LINGUIST List 26.2902

Mon Jun 15 2015

Calls: Language Acquisition/Germany

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 14-Jun-2015
From: Anja Müller <>
Subject: Workshop on Presupposition in Langauage Acquisition at the 38th DGfS-Conference
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Full Title: Workshop on Presupposition in Langauage Acquisition at the 38th DGfS-Conference

Date: 23-Feb-2016 - 26-Feb-2016
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Contact Person: Anja Müller
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

Presuppositions in Language Acquisition

Evidence from adult speakers suggests that apart from standard truth-conditional content, content can also be contributed on the levels of presupposition and of implicature. The organization of these levels as well as the particular analysis of individual expressions w.r.t. these levels are core questions of current linguistic research. The investigation of when children acquire which content types helps to determine the general path of language acquisition itself and is central for the theoretical questions mentioned above. Work on the acquisition of implicatures suggests implicated content becomes accessible later than truth-conditional-content (cf. Noveck 2001 a.o.). The present workshop focusses on the acquisition of presuppositional content, which so far has received less attention in language acquisition research. The question we raise and that papers should address are, a.o.:

- Data from adult speakers suggests a distinction between ''semantic'' presuppositions and ''pragmatic'' presuppositions. Is this distinction reflected in acquisition? Do children acquire ''pragmatic'' presuppositions later or earlier than ''semantic'' presuppositions?
- At what age do children interpret sentences with presupposition triggers adult-like? Do we find differences between the levels of truth-conditions and presupposition in children?
- At what age do children show an adult-like behavior w.r.t. presupposition projection and accommodation?

Given that online methods seem to be especially sensitive for children’s competence methods studies using online techniques are of particular interest for the workshop.

Noveck, Ira. 2001. When children are more logical than adults: Experimental investigations of scalar implicature. Cognition 78. 165–188.

Call for Papers:

We solicit abstracts for 30 minute talks (20 min presentation + 10 min discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and comprise the following: one page with the title of the talk and 400 words of self-contained text, plus an optional second page for figures, additional descriptions, and references. 

Please send your abstract in pdf-format to The subject of the message should be ‘DGfS Presupposition’, and the body of the message should include author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information (including email address).

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 30, 2015

Acceptance Notification: early September 2015

DGfS Conference in Konstanz: February 23-26, 2016

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