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Full Title: Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models 4

Short Title: UICM 4
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Start Date: 02-Sep-2013 - 03-Sep-2013
Contact: Nicolas Ruytenbeek
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Meeting URL: http://student.ulb.ac.be/~nruytenb/website/Projects.html
Meeting Description: Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models 4 (UICM4)
September 2-3, 2013
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

We are happy to announce the fourth edition of the conference ‘Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models’ (UICM4) that will take place in Brussels on September 2-3, 2013.

For this edition we would like to focus on questions related to implicit contents in utterance interpretation. Among the different ways for a content to be implicit, we will choose as the topic of the conference pragmatic inferences, related, for instance, to non-literal and affective contents, style effects, indirect speech acts, displays of politeness (this list is, of course, not exhaustive).

The conference aims at reaching across disciplinary boundaries and bringing together researchers who take a view of interpretation that is informed by cognitive concerns. We believe that a better understanding of how utterances come to be endowed with meaning, particularly in cases where it is conveyed implicitly, calls for collaboration between various subfields of linguistics, as well as with other disciplines. We hope that the fourth conference on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models will help discussing the challenging and exciting issues concerning implicit communication.

For more information about the previous edition of UICM: http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~uicm3/

Keynote Speakers:

Elisabeth Camp (University of Pennsylvania)
Rachel Giora (University of Tel Aviv)
Raymond Gibbs (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Marina Terkourafi (University of Urbana-Champaign, Illinois)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 24.1929

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