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FYI: Experimental Pragmatics - Travel Grants Available

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Message 1: Experimental Pragmatics - Travel Grants Available
Date: 25-Jun-2010
From: Bart Geurts <bart.geurtsphil.ru.nl>
Subject: Experimental Pragmatics - Travel Grants Available
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Collaborative Research in Experimental Pragmatics - Travel Grants Available
for Short Visits!

Experimental pragmatics investigates and develops explicit theories of
language use and of communication using the methodologies of
psycholinguistics and, more generally, of experimental psychology.

After having seen accelerated growth over the last ten years, experimental
pragmatics is now in a better position to resolve theoretical disputes, to
investigate semantic and pragmatic phenomena experimentally, to employ
theory-making in order to account for data 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 Networking Program
known as EURO-XPRAG supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF) is
presenting a third call for proposals that will support collaborative research.

Given the goals of Experimental Pragmatics, EURO-XPRAG is seeking proposals
that will bring teams of at least two researchers (across separate
countries) together to enrich the field through collaborations. These
collaborations will ideally test between theoretical predictions through
experimentation, experimentally investigate semantic and pragmatic
phenomena with the benefit of a theoretical approach, or develop theories
that can account for experimental-pragmatic findings.

Accepted projects will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to EUR 4000
distributed over a two year period starting October 15th, 2010. The travel
expenses must be distributed over two or three short trips, with the first
trip taking place in 2010, as soon as two weeks after notification and
before mid-December 2010 (see note B in “Further details” below).
Reimbursement of travel expenses will be administered through the ESF as
Short Visits following the guidelines specified below. After each visit a
one-page report must be submitted to the ESF.

EURO-XPRAG can fund up to 20 proposals through this call, compared to 7 on
average from the prior two. 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 as specified by ESF
rules). Selection of proposals is based on scientific quality alone.

In addition, successful applicants will be invited to present their
projects at a workshop to be held in the fall or winter of 2011 (date and
lieu to be determined). The workshop’s objectives will be to provide
feedback on the experimental paradigms and their testing of semantic and
pragmatic theory. Separate funds are available for workshop attendance so
all grantees can attend.

The potential themes to be covered include, but are not limited to,
presupposition, referential terms, metaphor and figurative uses of
language, 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).

Websites:

http://www.euro-xprag.org/
http://www.euro-xprag.org/activities/call-for-proposals/

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,a 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: September 15th, 2010

Decisions will be announced by October 1st.

Successful projects are expected to contribute design details to a public
database after the initial publication of results.

Notes

A: Given the scope of these projects, the number of participants should be
reasonable. EURO-XPRAG will not necessarily fund all members of a project
if the number of researchers appears excessive.

B: In order to plan the budget (maximum 4000 euros per project), please
consult the following webpage:
http://www.esf.org/activities/research-networking-programmes/guidelines-for-management-of-esf-research-networking-programmes/appendix-3.html
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

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

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