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LINGUIST List 18.2476

Thu Aug 23 2007

Calls: Cognitive Science, Pragmatics, Semantics/South Korea

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        1.    Chungmin Lee, Contrastiveness and/or Scalar Implicatures

Message 1: Contrastiveness and/or Scalar Implicatures
Date: 23-Aug-2007
From: Chungmin Lee <cleesnu.ac.kr>
Subject: Contrastiveness and/or Scalar Implicatures
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Full Title: Contrastiveness and/or Scalar Implicatures
Short Title: Cand/orSI (CIL18)

Date: 21-Jul-2008 - 26-Jul-2008
Location: Seoul, Korea, South
Contact Person: Chungmin Lee
Meeting Email: cleesnu.ac.kr
Web Site: http://www.cil18.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2007

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Contrastiveness in Information Structure and/or Scalar Implicatures
will be held in conjunction with the 18th International Congress of Linguists
(CIL 18)at Korea University, July 21-26, 2008.

Abstract deadline: Aug 31, 2007. Send abstract to the organizer at cleesnu.ac.kr .

Visit the website (http://www.cil18.org/ ) or contact the organizer at
cleesnu.ac.kr. Abstract deadline: Aug 31, 2007.


Chungmin Lee
Seoul Nat'l University
Cell phone: 82-10-8286-3886
Fax: 82-2-880-1366

Ferenc Kiefer
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Invited Speakers

Manfred Krifka (Berlin-Humbuldt)
Laurence Horn (Yale)
Robert van Rooy (Amsterdam)
Enric Vallduvi (Pompeu Fabra)
Arthus Merin (Konstanz)
Daniel Buring (UCLA)


It is fairly well established by now that meaning is regarded as representing
update potential rather than merely truth conditions, taking a dynamic
perspective on semantics and/or pragmatics. Topic - Focus information structure
becomes more complex because of discourse-connected, largely quantificational,
contrastiveness; sets of alternatives are involved in Contrastive Topic and
Contrastive Focus. Contrastiveness and the range of alternatives must be further

At the same time, sets of alternatives are required in the computation of scalar
implicatures. What would be the range of relevant or comparable alternatives?
Gricean, neo-Gricean, relevance-theoretic or other'relevant'? Utterances with
Contrastive Topic generate scalar implicatures. How do other utterances generate
scalar implicatures? Is the exhaustivity operator exh good enough? What would be
an adequate representation - pragmatic, semantic or syntactic? How can a
game-theoretic approach serve as a new model? What other scales work except
Horn's entailment scales? We need a forum to discuss and resolve these
cutting-edge issues.

Important Dates:

- August 31, 2007: Deadline for submitting the abstract.

- November 30, 2007: Notification of acceptance.

Form and submission of abstracts:

An abstract(.pdf or .doc file) should be up to 3 pages long, including data and

The abstract should start with the title of the paper, followed by the text of
the abstract.

Please do not include the author's name in the abstract. On a separate page,
please give the author's name, affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number,
mailing address, the paper title and the session number(title). Those who
already submitted abstracts can submit their revised ones by the new deadline,
stating it is for replacement. Invited speakers are also requested to send their
abstracts (with their names) by the deadline to determine the number of selected

Please send the abstract and the author's information to both cil18cil18.org
and cleesnu.ac.kr.

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