LINGUIST List 30.4357

Sat Nov 16 2019

Confs: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics, Semantics/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 15-Nov-2019
From: Jakub Szymanik <>
Subject: Computational and Experimental Explanations in Semantics and Pragmatics
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ESSLLI Workshop on Computational and Experimental Expla
Short Title: ExpSem2020

Date: 10-Aug-2020 - 14-Aug-2020
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact: Jakub Szymanik
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

(Workshop during European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 2020)

Computational and Experimental Explanations in Semantics and Pragmatics

The field of natural language semantics has undergone what some refer to as an ‘experimental turn’ and is arguably currently undergoing a ‘computational turn’. By expanding the toolbox available to the semanticist, these two turns have the effect of expanding the phenomena that can be explained and the varieties of semantic explanation that can be offered. Given this wider toolbox and purview, we aim to gather a workshop to showcase exciting new work that develops new semantic explanations using experimental and computational methods, as well as to invite broader reflection on the methodology of semantics now and in its future.

Topics of potential interest include but are not limited to:

- Experimental semantics and pragmatics
- Graded/non-categorical semantic theories and explanations
- Information-theoretic measures and explanations in semantics and pragmatics
- Semantic universals
- Learnability and evolution of semantics and pragmatics
- Bayesian approaches to semantics and pragmatics
- Probing neural models for learned semantic representations
- Semantics in emergent communication protocols
- The methodology of semantics

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