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Mon Jun 27 2011

Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany

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        1.     Edgar Onea , DGfS 2012 Workshop: Questions in Discourse

Message 1: DGfS 2012 Workshop: Questions in Discourse
Date: 27-Jun-2011
From: Edgar Onea <edgar.oneagooglemail.com>
Subject: DGfS 2012 Workshop: Questions in Discourse
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Full Title: DGfS 2012 Workshop: Questions in Discourse

Date: 07-Mar-2012 - 09-Mar-2012
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Contact Person: Edgar Onea
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/inquisitivesemantics/workshops/questions-in-discourse-2012

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

Questions in Discourse

The workshop focuses on the interaction of form and meaning of linguistic expressions with questions in discourse. It is well known that such an interaction exists, for instance, focus in an answer often corresponds to the wh-word in an explicit or implicit question, and some verbs can even embed overt or concealed questions. Recently, however, important progress has been achieved in this regard.

On the one hand, it has been shown that questions, in particular the question under discussion, affects the interpretation of natural language utterances more deeply than previously assumed, for instance, the interpretation of discourse particles seem to strongly depend on the question under discussion (Beaver & Clark 2008) and even classical phenomena such as presupposition projection have recently been argued to depend on the question under discussion in a substantial way (Simons et al 2010).

On the other hand, recent developments in Inquisitive Semantics (Groenendijk & Roelofsen 2009) suggests that the class of natural language expressions that give rise to alternatives and invite the hearer to choose between these alternative includes not only questions but also all kinds of expressions related to disjunction and indefinites. This gives a new perspective on the meaning of natural language expressions in general as suggesting one or more potential updates of the common ground, and it gives rise to new tools in pragmatics e.g. for the computation of quantity implicatures and the grammatical structure of answers.

Invited Speakers:

David Beaver
Jeroen Groenendijk
Malte Zimmermann

The workshop is part of the yearly DGfS Conference. Registration to the Conference is required.

Call for Papers:

We invite theoretical papers or case studies that discuss the ways in which questions can be captured in a discourse model, the interaction of questions with the interpretation of other expressions, and the inquisitive nature of disjunctive, indefinite, and interrogative constructions.

Instructions for Authors:

Authors can submit anonymous abstracts of at most 250 words via easychair:


Important Dates:

Submission deadline: August 15, 2011
Notification: September 15, 2011
Conference: March 7-9, 2012

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