LINGUIST List 29.2848

Mon Jul 09 2018

Calls: Gen Ling, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics/Spain

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 09-Jul-2018
From: Txuss Martin <>
Subject: Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 10
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Full Title: Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 10
Short Title: SPE10

Date: 17-Dec-2018 - 19-Dec-2018
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Contact Person: Txuss Martin
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2018

Meeting Description:

The purpose of the Semantics and Philosophy in Europe (SPE) colloquia is to
provide a forum for presenting research in the interface between linguistic
semantics and various areas of philosophy (philosophy of language, philosophy
of mind/cognition, metaphysics etc.). Previous colloquia have taken place in
Paris (SPE1, 2008 and SPE3, 2010), London (SPE2, 2009), Bochum (SPE4, 2011),
Turin (SPE5, 2012), St. Petersburg (SPE6, 2013), Berlin (SPE7, 2014),
Cambridge (SPE8, 2016) and Padua (SPE9, 2017). This year’s Semantics and
Philosophy in Europe Colloquium features a general session with four invited
speakers as well as two special sessions:

1- The Syntax, Semantics and Philosophy of Speech Acts (Special Workshop 1)
2- Semantics in other minds (Special Workshop 2)

Invited Speakers:

- Manfred Krifka, Leibniz-ZAS, Berlin / Humboldt University, Berlin.
- Hazel Pearson, Queen Mary, University of London.
- Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Humboldt University, Berlin.
- Philippe Schlenker, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris / New York University.

Call for Papers:

For the general session, we invite any contributions on topics at the
interface of linguistics an philosophy, including but not limited to work on
truth and meaning, the architecture of language, reference, attitude reports,
the formal ontology of language, the relation between syntax, semantics, and
pragmatics, semantics and the brain, and semantics of other symbolic systems.

Abstract Submission:

We invite abstract submissions for 30-minute talks on the topic of either the
general session or one of the two special sessions. Abstracts should contain
original research that, at the time of submission, has neither been published
nor accepted for publication. One person can submit at most one abstract as
sole author and one abstract as co-author (or two co-authored abstracts).

Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, 2 pages (A4), in a font size no
less than Times New Roman 12pt. Please submit abstracts no later than 15
September 2018, indicating whether it is for the General Session, for Session
1 or 2.

Abstracts should be submitted via Easychair:

Special Session 1: The Syntax, Semantics and Philosophy of Speech Acts
Convener: Friederike Moltmann

In recent years there has been an increased awareness of the conceptual and
empirical limitations of the standard, abstract proposition-based view of
meaning (Montague Grammar). This has given way to an increased interest in
linguistic expressions and constructions that relate to speech acts, resulting
in new work in formal syntax and semantics (and pragmatics), and philosophy of
language, such as the theory of commitment spaces (Krifka), act-based
conceptions of propositional content (Hanks, Soames), the theory of
attitudinal objects (Moltmann), and the syntax of perlocutionary aspects of
speech acts integrating the role of the addressee (Marcu, Wiltschko).
Contributions to this special session may relate to the following topics:

- speech act indicators and their formal semantics
- the semantics of speech act verbs, verbs of saying, and propositional
attitude verbs
- act-based and cognitive conceptions of propositional content
- the action-product distinction of Twardowski
- the formal syntax of speech acts (locutionary, illocutionary, and
perlocutionary acts)
- the semantics of questions and imperatives
- the semantics of mood

Special Session 2: Semantics in other minds
Convener: Wolfram Hinzen

Language is not uniform among humans: there is systematic genetic variation in
our species giving rise to different cognitive and linguistic phenotypes,
across which the structure of meaning need not remain the same. While abnormal
forms of cognition have long informed discussions in phenomenology and the
philosophy of mind and cognition, a linguistic perspective can inform such
debates as well, as it already has done in psychiatry and developmental
disorders. This special session wants to give a first forum for work on
language patterns and their semantics in a range of different disorders, from
developmental ones (Williams syndrome, autism spectrum conditions) to
psychiatric (schizophrenia) and neurodegenerative ones. The overall research
question is in what way the disintegrating or simply different mind is always
linguistically different as well, and how this shows in semantics

For further information on the two special sessions see:

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