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Date: 08-Jul-2015
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Full Title: Special session on Perspectival expressions and the de se at the 2016 LSA Annual Meeting

Date: 07-Jan-2016 - 10-Jan-2016
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contact Person: Jefferson Barlew
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

This special session on perspective and the de se across languages has two purposes: i) to provide a forum for discussion among researchers already working in this area and ii) to introduce the topic to a wider audience and stimulate cross-linguistic research on perspectival expressions. The session includes five invited talks, plus a poster session immediately following the talks.

Recent work on indexicals by Wechsler (2010), Bittner (2012), and Roberts (2014,2015), on logophoricity by Pearson (2013), and on deictic motion verbs by Barlew (2015a) argues that these expressions are anchored to the doxastic [belief-related] point of view of a salient agent in discourse, and that they are de se (Lewis 1979). This characterization has potential application to a broader class of linguistic phenomena often assumed to be perspectival, including deixis, locatives (Levinson 2003; Sundaresan & Pearson 2014), motion verbs (Fillmore 1975; Oshima 2006a,b), shifted indexicals (Rice 1986, Schlenker 2003,2014; Anand & Nevins 2004, Zucchi 2004; Quer 2005,2011; Sundaresan 2011, 2012; Sudo 2012; Deal 2013), logophoricity (Sells 1987, Speas 2004, Pearson 2013) and empathic reflexivization (Kuno 1973,1973; Kuroda 1973; Tenny 2006; Nishigauchi 2014), egophoricity (Hargreaves 2005, Floyd et al. to appear), and Free Indirect Discourse (Eckardt 2014), with syntactic and semantic reflexes across many languages. By suggesting a unified approach, recent developments promise to realize the integrative vision of Lyons (1977), earlier localists (see Fortis 2012), Fillmore (1975), and Mitchell (1986). And they demonstrate that a proper understanding of perspective-sensitivity has broader implications for work in semantics (e.g. perspectival content associated with CIs—Potts 2005, Amaral, Roberts & Smith 2007, Harris & Potts 2009; Koev 2015; and evidentials and epistemic modals—Kierstead 2015, Roberts 2015) and philosophy of language (where Relativism relies on evidence from predicates of personal taste and other perspectival expressions—Kölbel 2002; Lasersohn 2005; Egan, Hawthorne, & Weatherson 2005; MacFarlane 2007, 2014).

Call for Posters:

Perspectival expressions and the de se cross-linguistically
Special Session of the LSA Annual Meeting
Jan. 7-10, 2016, Washington, DC

Abstracts Due: Aug. 20
Notification: Sept. 15
Abstracts: Submit to

Abstract Guidelines:

Submit abstracts to the email above, not LSA.

This special session will include talks by::

- Jefferson Barlew, Craige Roberts & Eric Snyder (The Ohio State University)
Tools for the cross-linguistic de se semantic analysis of perspectival expressions

- Regine Eckardt (Universität Konstanz)
Salient thinkers for free indirect thoughts

- Steve Wechsler (University of Texas at Austin) & Elizabeth Coppock (University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala)
Egophoricity: The case of Kathmandu Newari

- Amy Rose Deal (University of California Berkeley)
Person/locative asymmetries in Nez Perce indexical shift

- Hazel Pearson (Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin) & Tom Roeper (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
A methodology for testing for de se/de re ambiguities

The poster session will occur immediately following the talks. The session will provide a forum for discussion among researchers already working in this area and stimulate further cross-linguistic research.

Organizers: Craige Roberts, Jefferson Barlew, and Eric Snyder
(The Ohio State University)

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