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What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence
Message 1: What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence
From: Petra Schumacher <petra.schumacheruni-mainz.de>
Subject: What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence
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Full Title: What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence
Date: 23-Feb-2011 - 25-Feb-2011
Location: Goettingen, Germany
Contact Person: Petra Schumacher
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.linguistik.uni-mainz.de/schumacher/publications/what-is-a-context/
Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2010
What is a Context? - Theoretical and Experimental Evidence
Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German Linguistic
Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-25, 2011.
Jörg Meibauer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Petra Schumacher, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Call for Papers
Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-
Most linguists will agree that 'context' is a fundamental notion for linguistic
analysis and theory. But when it comes to pinpoint what exactly a context is,
most researchers act reluctantly, i.e. they parameterize their notion according
to their empirical or theoretical aims. For example, Bach (2005: 21), in a
paper devoted to an attack on so-called contextualists, explains: 'What is
loosely called 'context' is the conversational setting broadly construed. It is
the mutual cognitive context, or salient common ground. It includes the
current state of the conversation (what has just been said, what has just been
referred to, etc.), the physical setting (if the conversants are face to face),
salient mutual knowledge between the conversants, and relevant broader
common knowledge'. However, such definitions cannot substitute a
comprehensive theory of context. The very fact that in recent discussions on
the semantics-pragmatics interface, rivaling camps such as 'minimalists'
versus 'contextualists' entertain quite different notions of context and context-
dependent meaning, shows that there is a need for in-depth discussion of the
notion(s) and theories dealing with context. Even in recent psycho- and
neurolinguistic research that is devoted to the semantics-pragmatics interface
and pragmatic enrichment, it becomes increasingly clear that aspects of
contextual knowledge that should be controlled are in fact not always under
control, this possibly having to do with the 'emergent' character of context.
Our workshop aims at bringing together all linguists interested in context
research, be it from the perspective of the semantics-pragmatics interface in
general, from the conversationalist perspective, from computational
linguistics, or from psycho- and neurolinguistics. In particular, we invite
contributions that focus on specific aspects of contextual information and
that are geared towards choosing between distinct notions of context.
Reference: Bach, Kent (2005): Context ex machina. In: Szabó, Zolán Gendler
(ed.)(2005): Semantics versus Pragmatics. Oxford: Clarendon, 15-44.
Robyn Carston (University College London)
Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt (University of Cambridge)
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minutes presentations plus 10
minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and confined to one
page (including examples and references) with 1-inch margins and a font no
smaller than 11 point.
Please send a pdf-file to petra.schumacher(at)uni-mainz.de. The subject of
the message should specify‚ 'DGfS Abstract', and the body of the message
should include author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact information (including
email address), and the title of the abstract.
The languages of the conference are English and German, and abstracts
should be written in the language of presentation. However, we encourage
submission of papers in English.
August 31, 2010: Deadline for abstract submission
September 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance
February 23-25, 2011: DGfS Workshop
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