LINGUIST List 27.1978

Fri Apr 29 2016

Confs: Comp Ling, Ling Theories, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>


Date: 29-Apr-2016
From: Marie-Christine Meyer <macrstalum.mit.edu>
Subject: Dynamic Semantics
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Dynamic Semantics

Date: 30-May-2016 - 31-May-2016
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: G. Del Pinal, M-C Meyer, D. Rothschild
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Standard semantic theories model the meaning of a sentence as a proposition. In contrast to this static view, dynamic frameworks tie sentential meaning more closely to the way sentences change the conversational background. Most famously, this is done by modeling the meaning of a sentence as an instruction for updating the context. The shift in focus away from propositional content towards update rules has inspired influential new approaches to phenomena ranging from presupposition and anaphora to conditionals and epistemic modality. With this workshop, we aim to explore and re-evaluate foundational issues of the dynamic program from both an empirical and a conceptual perspective. Specifically, we seek to address the following questions:

To what extent can and should core phenomena motivating dynamic accounts (e.g., presupposition accommodation) be re-analyzed as pragmatic processes in a static semantic framework?
Are formal properties of dynamic frameworks, such as lack of idempotence and commutativity, really found in natural language?
How does the dynamic/static divide relate to similar conceptual distinctions in theoretical computer science?
What is the relationship between the dynamic view of discourse as a set of instructions and Karttunen's notion of discourse referents?

Invited Speakers:

Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard)
Carlotta Pavese (Duke)
James Pryor (NYU)
Daniel Rothschild (University College London)
Phillippe Schlenker (ENS)
Seth Yalcin (Berkeley)



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