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LINGUIST List 21.2851

Thu Jul 08 2010

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Germany

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        1.    Katja Jasinskaja, Implicatures and Discourse Structure

Message 1: Implicatures and Discourse Structure
Date: 08-Jul-2010
From: Katja Jasinskaja <jasinskims.uni-stuttgart.de>
Subject: Implicatures and Discourse Structure
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Full Title: Implicatures and Discourse Structure

Date: 23-Feb-2011 - 25-Feb-2011
Location: Göttingen, Germany
Contact Person: Fabienne Salfner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_diskursstruktur.html

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 20-Jul-2010

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Implicatures and Discourse Structure
Organizers: Anton Benz, Katja Jasinskaja, Fabienne Salfner

Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-25,

Human communication is characterized by the ability to convey more
information than uttered just by words. There are two major theoretical
frameworks that approach this matter from different perspectives: one is the
theory of rhetorical relations that characterizes the macro-structure of
discourse. This approach derives the additional content from the kind of
connection between discourse segments. The other approach is the theory of
conversational implicatures, which usually considers a single speech act and
derives the additional content from the assumption that the communication
participants observe the conversational maxims. The workshop will provide a
platform to discuss the interplay of these two aspects of pragmatic inference:
discourse structure and implicatures.

Keynote speakers:
Bart Geurts
Nicholas Asher

Programme committee:
Nicholas Asher
Maria Averintseva-Klisch
Anton Benz
Christian Chiarcos
Michael Franke
Bart Geurts
Gerhard Jäger
Katja Jasinskaja
Elena Karagjosova
Edgar Onea
Janina Radó
Robert van Rooij
Uli Sauerland
Fabienne Salfner
Barbara Schmiedtova
Katrin Schulz
Maria Spychalska
Carla Umbach
Kazuko Yatsushiro
Henk Zeevat

Second Call for Papers

We invite talks related (but not limited) to one of the following topics:

- The identification of discourse parameters (discourse relations, topic
structure, gestures etc.) which affect or are affected by the derivation of
- Experimental or corpus-based studies on the interaction of discourse
structure and implicatures;
- Discourse dependency of generalized vs. particularized implicatures;
- Theoretical models of the interaction of implicatures and discourse.

The studies can be embedded in any theoretical framework including:

- (S)DRT
- question-based models
- game theory
- optimality theory
- relevance theory

or not represent any specific framework.


Please submit anonymous abstracts of 2 pages including examples and
references in the PDF format via EasyChair at
The abstracts should include a title, the research question, an indication of
the theoretical framework and/or empirical methodology and a brief summary
of the results. Accepted papers will be allotted 30 min. including discussion.
The languages of the conference are English and German.

Important dates:

July 20, 2010: Abstract submission deadline
September 1, 2010: Notification of acceptance
December 1, 2010: Final abstracts for the conference proceedings
February 23-25, 2011: Workshop

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