-2006 - 24-Nov-2006
Location: Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
Contact Person: Francisco Ordóñez
Meeting Email: fordoneznotes.cc.sunysb.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Morphology;
Phonology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2006

Meeting Description:

The Research Comission ''Romania Nova'', ALFAL :
II Workshop

Coordinated by:
Mary A.Kato (UNICAMP) and Francisco Ordóñez (Stony Brook, SUNY)

20 a 24 /11/2006

Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, Brazil
during the
V ELFE (Encontro Nacional de Língua Falada e Escrita)

organized by
Maria Denilda Moura (UFAL)


The commission of ¨Romania Nova¨, ALFAL invites papers to its second workshop to
be held in Universidade Federal de Alagoas in the V Econtro Nacional de Língua
Falada e Escrita. The research comission of Romania nova is interested in
promoting and creating a space for comparative studies of the Romance languages
spoken in the Americas. The areas of discussion can be phonology, morphology,
syntax, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. The abstracts are invited
for 30 minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion).

The abstracts should be one page long, with one additional page for examples and
references. Abstract should be sent in pdf or doc format by e-mail to the
contact information provided below.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: July 31
Contact: makatoterra.com.br and/or fordoneznotes.cc.sunysb.edu

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