LINGUIST List 27.3334

Fri Aug 19 2016

Confs: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics/Spain

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Date: 08-Aug-2016
From: Ingrid Falkum <>
Subject: Word Meaning: Interdisciplinary Themes
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Word Meaning: Interdisciplinary Themes

Date: 02-Nov-2016 - 03-Nov-2016
Location: University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Contact: Agustín Vicente
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Research project: Lexical Meaning and Concepts, FFI2014-52173-P, funded by the MINECO, Spanish Government.

Recent advances in psycholinguistic research have ignited renewed interest in the linguistic and philosophical debate regarding what words mean. An increasing awareness of the fact that most, of not all, words are associated with a range of different senses, the phenomenon traditionally known as polysemy, have led scholars to reconsider their accounts of word meaning representation and its relation to conceptual structure, compositional semantics, and the semantics-pragmatics divide. While most contemporary accounts converge on the hypothesis that the senses of at least many polysemous expressions derive from a single meaning representation, there is little agreement as to what the status of this representations is: Are the lexical representations of polysemous expressions informationally scarce and underspecific with respect to the range of distinct senses they can take on in different context? Or do they have to be informationally rich in order to store and be able to generate all these senses? Alternatively, are lexical senses computed from a literal, primary meaning via semantic or pragmatic mechanisms such as coercion, modulation, or ad hoc concept construction? While in some fields these issues have been debated for some time already (e.g., psycholinguistics, pragmatics and cognitive linguistics), they are more recent in other fields (e.g., formal semantics, philosophy of language, generative grammar), where they are linked to concerns regarding standard truth-theoretical semantics stemming both from the study of I-language and the semantics/pragmatics interface.

This workshop brings together leading scholars in linguistics, pragmatics, philosophy and cognitive science in order to provide an opportunity of in-depth interdisciplinary discussion of the topic of word meaning, with a special focus on polysemy and on the nature of word meaning representation, which may shape the path forward.

Organizing Committee: Marina Ortega-Andrés, Ingrid Lossius Falkum, Lotte Hogeweg, Begoña Vicente, Agustín Vicente, Dan Zeman.

Invited Speakers and Provisional Titles:

- Andreas Brocher (University of Cologne): A shared-features model of lexical ambiguity resolution: Evidence from irregular polysemes
- Robyn Carston (UCL): Polysemy, pragmatics, and lexicon(s)
- Guillermo del Pinal (ZAS Berlin): A multi-dimensional semantics for truth-conditional pragmatics
- Galit Weidman Sassoon (Bar Ilan University): From lexical meaning to gradability
- Petra Schumacher (University of Cologne): Online composition and reconceptualization
- Malka Rappaport Hovav (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Grammatically relevant ontological categories
- Francois Recanati (CNRS, Jean Nicod): The two sides of polysemy
- Hanna Weiland-Breckle (University of Cologne): Why psycholinguists should be interested in Woodstock
- Deirdre Wilson (UCL): TBA
- Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University): The meaning of synonymy

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