LINGUIST List 24.2346

Fri Jun 07 2013

Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Lang, Neuroling, Psycholing/Germany

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 06-Jun-2013
From: Erica Cosentino <>
Subject: Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches
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Full Title: Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches Short Title: INSEMP
Date: 10-Oct-2013 - 12-Oct-2013 Location: Bochum, Germany Contact Person: Maria Spychalska
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Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 16-Jun-2013

Meeting Description:

Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches
Bochum, October 10-12, 2013
Venue: Ruhr-University-Bochum


Erica Cosentino, Dirk Kindermann, Max Kölbel, Maria Spychalska, Markus Werning

Natural language semantics is today a wide-ranging and methodologically diverse discipline. One can distinguish broadly between those who use experimental methods from those who don't. Mostly, semanticists in psychology or neuroscience work experimentally, while philosophers, logicians and linguists work non-experimentally. However, the variety of approaches and methods among both groups is huge. Even within the camp of theoretical semantics there are numerous communities: formal semantics, possible world semantics, discourse representation theory, etc. The same heterogeneity is present in the camp of empirical researchers: psycho- and neurolinguistics, corpus linguistics, etc. The aim of the workshop is to bring together these different branches which are often working on very related topics. The workshop will not only present the variety of empirical and theoretical approaches to semantics, but also invites explicit discussions of the neurobiological and psychological basis of semantics as well as its methods, and epistemology.

Invited Speakers:

Giosuè Baggio (SISSA, Triest)
Derek Ball (U St. Andrews)
Emma Borg (U Reading)
Anna Borghi (U Bologna)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS, Berlin)
Gina Kuperberg (MGH, Tufts U)
Ira Noveck (CNRS, Lyon)
Paul Pietroski (U Maryland)
Michiel van Lambalgen (U Amsterdam)

Final Call for Papers:

We invite abstract submissions for papers (25+5 minutes) and posters related to the topics of the conference.

Exemplary Topics:

- Compositionality
- Computational complexity in language
- Discourse semantics
- Generalized quantifiers
- Implicatures and presuppositions
- Interfaces between syntax, semantics and pragmatics
- Lexical semantics
- Possible worlds semantics
- The nature of meaning: abstract-symbolic or embodied-simulative
- Etc.


- Formal semantics
- General philosophical issues regarding semantics
- Philosophy of linguistics
- Semantics in experimental philosophy - experimental pragmatics
- Semantics with corpus-linguistic methods
- Semantics with neurolinguistic methods
- Semantics with psycholinguistic methods
- Etc.

Abstract Submission Details:

Submissions should be anonymous and should not exceed two-pages (including all figures, graphs and bibliography). Please use one of our templates for the preparation of your submission: Word Template or LaTeX Template.

Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format to:

Abstract submission deadline: June 16, 2013


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