LINGUIST List 31.936

Mon Mar 09 2020

Confs: Lang Acquisition, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 06-Mar-2020
From: Lucy Campbell <>
Subject: Knowledge and Belief: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives
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Knowledge and Belief: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives

Date: 14-Apr-2020 - 15-Apr-2020
Location: Coventry, United Kingdom
Contact: Lucy Campbell
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Talk about knowledge and belief are pervasive in everyday life. We explain what people do in terms of what they know or believe; we criticise ourselves and others for saying things when they don't know or believe them, and for basing their actions on things they don't know or at least reasonably believe. But what is the relation between knowledge and belief? Does knowing that something is the case require believing that it is the case, or does knowledge supersede or replace belief? If knowledge does require belief, why is this? Is knowledge in some sense composed out of belief? Or are knowledge and belief independent states?

This conference brings together researchers at the forefront of philosophical, empirical, and historical work on knowledge and belief. It will lay the groundwork for future interdisciplinary collaborations on this topic, and contribute to opening up novel research programmes on the relation between knowledge and belief.

The conference will feature work on the acquisition of the factive and non-factive attitude verbs `knows' and `believes' (and 'thinks'), in particular (a) on what role semantic and syntactic features of the ascriptions containing these verbs play in their acquisition, and (b) on the relation between the acquisition of these verbs and the acquisition of a Theory of Mind. These aspects of the conference's themes will be covered in the talks by Rachel Dudley (CEU) and Leda Berio (HHU), both of whom do interdisciplinary work at the intersection of Linguistics, Developmental Psychology, and Philosophy of Mind and Language. The conference is interdisciplinary, and will be of especial interest to linguists interested not only in psychological-language acquisition but also in related questions in the neighbouring disciplines of developmental psychology and the philosophies of language, mind, and the psychological and cognitive sciences.

*** Regstration is required *** and there is a small nominal fee of £5.00. We are waiting for a payment and registration page to be set up and will communicate this as soon as it is available at the links below. If you would like us to email you the registration link when it is available, please email to express your interest in the conference.


Lucy Campbell (Warwick)[]
Simon Wimmer (TU Dortmund) []

For financial support we gratefully acknowledge the Leverhulme Trust (via a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship held by Lucy Campbell at the University of Warwick), the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick, and the Warwick Humanities Research Centre.

Conference Schedule:

Day 1

12:15 Lunch and coffee
13:00 Guy Longworth (Warwick) - TBC
14:30 Coffee
15:00 Leda Berio (Düsseldorf) - TBC
16:30 Tea
17:00 Katalin Farkas (CEU) - ''Knowledge, belief, and truth''
18:30 Drinks reception
19:15 Conference dinner

Day 2

10:00 Johannes Roessler (Warwick) - ''Perception, knowledge, and reflection''
11:30 Coffee
12:00 Rachel Dudley (CEU) - TBC
13:30 Lunch and coffee
14:15 Simon Wimmer (UT Dortmund) - ''Lessons from Ryle: belief and abilities to know''
15:45 Tea
16:15 Paul Silva (Cologne) - ''Knowledge, belief and the possession of reasons''
17:45 Workshop closes

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