LINGUIST List 32.2257

Fri Jul 02 2021

Calls: Gen Ling, Philos of Lang, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 02-Jul-2021
From: Marvin Schmitt <>
Subject: Commitments in Grammar and Discourse
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Full Title: Commitments in Grammar and Discourse
Short Title: Commit22

Date: 23-Feb-2022 - 25-Feb-2022
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Marvin Schmitt
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

Workshop ''Commitments in Grammar and Discourse'' (Commit22) as part of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), Tübingen, February 23-25, 2022 (

Organizers: Anton Benz, Manfred Krifka, Marvin Schmitt

Invited Speakers: Sara Murray (U Cornell), Neri Marsili (U Bologna)

Recent years witnessed a shift from the Gricean view that communication is based on disclosing beliefs and intentions to a view that takes the announcement of social commitments as essential (Geurts 2019, Shapiro 2020). Commitments are a fruitful concept that bridges semantic, pragmatic, and social meaning. Undergoing commitments can be conceived as the semantic denotations of illocutionary acts that can be modified by linguistic means, such as epistemic and evidential operators. People undergo commitments for pragmatic purposes, such as bringing it about that the addressee accepts a proposition or performs a task, and accepting or agreeing to a proposition creates social commitments for the addressee. And commitments follow social norms and result in obligations, be it on the microlevel of communication or in society at large. In this way, the workshop targets the central aspect of the theme of the 44th Annual Meeting of the DGfS, ''Sprache verpflichtet'' (''My word is my bond!''), as it brings to the fore the social foundation on which linguistic communication is based.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions that focuses on the theoretical notion of commitments and are open to empirical applications and challenges, as well as contributions that focus on particular phenomena and are open for theoretical modeling in terms of commitments. The workshop should target phenomena such assertions and other speech acts, like questions, imperatives, commands, promises and exclamatives. This includes expressions that influence the commitment levels directly (such as really, indeed) or indirectly, like hedges, prosody, and epistemic and evidential operators (such as apparently, certainly (cf. Faller 2019. Murray & Starr 2020).

The workshop welcomes contributions to any human language, it is open in terms of empirical procedures (corpora or experiments) and of modelling approaches (e.g., in terms of common ground development, game theory). We will reach out to philosophy and psychology, where issues like the norms of assertion and signatures of trustworthiness and lying have been discussed recently (cf. Kneer 2018, Terkourafi 2019, Marsili 2020). We are happy that Sarah Murray (Cornell University) and Neri Marsili (U Bologna) agreed to act as invited speakers.

Submitted talks will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes of discussion. The Workshop will run over three half-days, February 23-25, 2022. Please submit abstracts of one page (with a possible second page for graphics and references) in PDF format to EasyChair by September 1, 2021.

Faller, Martina. 2019. The discourse commitments of illocutionary reportatives. Semantics and Pragmatics 12: 1-46. – Geurts, Bart. 2019. Communication as commitment sharing: speech acts, implicatures, common ground. Theoretical Linguistics 45: 1-30. – Kneer, Markus. 2018. The norm of assertion: Empirical data. Cognition 177: 165-171. – Marsili, Neri. 2020. Lying, speech acts, and commitment. Synthese. – Murray, Sarah E. & William B. Starr. 2020. The structure of communicative acts. Linguistics and Philosophy 1-50. – Shapiro, Lionel. 2020. Commitment accounts of assertion. In: Goldberg, Sanford (ed), Oxford Handbook of Assertion. – Terkourafi, Marina. 2019. Lying and politeness. In Jörg Meibauer, The Oxford handbook of lying. 382-398.

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