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Fri Jan 15 2010

FYI: Second Call for Proposals: EURO-XPRAG

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Message 1: Second Call for Proposals: EURO-XPRAG
Date: 14-Jan-2010
From: Bart Geurts <bart.geurtsphil.ru.nl>
Subject: Second Call for Proposals: EURO-XPRAG
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EURO-XPRAG: Second Call for Proposals

Collaborative Research in Experimental Pragmatics
Travel Grants for Short Visits


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 ESF is
presenting a second call for proposals that will support collaborative

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 March 1,
2010. The travel expenses must be distributed over two or three short
trips (see note a in ''Further Details'' below). Note that proposals that
include a single collaborator from a non-member country (e.g.
U.S.A., Japan, Canada) will also be considered (such collaborations
are required to respect the same expense-limits as those taking
place within Europe and, by ESF rules, can only be a small number
of all accepted calls).

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 (which will be on the
home website, www.euro-xprag.org) on creating an Adversarial

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).

Further Details:

Projects should be between 2 and 4 pages (in PDF, 12 pt font, 2.5 cm
margins, A4) and include the following sections:
1. Researchers involved, their affiliations and email addresses
(indicate primary contact).
2. Background of the topic.
3. Planned method and goals of the study.
4. Project plan including dates of travel, budget, and host institutions.
Appendix. Short CVs of the researchers involved.

Applications should be submitted by email to infoeuro-xprag.org
Deadline: February 18th, 2010
Decisions will be announced by March 10th.
Successful projects are expected to contribute design details to a
public database after the initial publication of results.

In order to plan the budget (maximum 4,000 Euros per project),
please consult the following webpage:


Reimbursement of travel expenses will be administered through the
ESF as Short visits following the guidelines in the webpage. After
each visit a one-page report must be submitted to the ESF.

If one is in need of advice concerning partners (networking), send an
email to infoeuro-xprag.org.

Selection Committee:
Ira Noveck (L2C2, Lyon)
Richard Breheny (UCL London)
Walter Schaeken (Leuven)
Peter Pagin (Stockholm)
Jacques Moeschler (Geneva)
Bart Geurts (Nijmegen)
Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin)
Louis McNally (UPF Barcelona)
Katarzyna Bromberek-Dyzman (Poznan)
Bergljot Behrens (Oslo)

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics

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