CFP Utterance Interpretation & Cognitive Models II, Brussels July 2008

Philippe De Brabanter phdebrab at
Wed Feb 13 15:34:20 UTC 2008

  The second edition of the Brussels conference on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models will take place on July 19-21, 2008. While the first edition addressed the issue of the semantics/pragmatics interface from a cognitive perspective, this time we wish to adopt a broader perspective. The conference aims at reaching across disciplinary boundaries and bringing together researchers who, though belonging to different schools or traditions, all take a view of interpretation that is informed by cognitive concerns. We are convinced that a better understanding of how utterances come to be endowed with meaning calls for collaboration between various subfields of linguistics — syntax, formal semantics, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, evolutionary linguistics —, as well as with other disciplines, such as developmental and cognitive psychology, cognitive sciences, and philosophy of language. However, whatever the theoretical background and the empirical phenomena to be
 accounted for, in our view the ultimate test for any theory of utterance interpretation is that it should be psychologically plausible. We hope that the second conference on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models will help popularize this idea.
  Keynote speakers:
  Nicholas Asher (Austin University of Texas/CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse) 
  Robyn Carston (University College London)
  Herbert Clark (Stanford University)
  Jim Hurford (University of Edinburgh)
  Ruth Millikan (University of Connecticut)
  Robert Stainton (University of Western Ontario)
  Leonard Talmy (University at Buffalo)
  Abstract submissions: 
  In addition to keynote lectures, the conference will feature parallel sessions with contributed papers. We welcome submissions of abstracts for 25-minute papers that focus on the cognitive underpinnings of utterance interpretation or, conversely, address the implications that theories of any aspect of utterance interpretation can have for cognitive science. We also welcome papers from scholars who study utterance interpretation in connection with language development, impaired communication, non-verbal communication and non-human communication. Abstracts will be anonymously refereed by members of the program committee.
  Important dates:
  Deadline for abstracts: April 15
  Notification of acceptance: May 30
  Conference: July 19-21 2008 
  Abstract format: 
  - Only electronic submissions are accepted. 
  - Abstracts should be submitted to the email address: uicm2 at, with the following subject line: ''Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models 2'' 
  - The abstracts should be sent as an attachment to an email message, in either MS Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf ) format 
  - The length of the submissions is a maximum of two A4 sides, using 2,5 cm (1 inch) margins and a 12 pt font. Each abstract should clearly indicate the title of the talk, and may include references. In the interest of fairness these constraints will be strictly enforced.
  - The abstracts should be prepared for blind review, and include no indication of the name(s) of the author(s). Only anonymous abstracts will be considered.
  - The body of the email message should contain the following information: The name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, title of the paper and contact details (postal and email address).
  - A maximum of one submission as author, and one as co-author will be considered
  Program committee
  Nicholas Asher (Austin University of Texas/CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse) 
  Anne Bezuidenhout (University of South Carolina)
  Frank Brisard (Universiteit Antwerpen) 
  Robyn Carston (University College London)
  Eros Corazza (Carleton University)
  Francis Corblin (Université de Paris 4-Sorbonne, Institut Jean-Nicod)
  Philippe De Brabanter (Université de Paris 4-Sorbonne, Institut Jean-Nicod)
  Walter De Mulder (Universiteit Antwerpen)
  Jérôme Dokic (Institut Jean-Nicod)
  Marc Dominicy (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  Gilles Fauconnier (University of California San Diego)
  Pierre Feyereisen (Université Catholique de Louvain)
  Bart Geurts (Radboud University Nijmegen) 
  Mitchell Green (University of Virginia)
  Jim Hurford (University of Edinburgh)
  Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge)
  Mikhail Kissine (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  Philippe Kreutz (Université Libre de Bruxelles) 
  Pascal Ludwig (Université de Paris 4-Sorbonne, Institut Jean-Nicod)
  Fabienne Martin (Universität Stuttgart)
  Ruth Millikan (University of Connecticut)
  Jan Nuyts (Universiteit Antwerpen)
  Nausicaa Pouscoulous (University College London)
  François Recanati (Institut Jean-Nicod)
  Barry Smith (Birkbeck College, University of London)
  Rob Stainton (University of Western Ontario)
  Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean-Nicod)
  Leonard Talmy (University at Buffalo)
  Ken Turner (University of Brighton) 
  Johan van der Auwera (Universiteit Antwerpen)
  Neftali Villanueva (Institut Jean-Nicod)
  Svetlana Vogeleer (Institut Marie Haps)
  Additional information is available at:
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