LINGUIST List 19.3960

Mon Dec 22 2008

Calls: Anthropological Ling,Applied Ling/USA; Philosophy of Lang/France

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>


        1.    Lyle Campbell, Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
        2.    Nathan Klinedinst, New Directions in the Theory of Presupposition


Message 1: Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
Date: 22-Dec-2008
From: Lyle Campbell <lyle.campbelllinguistics.utah.edu>
Subject: Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
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Full Title: Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America Short Title: CELCNA

Date: 27-Mar-2009 - 29-Mar-2009 Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Contact Person: Elizabeth Neilson Meeting Email: e.neilsonlinguistics.utah.edu). If you need information not easily arranged via e-mail, please call: Tel. 801-587-0720 or 801-581-3441 during business hours, or Fax 801-585-7351.
Message 2: New Directions in the Theory of Presupposition
Date: 22-Dec-2008
From: Nathan Klinedinst <nathankucl.ac.uk>
Subject: New Directions in the Theory of Presupposition
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Full Title: New Directions in the Theory of Presupposition

Date: 27-Jul-2009 - 31-Jul-2009 Location: Bordeaux, France Contact Person: Nathan Klinedinst Meeting Email: nathankucl.ac.uk Web Site: http://essllipresupposition2009.blogspot.com/

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

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2009

Meeting Description:

An interdisciplinary workshop on presupposition at ESSLLI 2009, Bordeaux, France.

Call for Papers

The last ten years has seen a wealth of new developments on the topic of presupposition and, in particular, the projection problem for presupposition. While there had been considerable interest in the seventies in developing entirely pragmatic accounts of presupposition triggering and projection (Wilson, 1974, Stalnaker 1977, Grice, 1981), these accounts had generally not been sufficiently developed to match the dynamic accounts developed in the eighties in predictive power. Recent work, such as that of Schlenker (2006, 2008), however, has shown that broadly pragmatic accounts can also have considerable predictive power. In addition, trivalent approaches based on such techniques as supervaluations and the Strong Kleene connectives, which were dismissed by many long ago, have recently attracted new interest (Beaver and Krahmer, 2001, George, 2008, Fox, 2008) and have been shown capable of handling many empirical issues in presupposition projection. Thus there is no longer a clear consensus on how we should explain presupposition projection. In addition, experimental work has raised interesting questions about what the basic facts of presupposition projection are and suggests that real empirical work is needed to determine some of the subtleties (Chemla 2007). There has also been renewed interest in the triggering problem (Simons, 2001, Abusch, 2002) which naturally links up to the projection problem, as well as recent theoretical work on foundational issues such as the notion of common ground and accommodation (Beaver and Zeevat, 2004, von Fintel, 2001, 2006, Stalnaker, 2002).

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers on presupposition to discuss these new developments and connect some of the different theoretical and empirical questions, which are too often considered in isolation.

We invite submission of abstracts from linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists, addressing formal or foundational issues about theories of presupposition, or offering new empirical perspectives that bear on them. We especially encourage papers that address questions about the explanatory depth of different theories or the triggering problem, or introduce new forms of experimental or empirical evidence relevant to adjudicating between theories of presupposition.