LINGUIST List 29.4144

Wed Oct 24 2018

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Gen Ling, Philosophy of Lang, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 22-Oct-2018
From: Christoph Hesse <>
Subject: The Meaning of Numerals: Cognitive, Experimental, and Semantic Perspectives
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Full Title: The Meaning of Numerals: Cognitive, Experimental, and Semantic Perspectives

Date: 27-Mar-2019 - 28-Mar-2019
Location: ZAS, Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Christoph Hesse
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Call Deadline: 07-Jan-2019

Meeting Description:

The workshop ''The meaning of numerals: cognitive, experimental, and semantic perspectives'' will take place in Berlin at Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) March 27-28, 2019.

The meaning of numerals is a much researched topic in experimental pragmatics (e.g. Breheny 2008; Cummins, Sauerland, Solt 2012), cognitive science (e.g. Dehaene 2011), and theoretical semantics and pragmatics (e.g. Horn 1989; Krifka 1999; Fox & Hackl 2006; Kennedy 2015; Rothstein 2017). This workshop primarily targets contributions that enhance our understanding of numerals by combining insights and methods from several of these research fields. In particular, the imprecise use of numerical expressions (10km away) and vague expectations raised by modified numerals (more than 100 people came) call for such combined approaches. The topic also fits well with the more recent interest in probabilistic models that try to account for vague expectation raised by numerical expressions (e.g. Kao, Wu, Bergen, Goodman 2014). Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

- Vagueness, roundness, and the approximate number system
- Pragmatic and semantic explanations of number interpretations
- Acquisition of number sense and numerical meaning
- Bayesian and neural models of numerical meanings
- Meaning of numerals in compositional semantics
- Comparatives, approximators, and other linguistic modifiers of numerical expressions
- Typology of number systems and their modifiers

Call for Papers:

We invite talks on the meaning of numerals from cognitive, experimental, and semantic perspectives.


Anonymous 2-page abstracts (including references). Stylesheets for Word, Latex, and Pages can be downloaded from the website.

Visit the website for full submission instructions.

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