[EDLING:1588] CFP: Workshop on Presupposition Accommodation
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Full Title: Workshop on Presupposition Accommodation
Date: 13-Oct-2006 - 15-Oct-2006
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Contact Person: Laura Stoia
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://pragmatics.osu.edu
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2006
The Ohio State University Pragmatics Initiative is hosting a workshop on
presupposition accommodation from October 13-15, 2006, with participants
from computer science, philosophy, and psychology, as well as linguistic
semantics and pragmatics. In addition to commissioned papers and
comments, there will be a poster session on Saturday, October 14th.
There will also be a free one-week intensive course on presupposition
and accommodation prior to the workshop for graduate students and
postdocs; pre-registration is required.
Call for Participation
Workshop on Presupposition Accommodation: Poster Session
Intensive Short Course on Presupposition and Accommodation
At: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA
Course dates: October 8 - 13, 2006
Workshop dates: October 13 - 15, 2006
Deadline for Poster submissions: Submit an abstract by July 31, 2006.
Acceptance will be notified by August 21, 2006.
Course Registration: Register by June 15 to be considered for travel
Registration forms available at: http://www.pragmatics.osu.edu
Presupposition accommodation is at the intersection of central issues in
semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, artificial intelligence and
philosophy of language. When an utterance presupposes information which
the addressee doesn't already know (e.g. ''I'm on my way to my
daughter's graduation'' presupposes that the speaker has a daughter),
the addressee may sometimes cooperatively accommodate that information,
behaving as though he already knew it to be true, and go on to respond
to the assertion (''Congratulations!''). Accommodation has broad
implications for the theory of linguistic interpretation because it
involves many of the same processes and constraints as in the
recognition of contextual effects generally. In addition to its
ramifications for theories of meaning in linguistics and for
philosophical discussions of the nature of meaning, presupposition
accommodation bears on psycholinguistic theories of human linguistic
competence, illustrating the interaction between linguistic and
non-linguistic (general cognitive) processes. And an appreciation of how
it functions is important for the creation of software that aims to
systematically interpret or produce language in context.
With support from the Ohio State University Colleges of the Arts and
Humanities and the National Science Foundation, we are offering a
workshop on presupposition accommodation, with invited participants from
across several fields in cognitive science.
Barbara Abbott, Michigan State University, Linguistics
Dorit Abusch, Cornell University, Linguistics
David Beaver, Stanford University, Linguistics
Anne Bezuidenhuit, University of South Carolina, Philosophy
Gregory Carlson, University of Rochester, Linguistics
Joshua Dever, University of Texas at Austin, Philosophy
Kai Von Fintel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Linguistics
Lyn Frazier, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Psycholinguistics
Bart Geurts, University of Nijmegen, Philosophy
Anthony Gillies, University of Michigan, Philosophy
Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California, Computer Science
Laurence R. Horn, Yale University, Linguistics
Staffan Larsson, Gothenburg University, Linguistics
Mats Rooth, Cornell University, Linguistics
Tony Sanford, Glasgow University, Psychology
Mandy Simons, Carnegie Mellon University, Philosophy
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, Computer Science
Zoltán Szabò, Cornell University, Philosophy
Michael Tanenhaus, University of Rochester, Psychology
Rich Thomason, University of Michigan, Philosophy and Computer Science
Gregory Ward, Northwestern University, Linguistics
Henk Zeevat, University of Amsterdam, Linguistics
We invite submissions for a poster session on the second day of the
workshop, Saturday, October 14, 2006. Posters are welcome on any topics
relevant for presupposition accommodation, including (but not limited
to) theoretical and applied work on:
- the nature of presupposition and of particular presupposition
- the role of abductive reasoning in calculating intended meaning
- the character of pragmatic repair.
Work on computational models, both interpretation and generation, and on
human acquisition and processing are particularly solicited.
The abstract should be no more than 500 words (not including figures and
references) and should include a header which provides contact
information for the primary contact author. Send this information to the
organizers, at prag-conf(a)ling.ohio-state.edu (replacing (a) in the
email address with the 'at' sign).
Deadline for abstract submissions: Midnight (US) EST, July 31, 2006.
Acceptance will be notified by August 21, 2006.
Poster session date: October 14, 2006.
Intensive Short Course on Presupposition and Accommodation:
As an introduction to the material discussed in the Workshop on
Presupposition Accommodation, the OSU Pragmatics Initiative is offering
a one-week intensive course for graduate students and postdoctoral
researchers who wish to improve their understanding of the topic of
presupposition accommodation. The course is intended to prepare students
to maximally benefit from attendance at the interdisciplinary Workshop
on Presupposition Accommodation, and to contribute to scholarship in
The course will provide students with the opportunity to explore
presupposition and accommodation in each of the five academic fields
represented at the workshop. Discussions and assigned readings will
cover both foundational material and current developments, including
papers commissioned for the workshop. The course will take place October
8 - 13.
Please see the course website for a list of instructors.
How to Register for Course:
Thanks to support from our sponsors, there is no charge to attend the
course. Due to space restrictions, however, participation will be
limited. Priority will be given to students with adequate background in
a related field. To enroll for the course, complete the registration
form that is downloadable from the Workshop website at
All students in the short course are expected to attend the Workshop on
Presupposition Accommodation, taking place immediately after the course
on October 13,14 and 15.
Travel Grants for Course:
The National Science Foundation has funded a number of travel
fellowships for students and postdoctoral fellows who wish to attend the
course. Fellowship students will be reimbursed for their transportation
and housing expenses incurred to attend the course and workshop.
Fellowship students are expected to attend the course for the entire
week and also the Workshop on Presupposition Accommodation. Application
materials for travel grants are included in the registration packet
available on the website.
Important Dates for Short Course:
June 15, 2006: Registration forms from applicants requesting travel
fellowships must be received by June 15 to receive full
July 15, 2006: Notification of acceptance and fellowship status
will be sent to applicants
Sept. 1, 2006: Late registration for the course only
(without travel assistance) will be accepted
through September 1, 2006, subject to space
* Craige Roberts, OSU Dept. of Linguistics
* Donna Byron, OSU Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
* Scott Schwenter, OSU Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
The course is made possible through the support of the
* The National Science Foundation of the U.S.A.
* The OSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering
* The OSU Department of Linguistics
* The OSU Department of Spanish and Portuguese
* The OSU Federated Colleges of the Arts and Sciences
For additional information, please go to http://www.pragmatics.osu.edu
or contact the organizers at prag-conf(a)ling.ohio-state.edu, by
replacing (a) in the email address with the 'at' sign.
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