LINGUIST List 31.2157

Thu Jul 02 2020

Calls: Cog Sci, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 02-Jul-2020
From: Mingya Liu <>
Subject: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Conditional Connectives (workshop at the 43rd Annual Conference of the DGfS)
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Full Title: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Conditional Connectives (workshop at the 43rd Annual Conference of the DGfS)
Short Title: SPOCCDGfS2021

Date: 24-Feb-2021 - 26-Feb-2021
Location: Freiburg i.B., Germany
Contact Person: Mingya Liu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2020

Meeting Description:

The SPOCCDGfS2021 workshop will be part of the 43rd Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS-Jahrestagung 2021: The conference will take place on February 24-26, 2021, in Freiburg/Germany.

- Invited speakers: Anastasia Giannakidou (U. Chicago) & Patrick G. Grosz (U. Oslo)

- Workshop organizers: Mingya Liu & Mathias Barthel (HU Berlin)

- Program committee: in addition to organizers and invited speakers, also Debopam Das, Fabienne Martin and Florian Schäfer (HU Berlin), Karolina Krzyżanowska (ILLC Amsterdam), Niels Skovgaard-Olsen (U. Göttingen), Yan Jiang (SOAS London)

Conditionals are a widely studied topic in linguistics and cognitive science. One debate in the formal literature of semantics and pragmatics is concerned with the meaning contribution of conditional connectives (CCs). According to the restrictor analysis (Kratzer 1986/1991), English if is an operator with no semantics on its own and if-clauses are used to restrict overt or covert modal operators or generic frequency operators. This analysis has inspired many insightful follow-up studies through which it becomes clear that the interpretation of conditional sentences and their semantic/pragmatic properties are subject to a process of semantic and pragmatic modulation. However, the modulating role of CCs in conditional sentences remains far from clear. In order to study the semantics and pragmatics of CCs, especially how they modulate the interpretation of conditionals in interaction with narrow and broad context, the SPOCC Project ( focuses on the following three empirical domains at the semantics-pragmatics interface:
- Biconditionals and conditional perfection
- Non-at-issue meanings
- Polarity items and discourse particles

Logical connectives and operators in natural language have been a key empirical domain of study in theoretical and psycholinguistics. However, CCs are quite understudied, especially in comparison to the well-studied negation, disjunction and quantifiers. The workshop aims to bring together current studies that address the distribution, syntax, semantics and pragmatics of CCs in relation to narrow linguistic or broad pragmatic contexts across languages (on but not restricted to the questions listed above), as well as studies on conditionals in general. We welcome contributions using different (e.g., formal semantic/pragmatic, diachronic, experimental, corpus-linguistic) methods.

For more details of the workshop description and the a list of the related references, please check the workshop site:

Call for Papers:

We invite abstract submissions addressing the distribution, syntax, semantics and pragmatics of conditional connectives in relation to narrow linguistic or broad pragmatic contexts across languages, or related aspects of conditionals in general. We welcome contributions using different (e.g., formal, diachronic, experimental, corpus-linguistic, computational) methods.

- Abstracts should be anonymous, at most 2 pages long with 2.5cm margins on all sides, and must use Time New Roman font of at least 11 points. References should be listed on the first page, with data and diagrams on the second page. Each author may submit up to one single authored abstract and one joint abstract. Please submit abstracts electronically in PDF format by September 15, 2020 (notification date: 05 October 2020):

- Accepted abstracts will be assigned for 30-minute oral presentations (including 10 minutes of discussion) in English.

- A selection of the accepted presentations will be invited to submit a short paper (3000- 4000 words plus references or other supplementary materials) for publication through peer review within the open Special Issue of Linguistics Vanguard: Natural Language Conditionals and Conditional Reasoning:

If you are interested in this publication option, please add ''SI:'' in your abstract title.

- A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income. Please note that based on the DGfS regulations, one may not present at more than one workshop at the conference while being able to co-author more than one presentation. While we hope that the conference can take place as planned, there might be changes due to Covid-19.

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