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Fri Dec 05 2014

Calls: Computational Ling, General Ling, Psycholing/Canada

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 03-Dec-2014
From: Karsten Koch <>
Subject: Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives
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Full Title: Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives
Short Title: DETEC 2015

Date: 18-Jun-2015 - 19-Jun-2015
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Contact Person: Juhani Järvikivi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2015

Meeting Description:

Following the success of DETEC 2013 in Tübingen, the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta is pleased to invite abstracts for submission to Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives (DETEC 2015) to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, from June 18-19, 2015.

Studies on discourse processing indicate that natural language interpretation is expectation-driven. Even though it is uncontroversial that both linguistic (e.g. lexical items, morpho-syntactic constructions, prosody) and extralinguistic factors (e.g. world knowledge) are used to anticipate how discourse is likely to continue, the nature of their interplay is a topic of ongoing research. DETEC approaches this topic in an interdisciplinary fashion by comparing theoretical, experimental, and computational perspectives. The conference provides a forum for the presentation of talks and posters of the highest quality in the area of discourse expectations, how they may arise, how they can be quantified, and how they may be modelled.

Invited Speakers (confirmed):

Lisa Matthewson, University of British Columbia
Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University
T. Florian Jaeger, University of Rochester

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks and posters on theoretical, experimental and computational aspects of discourse expectations.

We welcome submissions of theoretical, experimental and computational studies on topics related to any aspect of discourse expectations, how they arise, how they may be quantified, and how they may be modelled. Topics may be related (but not limited) to the nature of pragmatic aspects of meaning in discourse (inferences, presupposition, information structure, discourse particles, etc.), evidence source, reference resolution, aspectual coercion, emotion and other expressive aspects of meaning; and top-down expectations derived from real world knowledge such as event structure, or speaker familiarity.

In addition, we encourage submissions for a special session on the cross-linguistic variation of discourse expectations: how does cross-linguistic variation in lexical semantics, language-specific pragmatics, or cultural variation contribute to differences in how discourse expectations arise? In this respect, we encourage submissions from research on indigenous languages in the Americas and elsewhere.

Publication: We plan to publish a selection of papers from the conference as a special issue of a journal.

Instructions for Abstract Submission:

Abstracts must be anonymous, and should be limited to a maximum of one page of text (a second page may be used for listing data, figures, and references, if needed). Pages should be US Letter or A4, with one inch margins, and a minimum font size of 12pt (Times New Roman). Send abstracts to: In the body of the email, include the title of the abstract, and the author(s)’ name(s) and affiliation(s). Authors may submit a maximum of two abstracts, of which at least one must be co-authored.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: March 15, 2015 11:59pm Mountain Standard Time
Notification of acceptance: Mid April, 2015
Pre-Conference Mingler and Registration Evening: June 17, 2015
Conference date: June 18-19, 2015

Contact Information:

Conference website:
Email contact:

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