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LINGUIST List 25.183

Sun Jan 12 2014

Calls: Pragmatics/Germany

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

Date: 12-Jan-2014
From: Frank Liedtke <liedtkeuni-leipzig.de>
Subject: Beyond Words 2 - New Developments in Pragmatics
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Full Title: Beyond Words 2 - New Developments in Pragmatics

Date: 02-May-2014 - 03-May-2014
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Frank Liedtke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://beyondwords2014.wordpress.com/

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

The conference will capture new developments in pragmatics, especially within the field of contextualist approaches to utterance interpretation. The central topic will be how contextual information about the circumstances of the utterance should be represented within a pragmatic theory. Should it be located 'within' the utterance (as unarticulated constituent) or 'outside' as part of the common ground speaker and hearer share? Is the definition of common ground and consequently the ascription of utterance meaning bound essentially to the speaker / hearer perspectives, thus is meaning perspectival?

Generally one may ask whether common ground is something which is given in advance or whether it is something which emerges during the interaction of participants, which are oriented towards salient features of the current situation? Eventually, the ethnological dimension of verbal behavior will be a topic, including the discussion of the nature - culture - distinction.

Invited Speakers:

Julia Fischer, Universität Göttingen
The richness of nonhuman primate communication

Istvan Kecskes, Universität Albany
The interplay of recipient design and salience in shaping speaker meaning

Ulf Liszkowski, Universität Hamburg
Socio-cultural origins of prelinguistic communication

Jacques Moeschler, Universität Genf
How are pragmatic meanings connected to logical ones? The case of logical words

Svend F. Sager, Universität Hamburg
Beispiele für verbales Verhalten. Grundlagen einer Gesprächsethologie.

Uli Sauerland, ZAS Berlin
Intermediate Implicatures and the Epistemic Step

Michael Tomasello, MPI für Evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
Communicating without Conventions

2nd Call for Papers:

Beyond Words2
New developments in pragmatics

Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig University, 2 May – 3 May 2014

The conference will capture new developments in pragmatics, including the cultural, social and anthropological preconditions of language use. New research results as well as work in progress may be presented from all areas of pragmatics. The following three general topics will come up during the conference:

- It is self-evident that contextual information about the circumstances of the utterance is crucial for utterance understanding, but it is still open to debate how it has to be represented within a pragmatic theory. Should it be located ‘within’ the utterance (e.g. as ‘unarticulated constituent’) or ‘outside’ as part of the environment speaker and hearer share? Is there an ‘Austinian proposition’ figuring as a domain in which linguistic and contextual information is amalgated?

- Communication is an activity in which participants strive to adjust their perspectives on the surrounding facts and the ongoing interaction in order to maintain or firstly achieve at a joint basis for their communicative interchange. So the question is how the participants arrive at a mutually accepted common ground. Are they cooperative from the beginning or are they oriented egocentrically towards salient features of the situation, whereas common ground is an emergent property of the communication?

- What are the fundamental features of human communication in the sense of culturally grounded behavior? How does human communication develop with regard to pointing and joint attention as early communicative practices between children and adults. Eventually the distinction between action and behavior (or cultural and natural behavior) will be discussed concerning their respective theoretical preconditions.

Conference languages are English and German.

If you want to give a talk (30 min.) at the conference, please send in your abstract before 28 February 2014 to:


Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 March 2014.

Some contributions of the first pragmatics conference of 2010 are documented in: Beyond Words. Content, Context, and Inference. Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter 2013 (Mouton Series in Pragmatics, 15).

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