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LINGUIST List 20.2447

Thu Jul 09 2009

FYI: Call For Proposals: EURO-XPRAG, ESF Funding

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        1.    Bart Geurts, Call For Proposals: EURO-XPRAG, ESF Funding

Message 1: Call For Proposals: EURO-XPRAG, ESF Funding
Date: 06-Jul-2009
From: Bart Geurts <bart.geurtsphil.ru.nl>
Subject: Call For Proposals: EURO-XPRAG, ESF Funding
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Collaborative Research in Experimental Pragmatics: Travel Grants for Short

Research in experimental pragmatics generates data as it tests between
theories of pragmatics. After having seen accelerated growth over the last
ten years, experimental pragmatics is now in a better position to resolve
theoretical disputes, to advance beyond armchair theory-making, and to make
pragmatic theories more accessible to the cognitive science community at
large. As part of an effort to provide a more permanent platform, a
Research Network Program known as EURO-XPRAG supported by the European
Science Foundation (ESF) is now kicking off through a call for proposals
that will support collaborative research.

Proposals that are accepted will bring together teams of at least two
researchers to conduct collaborative research in experimental pragmatics.
Accepted projects will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to EUR 4,000
distributed over a two year period starting October 15th, 2009. The travel
expenses must be distributed over two or three short trips, with the first
trip taking place in 2009 (see note a in ''Further details'' at

In addition, successful applicants will be invited to present their
projects at a workshop to be held at the University of Leuven, Belgium, on
June 10-12, 2010. The workshop's objectives will be to provide feedback on
the experimental paradigms and their testing of semantic and pragmatic theory.

Given that the goal of Experimental Pragmatics is to bring together
opposing theories around the investigation of specific phenomena,
EURO-XPRAG will privilege proposals built around Adversarial
Collaborations. Ideally, these consist of a group containing two
researchers with opposing points of view on a specific topic and an
arbiter. The members of the collaboration would aim to work out in detail
specific opposing predictions within an experimental paradigm and
ultimately to test those predictions. This has been practiced among
cognitive scientists in the past and requires a strong arbiter to mount a
mutually agreed experiment. See Mellers, Hertwig & Kahnemann, (2001), and
especially Table 1 (at the website http://euro-xprag.org) on creating an
Adversarial Collaboration.

The potential themes to be covered include, but are not limited to,
presupposition, referential terms, metaphor and figurative uses,
implicatures, acquisition and development of pragmatics, and lexical
pragmatics. Proposals will be evaluated for their overall quality and for
the added value they bring to Experimental Pragmatics. Funds are limited to
travel expenses linked to the collaboration (i.e. they are not designed for
costs related to experimental procedures, which can be covered by other
sources or by the host institutions).

For further information, go to http://euro-xprag.org.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

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