LINGUIST List 30.4367

Sat Nov 16 2019

Calls: Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Semantics/China

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 12-Nov-2019
From: Mingming Liu <>
Subject: 2nd Tsinghua Interdisciplinary Workshop on Logic, Language, and Meaning: Monotonicity in Logic and Language
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Full Title: 2nd Tsinghua Interdisciplinary Workshop on Logic, Language, and Meaning: Monotonicity in Logic and Language
Short Title: TLLM2020

Date: 10-Apr-2020 - 12-Apr-2020
Location: Beijing, China
Contact Person: Mingming Liu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2019

Meeting Description:

Monotonicity, in various forms, is a pervasive phenomenon in logic, linguistics, and related areas. In theoretical linguistics, monotonicity properties (and lattice-theoretic notions such as additivity), as semantic properties of intra-sentential environments, determine the syntactic distribution of a class of terms robustly attested across languages called Negative Polarity Items, such as English any, and is relevant to a large array of semantic phenomena such as the interpretation of donkey pronouns, plural definites, plural morphemes and so on, and to the presence of pragmatic inferences such as scalar implicatures.

In logic and mathematics, a function f between pre-ordered sets is monotone or increasing (antitone or decreasing) if x ≤ y implies f(x) ≤ f(y) (f(y) ≤ f(x)). Monotonicity guarantees the existence of fixed points (points x such that f(x)=x) and the well-formedness of inductive definitions, and logical languages with expressive means for talking about fixed points, such as first-order fixed point logic or the modal µ-calculus, is a growing area of study in logic and computer science. Also, monotonicity is closely tied to reasoning, in formal as well as natural languages. Corresponding to the semantic properties of monotonicity and antitonicity there is the syntactic property of (positive or negative) polarity. Monotonicity Reasoning, which involves replacement of predicates in syntactic contexts of given polarity, is a simple yet surprisingly powerful mode of inference. Starting with work of van Benthem and Sánchez-Valencia in the 1980s, the idea of Natural Logic, comprising algorithms for polarity marking and formal calculi for monotonicity reasoning, is an active research project. Likewise, much of the current study of syllogistic reasoning formally exploits patterns of monotonicity.

Recent logical and linguistic work on monotonicity has also found its way into computation systems for natural language processing (e.g. systems for Recognizing Textual Entailment), and cognitive models of human reasoning.

The goal of our workshop is to bring together researchers working on monotonicity or related properties, from different fields and perspectives.

Invited Speakers:

Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard University)
Jo-wang Lin (Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Floris Roelofsen (University of Amsterdam)
Jakub Szymanik (University of Amsterdam)

2nd Call for Papers:

Abstracts are not to exceed two pages of A4 or letter-sized paper, including data and references, preferably with 1″ (2.54cm) margins on all sides, set in a font no smaller than 11 points. The abstract should have a clear title and should not identify the author(s).

The abstract must be submitted electronically in PDF format, via EasyChair:

Papers from the workshop will be published (after peer review) in the FoLLI LNCS series.

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made. The appropriate links should be made available to the authors.

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