LINGUIST List 27.1773

Mon Apr 18 2016

Calls: Comp Ling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 17-Apr-2016
From: Ingo Reich <>
Subject: Fragments
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Full Title: Fragments

Date: 13-Oct-2016 - 14-Oct-2016
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Contact Person: Ingo Reich
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-May-2016

Meeting Description:

In everyday language, people produce all sorts of non-sentential utterances while still communicating propositional content and having illocutionary force: We can order (the surely classic) decaffeinated cappuccino by simply uttering „a decaf cappuccino, please“. We can pay someone a compliment by emphatically uttering „Fantastic!“. And a headline like „Merkel at the White House“ tells us about an upcoming meeting of Merkel with Obama in the States. The use of some of these ‚fragments‘ seems to be restricted to specific situations and to rely more on structural knowledge (like in the cappuccino scenario). Others less so (like in the compliment scenario). Some fragments are also restricted to certain genres (as in the Merkel example), others are not.

This two day workshop, organized by project B3 of the SFB 1102 „Information Density and Linguistic Encoding“ (see for more information) aims at bringing together people working on the syntax, semantics, pragmatics and psycholinguistics of fragments / non-sentential utterances to tackle some of the following (and related) questions:

- What is the syntax of non-sentential utterances?
- In what way are non-sentential utterances propositionally enriched?
- How does structural knowledge play a role here?
- To what extent does the usage of a fragment depend on genres/speech registers?
- Last and most importantly, why do we use fragments at all?

Invited Speakers:

Peter Culicover (Ohio State University)
Jason Merchant (University of Chicago)
Robert van Rooij (University of Amsterdam)


Ingo Reich, Eva Horch, Robin Lemke
(Project B3 „Information Density and Fragments in German“, SFB 1102)

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite papers (20 minutes plus 10 discussion) on all aspects of non-sentential language use and from different theoretical perspectives (formal, cognitive, information-structural, information-theoretical, relevance-theoretical, to mention only some prominent approaches). Abstracts should be no more than two pages in length (including examples and references), in 12-point font, US Letter size or A4 paper with 1-inch/2.5cm margins, in PDF format. Please submit your abstract by e-mail to Ingo Reich at '' ''.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 1 May 2016
Notification of acceptance: no later than 29 May 2016

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