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LINGUIST List 21.4501

Tue Nov 09 2010

Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics/Slovenia

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        1.     Judith Tonhauser , Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011

Message 1: Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011
Date: 08-Nov-2010
From: Judith Tonhauser <judithling.osu.edu>
Subject: Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011
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Full Title: Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011

Date: 08-Aug-2011 - 12-Aug-2011
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contact Person: Judith Tonhauser
Meeting Email: judithling.osu.edu
Web Site: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~judith/ESSLLI2011-projection-workshop

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2011

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of perspectives on the topic
of projective meanings, that class of meaning elements which tend to
survive as utterance implications even when the triggering expression is
embedded under the syntactic scope of entailment-canceling operators. This
class includes the projective contents of presupposition triggers, but also
Conventional Implicatures, some evidentials, and other non-presuppositional
but projecting content.

Classically, the projection problem (Langendoen & Savin 1971) was studied
in conjunction with the presuppositions triggered by factives, anaphora,
aspectual verbs like stop, additive particles like too, etc. More recently,
various authors have noticed that not all that projects is presupposed
(Chierchia & McConnell-Ginet 1990; Beaver 2001; Potts 2005; Roberts 2006;
Roberts, Simons, Beaver & Tonhauser 2009; Simons, Tonhauser, Beaver &
Roberts 2010). Hence, the classical accounts of presupposition projection,
based on the Common Ground condition (Karttunen 1974; Stalnaker 1974; Heim
1983) or its anaphoric counterpart in DRT (van der Sandt 1992; Geurts 1996)
are not adequate to account for the full range of triggers displaying
projective behavior. Some authors propose separate accounts for
non-presuppositional projection triggers (see Potts 2005 for CIs), while
others argue for a unified account (Roberts et al. 2009; Jayez 2009; cf.
Abbott's 2000 secondary entailments). Moreover, to date most of the work
on projective meanings generally, and on presuppositions more narrowly, is
on English and a handful of other languages.

The central purpose of the workshop is to foster dialogue among scholars
working on these issues, with a special interest in broadening the
empirical base of the discussion by drawing in researchers working on a
wider range of languages. The workshop will address fundamental questions
pertaining to this class: How can projective meaning be identified reliably
across languages? Do projective meanings share any unifying property? Do
projective meanings interact semantically with ordinary meaning or with
each other, and what might that tell us about the appropriate form of a
theory of interpretation? The workshop will include a poster session to
foster broader participation, as well as papers selected from submitted
abstracts. Those who work on under-studied languages are especially
encouraged to participate.

Call For Papers

Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit an anonymous, extended abstract. Submissions
should not exceed 2 pages, including references. Please email your
submission in PDF format to projectiveling.osu.edu. Abstracts will be
anonymously reviewed by the workshop organizers.

Workshop Format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It
will consist of seven paper presentations and a poster session, as well as
introductory and summary discussions, over five consecutive days in the
second week of ESSLLI. During the first week of ESSLLI, the workshop
organizers will offer a course on projective meanings, including
presuppositions, and their cross-linguistic study. Further information
about the workshop will be posted here:
http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~judith/ESSLLI2011-projection-workshop

Timeline:

Submission deadline: February 15, 2011
Notification: March 7, 2011
Workshop dates: August 8-12, 2011

Practical Information:

All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to
register for ESSLLI; workshop presenters will be able to register at a
reduced rate to be determined by the local organizers.

Further Information about ESSLLI: http://esslli2011.ijs.si/

The workshop is organized with the support of the US National Science
Foundation (grant #0952571, 'Semantics and Pragmatics of Projective
Meaning across Languages') to Craige Roberts (OSU) and Judith Tonhauser
(OSU), with collaborative grants to David Beaver (UT Austin) and Mandy
Simons (CMU).

Workshop Organizers:
Craige Roberts (OSU)
Judith Tonhauser (OSU)
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