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Sun Oct 21 2007

Confs: General Linguistics/Germany

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        1.    Uli Sauerland, Experimental Pragmatics 2007

Message 1: Experimental Pragmatics 2007
Date: 21-Oct-2007
From: Uli Sauerland <xpragzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Experimental Pragmatics 2007
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Experimental Pragmatics 2007
Short Title: XPRAG 2007

Date: 13-Dec-2007 - 16-Dec-2007
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Uli Sauerland
Contact Email: xpragzas.gwz-berlin.de
Meeting URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/xprag

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Human communication has always been a focus not only of linguistics, but also
experimental psychology. While traditional linguistic research based on
speakers' judgments will always be the fastest and most reliable way to develop
a general theory of the adult speaker, formal experimental research makes two
important contributions to linguistic theory: (i) populations other than
competent adults can be investigated and (ii) differentiated measurements can be
taken of competent adults and others. Therefore, linguistic and formal
experimental research are not separable, also in the area of semantics and
pragmatics. But only in recent years, a critical mass of researchers with deep
theoretical knowledge and access to experimental methods has emerged such that
one can speak of a field of Experimental Pragmatics. The field has grown and
will continue to grow because of the development and refinement of experimental
methods and new techniques based on technological advances. This conference
serves to keep researchers in the field abreast of current research and to
provide an overview of the field to linguists and psychologists not actively
involved yet.

Preliminary Program (as of October 15th, 2007)
Up to Date Program available at:

Thursday, December 13

Location: ZAS, Schützenstr. 18, third floor,

17:00-18:00 pre-registration

18:00-19:30 Ted Gibson tba.

Friday, December 14

Location: Humboldt-Universität, Senatssaal

09:30-10:00 registration

10:00-11:00 Martin Hackl: tba.

11:00-11:30 coffee

11:30-12:30 Liina Pylkkänen: tba.

12:30-1:00 Philippe Schlenker: commentary on Hackl and Pylkkänen

2:30-3:30 Barbara Kaup: tba.

3:30-4:00 coffee

4:00-5:00 Andrea Gualmini: tba.

5:00-5:30 Ira Noveck: commentary on Kaup and Gualmini

Saturday, December 15

Location: Humboldt-Universität, Dorotheenstr.

10:00-10:30 Lewis Bott: Changes in Activation Levels with Scalar Implicatures

10:30-11:00 Arjen Zondervan: Effects of Question Under Discussion and Focus on
Scalar Implicatures

11:00-12:00 coffee and poster session 1

12:00-12:30 Emmanuel Chemla: Presuppositions vs. Scalar Implicatures:
Experimental Data in Quantified Sentences

12:30-1:00 Rachel Baker, Matt Berends, Alex Djalali, Ryan Doran, Meredith
Larson, Yaron McNabb, and Gregory Ward: Distinguishing the SAID from the
IMPLICATED Using a Novel Experimental Paradigm

2:30-3:30 Jos van Berkum: tba.

3:30-4:00 coffee

4:00-5:00 Reinhard Blutner: Some Experimental Aspects of Optimality-Theoretic

5:00-5:30 Richard Breheny: commentary on Berkum and Blutner

Sunday, December 16,
Location: Humboldt-Universität, Dorotheenstr.

10:00-10:30 Daphna Heller, Daniel Grodner & Michael K. Tanenhaus: Taking
Perspetive: Evidence for Real-Time Integration of Information about Common Ground

10:30-11:00 Julia Holzgrefe, Joanna Blaszczak & Heiner Drenhaus:
Context-Dependency or Default Processing: An ERP Study on Scalar Implicatures

11:00-12:00 coffee and poster session 2

12:00-12:30 John Drury & Karsten Steinhauer: Brain Potentials for Logical
Semantics: (In)definiteness & NPI-Licensing

12:30-1:00 Natalie M. Klein, Whitney Gegg-Harrison, Rachel S. Sussman, Greg N.
Carlson and Michael K. Tanenhaus: Referential Domains and the Real-Time
Processing of 'Weak Definite' Noun Phrases

2:30-3:30 Bart Geurts and Nausicaa Pouscoulos: tba.

3:30-4:00 coffee

4:00-5:00 Napoleon Katsos: tba.

5:00-5:30 Ted Gibson: commentary on Geurts & Pouscoulos and Katsos

Alternate Talks

1. Anne Bezuidenhout, Robin Morris & Cintia Widmann: The DE-Blocking Hypothesis:
The Role of Grammar in Scalar Reasoning

2. Arina Banga, Sanne Berends, Ingeborg Heutinck & Petra Hendriks: Individual
Variation in Drawing Scalar Implicatures

Poster Session 1

Petra Hendriks, Helen de Hoop, Irene Krämer, Erik-Jan Smits, Jennifer Spenader &
Henriëtte de Swart
A Large-Scale Investigation of Scalar Implicature

Edgar Onea
Grammatical and Contextual Alternatives

Daniel Grodner
Experimental Evidence for Rapid Interpretation of Pragmatic 'some'

Danijela Trenkic
Pragmatic Affordances and Linguistic Information in Second Language Reference

Francesca Foppolo
The Cost of Embedded Scalar Implicatures

Kristin Börjesson
Integrating the Graded Salience and Underspecification Hypothese

Anna Verbuk
The Role of the Lexical Component in the Acquisition of Scalar Implicatures

Poster Session 2

Anne Bezuidenhout, Robin Morris & Cintia Widmann
The DE-Blocking Hypothesis: The Role of Grammar in Scalar Reasoning

Vincenzo Moscati
Modality and Negation. A Subset Configuration in the Interpretation of
Multiple-Operators Sentences

Edmundo Kronmüller
Adaptation of the Comprehension System to the Demands of the Conversation: The
Case of Preemption

Bernhard Fisseni & Bernhard Schröder
Putting Focus Interpretation in Context

Benjamin George
Variable Presupposition Strength in Quantifiers

Arina Banga, Sanne Berends, Ingeborg Heutinck & Petra Hendriks
Individual Variation in Drawing Scalar Implicatures

Judith Degen
Some Theoretical Implications of Experimental Evidence on Scalar Implicature


Please preregister by sending an email to xpragzas.gwz-berlin.de.
Registration fee: 30€ (15€ for students and other without income) payable on
site in cash.

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