LINGUIST List 32.2946

Thu Sep 16 2021

Confs: Cog Sci, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Psycholing/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 14-Sep-2021
From: Nicole Gotzner <>
Subject: XPRAG Wine Gatherings
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XPRAG Wine Gatherings
Short Title: XPRAG-Wine

Date: 23-Sep-2021 - 23-Sep-2021
Location: Univerity of Potsdam (Zoom), Germany
Contact: Nicole Gotzner
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

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

Meeting Description:

The XPRAG Wine series is back!!! On 23rd September, Daphna Heller (University of Toronto) and Sarah Brown-Schmidt (Vanderbilt University) will talk about common ground. The title of their talk is ''From 'we' to 'you' and 'me': the multiple-perspective theory of mental states in communication''. We look forward to seeing you all again after the summer break!

Date: 23rd September, 8:15 p.m. (CET)
Speakers: Daphna Heller (University of Toronto) and Sarah Brown-Schmidt (Vanderbilt University)
Talk: From 'we' to 'you' and 'me': the multiple-perspective theory of mental states in communication
Hosts: Nicole Gotzner (University of Potsdam) and Ira Noveck (Université de Paris, CNRS)
Drink menu: Wine of Choice
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 876 5060 2862
Passcode: 202020

Inspired by early proposals in the philosophy of language, dominant accounts of language use posit a central role for mutual knowledge or shared information, either by directly positing a representation of common ground, or alternatively by appealing to general cognitive mechanisms that give rise to emergent coordinated representations. We challenge the widely-accepted focus on mutual knowledge – or any coordinated or shared representations, arguing that communication crucially depends on the asymmetries between conversational partners. In a novel theoretical proposal, we present a cognitive architecture where the representations of self and others are tracked and updated, and compared regularly during conversation. This proposal accounts for existing data, interfaces with findings from other cognitive domains, and makes novel, yet-to-be-tested empirical predictions. We term this new account the Multiple Perspectives Theory of the role of mental states in communication.

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