21.3256, Calls: Neuroling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics/Germany

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Subject: 21.3256, Calls: Neuroling, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Semantics/Germany

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Date: 10-Aug-2010
From: Petra Schumacher < petra.schumacher at uni-mainz.de >
Subject: What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence
 

	
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Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:02:29
From: Petra Schumacher [petra.schumacher at uni-mainz.de]
Subject: What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence

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Full Title: What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence 

Date: 23-Feb-2011 - 25-Feb-2011
Location: Goettingen, Germany 
Contact Person: Petra Schumacher
Meeting Email: petra.schumacher at uni-mainz.de
Web Site: http://www.linguistik.uni-mainz.de/schumacher/publications/what-
is-a-context/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; 
Semantics 

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2010 

Meeting Description:

What is a Context? - Theoretical and Experimental Evidence

Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German 
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-
25, 2011.

Organizers: 
Jörg Meibauer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 
(meibauer(at)uni-mainz.de)
Petra Schumacher, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 
(petra.schumacher(at)uni-mainz.de) 

Final Call For Papers

Most linguists will agree that 'context' is a fundamental notion for linguistic 
analysis and theory. But when it comes to pinpoint what exactly a context is, 
most researchers act reluctantly, i.e. they parameterize their notion 
according to their empirical or theoretical aims. For example, Bach (2005: 
21), in a paper devoted to an attack on so-called contextualists, explains: 
'What is loosely called 'context' is the conversational setting broadly 
construed. It is the mutual cognitive context, or salient common ground. It 
includes the current state of the conversation (what has just been said, 
what has just been referred to, etc.), the physical setting (if the conversants 
are face to face), salient mutual knowledge between the conversants, and 
relevant broader common knowledge'. However, such definitions cannot 
substitute a comprehensive theory of context. The very fact that in recent 
discussions on the semantics-pragmatics interface, rivaling camps such as 
'minimalists' versus 'contextualists' entertain quite different notions of 
context and context-dependent meaning, shows that there is a need for in-
depth discussion of the notion(s) and theories dealing with context. Even in 
recent psycho- and neurolinguistic research that is devoted to the 
semantics-pragmatics interface and pragmatic enrichment, it becomes 
increasingly clear that aspects of contextual knowledge that should be 
controlled are in fact not always under control, this possibly having to do 
with the 'emergent' character of context. 

Our workshop aims at bringing together all linguists interested in context 
research, be it from the perspective of the semantics-pragmatics interface in 
general, from the conversationalist perspective, from computational 
linguistics, or from psycho- and neurolinguistics. In particular, we invite 
contributions that focus on specific aspects of contextual information and 
that are geared towards choosing between distinct notions of context.

Reference: Bach, Kent (2005): Context ex machina. In: Szabó, Zolán 
Gendler (ed.)(2005): Semantics versus Pragmatics. Oxford: Clarendon, 15-
44.

Keynote speakers

Robyn Carston (University College London)
Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt (University of Cambridge)

Abstract submission

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minutes presentations plus 10 
minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and confined to 
one page (including examples and references) with 1-inch margins and a 
font no smaller than 11 point.  

Please send a pdf-file to petra.schumacher(at)uni-mainz.de. The subject of 
the message should specify? 'DGfS Abstract', and the body of the message 
should include author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact information 
(including email address), and the title of the abstract.

The languages of the conference are English and German, and abstracts 
should be written in the language of presentation. However, we encourage 
submission of papers in English.

Important dates

August 31, 2010:    Deadline for abstract submission
September 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance
February 23-25, 2011: DGfS Workshop





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