LINGUIST List 28.1253

Tue Mar 14 2017

Calls: Cog Sci, Neuroling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 12-Mar-2017
From: Maria Spychalska <>
Subject: Revising Formal Semantic and Pragmatic Theories from a Neurocognitive Perspective
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Full Title: Revising Formal Semantic and Pragmatic Theories from a Neurocognitive Perspective
Short Title: NeuroPragSem

Date: 19-Jun-2017 - 20-Jun-2017
Location: Bochum, Germany
Contact Person: Maria Spychalska
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2017

Meeting Description:

Workshop: Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective

Bochum, Germany 19-20 June 2016
Note the convenient date and location: Just before the XPRAG conference in Cologne (ca. one-hour traveling distance by a local train)

Over the last few decades we have observed a growing interest in using experimental methods to investigate semantic and pragmatic theories. Experimental pragmatics has become a flourishing interdisciplinary research area. Aside from behavioral methods, such as reaction time measurement, eye-tracking and acceptability judgments, researchers have become increasingly interested in investigating language processing at the neural level and by this means shedding more light on semantic and pragmatic theories. To this end, they have employed techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Although this enterprise has resulted in a large amount of interesting data about linguistic processing, the interpretation of these results remains debated with respect to their relevance for more formal theories of meaning. On the one hand, it often is difficult to formulate clear processing predictions for semantic and pragmatic theories, on the other hand, the theoretical interpretation of the activations observed with neuroimaging tools is not fully understood. As a result, the neurolinguistics and formal semantic/pragmatic communities remain still rather disjoint. In this workshop we would like to bridge the gap and discuss the challenges of combining the two approaches.

Invited Speakers:

Valentina Bambini (IUSS of Pavia)
Harm Brouwer (Saarland University)
Ira Noveck (CNRS Lyon)
Steve Politzer-Ahles (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Petra Schumacher (University of Cologne)


Maria Spychalska & Markus Werning

2nd Call for Papers:

Revising Formal Semantic and Pragmatic Theories from a Neurocognitive Perspective 19-20 June 2017, Bochum
Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2017

We invite abstracts of contributed talks and posters related to the workshop's theme, addressing problems in semantics and pragmatics with experimental neurocognitive methods. We welcome papers presenting novel experimental results, talks covering methodological aspects of such studies as well as explanatory talks that aim at discussing existing data from the perspective of refined formal semantic or pragmatic theories.

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

- The semantics/pragmatics interface
- Theories of implicatures and presuppositions
- Bayesian Pragmatics
- Semantic and pragmatic aspects of negation
- Quantifiers in natural language
- Reference resolution
- Semantic and pragmatic aspects of conditional sentences
- Pragmatic enrichment in sentence meaning composition
- Metonymy & metaphor
- Human reasoning (defeasible reasoning, syllogistic, deductive & inductive reasoning)


Abstracts should have maximally 1 page (1-inch margins on all sides, font size 11) plus 1 page with additional figures/tables/references.

Please submit your abstracts at:

Deadline: 31 March 2017
Notification: 15 April 2017

More information:

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