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LINGUIST List 24.4064

Wed Oct 16 2013

Confs: Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Oct-2013
From: Brian Leahy <brian.leahyuni-konstanz.de>
Subject: Conditionals: Compositional and Epistemological Issues
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Conditionals: Compositional and Epistemological Issues

Date: 23-Oct-2013 - 24-Oct-2013
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Contact: Johannes Schmitt
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://cms.uni-konstanz.de/what-if/events/workshop-october-2013-p1-and-p2/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

One of the centers of gravity of the What If? research group is the semantic and pragmatic behaviour of conditional sentences. Members of two sub-projects, led respectively by Wolfgang Spohn and Maribel Romero, have jointly organized a workshop aimed at gaining new insights on those behaviours.

Spohn's project aims to explain our reasoning with conditionals using doxastic notions such as conditional belief and ranking-theoretic relevance. Romero's project investigates pragmatic features of counterfactual utterances, such as the presuppositions of conditional structures and the information of counter-factual antecedent falsity, as well as compositional semantic features, such as the contribution of tense, mood, aspect, or other devices to the truth-conditions of conditional sentences. This workshop is comprised of presentations that aim to address these and closely related issues.

Ranking-theoretic approaches to conditional semantics, like probabilistic approaches, lend themselves best to non-truth conditional semantics for conditionals, whereas meaning composition is standardly carried out in a truth-conditional framework. We hope that this workshop will also provide an opportunity for proponents of both sides of this issue to meet squarely, to discuss openly the differences in explanatory goals and theoretical requirements that may lead a theorist either to assert or deny that all conditionals should be given a truth-conditional semantics.

We happily invite any interested participants.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

11 am to 12 pm
Early lunch (Optional)

12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Introduction: Wolfgang Spohn

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Angelika Kratzer
Hunting down the material conditional

1:45 pm to 3 pm
Michela Ippolito
Resolving the context-dependence of counterfactuals

3 pm to 3:30 pm
Coffee break

3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Johannes Schmitt
Conditionals and the preservation of confidence

4.45 pm to 6 pm
Moritz Schulz
Restriction and modification?

7 pm

Thursday, October 24, 2013

9 am to 9:15 am

09:15 am to 10:30 am
Arthur Merin
Tonicity and logicality of conditionals

10:30 am to 11:45 am
Brian Leahy
Toward a unified semantics of indicatives and counterfactuals

11:45 am to 1:15 pm

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Maribel Romero
Dissecting 'fake tense' in counterfactuals

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Stefan Kaufmann
Truth, belief and probability

3:45 pm to 4:15 pm
Coffee break

4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
Seth Yalcin,
Iffy attitudes

5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Thony Gillies
Partial information and layered modality

7:30 pm

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