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Tue Nov 29 2011

FYI: EURO-XPRAG Fourth Call for Grant Proposals

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        1.     Uli Sauerland , EURO-XPRAG Fourth Call for Grant Proposals

Message 1: EURO-XPRAG Fourth Call for Grant Proposals
Date: 28-Nov-2011
From: Uli Sauerland <>
Subject: EURO-XPRAG Fourth Call for Grant Proposals
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Collaborative research in Experimental Pragmatics

Travel grants for short visits

Experimental pragmatics investigates and develops explicit theories oflanguage use and of communication using the methodologies ofpsycholinguistics and, more generally, of experimental psychology.After having seen accelerated growth over the last ten years,experimental pragmatics is now in a better position to resolvetheoretical disputes, to investigate semantic and pragmatic phenomenaexperimentally, to employ theory-making in order to account for dataand to make pragmatic theories more accessible to the cognitivescience community at large. As part of an effort to provide a morepermanent platform, a Research Networking Program known as EURO-XPRAG supported by the ESF is presenting a third call for proposalsthat will support collaborative research.

Given the goals of Experimental Pragmatics, EURO-XPRAG is seekingproposals that will bring teams of at least two researchers (acrossseparate countries) together to enrich the field through collaborations.These collaborations will ideally test between theoretical predictionsthrough experimentation, experimentally investigate semantic andpragmatic phenomena with the benefit of a theoretical approach, ordevelop theories that can account for experimental-pragmatic findings.

Accepted projects will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to EUR3000 distributed over a 17 month period starting February 1st, 2012.The travel expenses are distributed over short trips (see note b in“Further details” below). Reimbursement of travel expenses will beadministered through the ESF as Short Visits following the guidelinesspecified below. After each visit a one-page report must be submittedto the ESF. In addition, successful applicants will be invited to presenttheir projects at a workshop to be held in Oslo at the end of June 2012.The workshop’s objectives will be to provide feedback on theexperimental paradigms and their testing of semantic and pragmatictheory. Separate funds are available for workshop attendance (pleasesee note a for more details).

Note that proposals that include a single collaborator from a non-member country (e.g. U.S.A., Japan, Canada) will also be considered.These collaborations, however, are required to respect the sameexpense-limits as those taking place within Europe and as specified byESF rules (including the rules with respect to the Workshop, i.e.expense limits are based on standard travel within Europe).

The potential themes to be covered include, but are not limited to,presupposition, referential terms, metaphor and figurative uses oflanguage, implicatures, acquisition and development of pragmatics, aswell as lexical pragmatics. Proposals will be evaluated for their overallquality and for the added value they bring to Experimental Pragmatics.Funds are limited to travel expenses linked to the collaboration (i.e.they are not designed for costs related to experimental procedures,which can be covered by other sources or by the host institutions).

Further details

Projects should be between 2 and 4 pages (in PDF, 12 pt font, 2.5 cmmargins, A4) and include the following sections:1. Researchers involved, their affiliations and email addresses (indicateprimary contact)2. Background of the topic3. Planned method and goals of the study4. Project plan including dates of travel, budget*, and host institutionsAppendix. Short CVs of the researchers involved**

Applications should be submitted by email to

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

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