LINGUIST List 31.1210

Tue Mar 31 2020

Calls: Cog Sci, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics, Semantics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 31-Mar-2020
From: Anton Benz <>
Subject: QUDs and Exhaustivity: Experiments, Computation, and Theory
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Full Title: QUDs and Exhaustivity: Experiments, Computation, and Theory
Short Title: GrazQUD20

Date: 25-Sep-2020 - 26-Sep-2020
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact Person: Edgar Onea
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2020

Meeting Description:

In grammatical theories, exhaustivity inferences are usually linked to two major components: some sort of exhaustivity operator and a set of alternatives. The set of alternatives can be lexically constrained, as in the case of scalar implicatures, but is usually a set of focus-alternatives and thus naturally connected to the Question under Discussion. By definition, at least at the global level, the congruent question is a sub-set of the focus alternatives of a sentence. Hence, exhaustivity can be conceptualized for such cases as completeness of answers to questions. In other cases, however, in embedded environments, it is not obvious whether and how a relevant question under discussion can be found. Thus, the relation between focus alternatives relevant to exhaustification and the question under discussion is not transparent.

In the workshop we wish to bring together pragmatic and grammatical approaches to exhaustivity inferences associated with different constructions: scalar implicatures, clefts, focus constructions, embedded questions, presuppositions, discourse relations etc. Thereby, we assume that the relevance of a set of alternatives and the QUD may be a link between different types of approaches that needs further exploration.

Planned invited speakers:
David Beaver (U Texas at Austin)
Nicole Gotzner (ZAS, Berlin)
Benjamin Spector (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

For more information, please consult the workshop web page at

Call for Papers:

**Please note that we are closely monitoring the impact of and response to COVID-19 and will put in place an appropriate contingency plan as the situation evolves. In the not unlikely event that travelling is not recommended, the workshop will happen online.**

We welcome theoretical, computational, and experimental talks that further our understanding of the role of alternatives in pragmatics and semantics. Specific topics might relate to, but are not limited to:
- What is the role of QUD in Bayesian models of communication?
- What is the role of the QUD in the case of embedded implicatures?
- How exhaustive are questions and embedded questions in particular? Can there be rational global pragmatic analyses of this phenomenon?
- What are the best state of the art models for pragmatic and grammatical exhaustification?
- If the QUD is connected to at-issueness and projection, is exhaustivity also connected to these phenomena and if so in what way?
- How can we predict the choice of quantifiers and optimal descriptions of complex situations and how does this depend on the QUD?
- QUDs as discourse structuring devices create constraints on expected content. Which exhaustivity implicature can thereby be triggered at the discourse level?

We invite submissions of extended abstracts (2 pages), outlining original research and innovative approaches. Abstracts can be uploaded until July 15, 2020 at:

Important dates:
July 15: Deadline for submissions
August 5: Notification of acceptance
September 1: Camera-ready versions of abstracts
September 25-26: Workshop

Funded by priority programme: New Pragmatic Theories based on Experimental Evidence (SPP 1727).

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