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LINGUIST List 24.4289

Wed Oct 30 2013

Calls: Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Linguistics, Psycholinguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Oct-2013
From: Rachel Dudley <rachel.elaine.dudleygmail.com>
Subject: Language and Other Minds
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Full Title: Language and Other Minds
Short Title: PHLINC 2

Date: 14-Feb-2014 - 15-Feb-2014
Location: College Park, MD, USA
Contact Person: Rachel Dudley
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://phling.umd.edu

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

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

PHLING, a research consortium made up of students and faculty from the departments of linguistics and philosophy at the University of Maryland, is hosting its second biennial PHLINC symposium on February 14-15, 2014.

The title of the symposium is PHLINC 2: Language and Other Minds and the topic is attitudes and attitude ascriptions, with a special emphasis on knowledge ascription and related phenomena such as presupposition, factivity and evidentiality. PHLINC 2 will include invited talks from Mandy Simons (Carnegie Mellon University) and Jason Stanley (Yale University), as well as a special discussion session on acquisition issues in this area, led by Shevaun Lewis (Johns Hopkins University).

Call for Papers:

The use of language relates to an awareness of other minds in two important ways. First, communication depends fundamentally on a sensitivity to the intentions and beliefs of others in conversation. Presupposition and implicature are interesting special cases of this. Second, with verbs like ''think'' and ''know'', we can talk about mental states explicitly, in ways that create familiar semantic challenges. Acquiring a language therefore involves the development of competence in both areas, not a simple task.

In this conference, we invite discussion of both sorts of relations between language and other minds, from the perspectives of philosophy, linguistics and cognitive or developmental psychology. What understanding of knowledge, belief, desire and intention is expressed in the meanings of attitude verbs? In what ways does the use of such verbs rely on pragmatic enrichment? What is the correct understanding of knowledge in conversation, as expressed in presuppositions, evidentials, or epistemic modals? By what path do children become competent in these various areas? And what does this tell us about the linguistic representation of mental states, or semantic theories of attitude verbs?

Submissions are open to graduate student researchers only. Presenters will have 30 minutes to present their work, followed by 15 minutes for round-table discussion. Submissions to the conference may take one of two forms, depending on the author's preferences:

Type 1: Abstract. Maximum of 1 page of text single-spaced, 12pt font, with an additional page for examples, figures, and references.

Type 2: Paper. Maximum 4000 words, double-spaced, 12pt font, suitable for a 30 minute presentation. Please include references.

All submissions will be considered by an interdisciplinary panel of reviewers. As a goal of the conference is to bring together researchers with a strong focus on interdisciplinary cognitive science, reviewers will be looking for evidence in abstract/paper submissions that the author(s) are able to communicate effectively to individuals outside of their primary field.

We will be accepting submissions until December 15, 2013, with final selections to be made by January 15, 2014. Abstracts should be uploaded to EasyChair (abstracts, like papers, should be loaded as a separate document): https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=phlinc2 .

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