LINGUIST List 29.2389

Mon Jun 04 2018

Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 01-Jun-2018
From: Curt Anderson <>
Subject: Encoding Emotive Attitudes in Non-truth-conditional Meaning
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Full Title: Encoding Emotive Attitudes in Non-truth-conditional Meaning
Short Title: Emo2019

Date: 06-Mar-2019 - 08-Mar-2019
Location: Bremen, Germany
Contact Person: Curt Anderson
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2018

Meeting Description:

Title: Encoding emotive attitudes in non-truth-conditional meaning (workshop at DGfS 41)

The work of Kaplan (1999) spurred broad interest in non-asserted, non-truth conditional meaning, especially in what has recently been termed expressive or use-conditional meaning (Potts, 2005; Gutzmann, 2015). Much has been accomplished in different frameworks in understanding how expressive meaning interacts with truth-conditional meaning. However, many questions remain in characterizing the types of expressive meaning predicates available, exploring which linguistic constructions encode expressive meaning, and formalizing expressive meaning. In this workshop we narrow our focus to properties, particularly emotive attitudes, of the expressive content itself. Questions we hope to address in this workshop include (but are not limited to):

- What is the range of emotive attitudes that can be expressed (e.g., Good, Bad, Surprise) in non-truth-conditional meaning and what do they encompass?
- Can an expression encode multiple attitudes simultaneously? Do their availability vary cross-linguistically? Can (and how do) different syntactic configurations encode particular emotive attitudes?
- What linguistic mechanisms encode non-truth-conditional attitudinal content?
- Are there particular grammatical means for encoding the content? How do certain expressions, such as exclamatives, make use of expressive meaning (i.e., Castroviejo, 2008)?
- Does intonation, either in spoken and sign (=non-manual markers), mark or otherwise influence the expression of attitudinal content, and in what way?
- How can we formalize attitudinal content? Is a multi-dimensional semantics, a dynamic semantics with context updates (AnderBois et al., 2013), or a combination of both best?

We intend to address the above questions or related questions in this workshop.

Invited speakers:

- Jessica Rett (UCLA)
- Patrick D. Elliott (ZAS)


- Curt Anderson (Uni-Duesseldorf, SFB 991)
- Katherine Fraser (UPV/EHU)

Workshop Website:
Contact Email:


- AnderBois, Scott, Adrian Brasoveanu & Robert Henderson. 2013. At-issue proposals and appositive impositions in discourse. Journal of Semantics 32(1). 93-138.
- Castroviejo, Elena. 2008. An expressive answer: Some considerations on the semantics and pragmatics of wh-exclamatives. In Proceedings from the 44th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, 3-17.
- Gutzmann, Daniel. 2015. Use-conditional meaning: Studies in multidimensional semantics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Kaplan, David. 1999. The meaning of ouch and oops: Explorations in the theory of meaning as use. Ms. University of California, Los Angeles.
- Potts, Christopher. 2005. The logic of conventional implicatures. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Call for Papers:

We welcome submissions from theoretical and experimental perspectives that address the questions above or related questions. Accepted papers will be given 20 minutes to present, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be anonymous and have no more than 800 words of narrative text (text excluding titles, linguistic examples, formulae, trees, tables, figures, captions, and references), with data interspersed throughout the main text. Submissions should be in PDF format, and should be submitted via EasyChair at Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given on August 31, 2018.

Note: DGfS rules prohibit any one person from presenting in multiple DGfS workshops.

Submission Website:

Submission Deadline: 31 Jul 2018

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