LINGUIST List 32.3468

Wed Nov 03 2021

Calls: Pragmatics/China

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 03-Nov-2021
From: Mingming Liu <>
Subject: 3rd Tsinghua Interdisciplinary Workshop on Logic, Language and Meaning: Dynamics in Logic and Language
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Full Title: 3rd Tsinghua Interdisciplinary Workshop on Logic, Language and Meaning: Dynamics in Logic and Language
Short Title: TLLM2022

Date: 01-Apr-2022 - 03-Apr-2022
Location: Beijing, China
Contact Person: Mingming Liu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 20-Nov-2021

Meeting Description:

The ‘dynamic turn’ in logic and language is now almost fifty years old. The mid- to late 1970s and early 80s saw the appearance both of adaptations of logics for reasoning about programs in computer science to the setting of modal logic and Kripke semantics, such as Propositional Dynamic Logic (PDL, Pratt, Fischer and Ladner, Segerberg, and others), and of proposals in natural language semantics, such as the Discourse Representation Theory (DRT) of Kamp and the File Change Semantics of Heim, to extend ‘static’ truth-conditional semantics for propositions to a dynamic semantics for discourse. Of course, ‘dynamic’ is a vague term. Kripke style semantics, with its rich repertoire of relations between states (of information, of program execution, of belief, of common ground, …), is well suited as a framework for describing dynamic processes. Such descriptions can still take the meaning of a sentence, classically, to be the set of states in which it is true. Kamp and Heim style semantics changes the notion of meaning itself, now viewed as an instruction for how to update the current set of states when the sentence is accepted; put differently, as a context/information change potential.

Since then, logical dynamics and dynamics in linguistic semantics have each developed into vast and fairly well-defined areas of research, largely independent of each other although there have also been points of contact. In logic, besides describing the behavior of programs, systems modeling the actions of agents based on their attitudes (knowledge, belief, goals, …) have been developed by scholars at the interface of logic, philosophy, computer science, artificial intelligence, and social sciences. The basic setting is still modal; Dynamic Epistemic Logic (DEL) brings updating actions like announcements with various degrees of persuasive power explicitly into the object language syntax, while other approaches keep a more standard syntax but assign new dynamic meanings.

In linguistics, Kamp and Heim style dynamic semantics was originally introduced to deal with anaphora, quantification, and presupposition projection. It has since been applied to an array of linguistic phenomena, such as epistemic modals, conditionals, plurals, tense and aspect, generalized quantifiers, propositional attitudes, vagueness, and discourse relations. Other approaches to extending classical truth-conditional meaning to a dynamic setting include situation semantics, dynamic predicate logic (DPL), variants of game-theoretic semantics, and more recently, inquisitive semantics which treats statements and questions on a par.

2nd Call for Papers:

Invited Speakers
Maria Aloni (Amsterdam)
Johan van Benthem (Stanford, Tsinghua)
Hans Kamp (Stuttgart, Austin)
Haihua Pan (Hongkong)

Dynamics in Logic (Johan van Benthem)
Dynamics in Language (Maria Aloni)

We invite submissions of 2-page abstracts (including references) on any of the broad themes related to dynamics in logic and language as suggested above. After a review procedure, authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to present their papers at the workshop. After the workshop, a volume of full papers (properly refereed) will be published in the Springer LNCS – FoLLI series. Details on submission of full papers will follow.

Abstracts should be submitted via Easychair:

The workshop is planned to take place on site at Tsinghua University, Beijing. If travel restrictions still make this difficult, we plan to postpone it until the fall of 2022, and/or hold the workshop online.

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