24.2105, Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Lang, Neuroling, Psycholing/Germany

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LINGUIST List: Vol-24-2105. Sat May 18 2013. ISSN: 1069 - 4875.

Subject: 24.2105, Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Lang, Neuroling, Psycholing/Germany

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Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 12:28:30
From: Erica Cosentino [ericacosentino at libero.it]
Subject: Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches

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Full Title: Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches 
Short Title: INSEMP 

Date: 10-Oct-2013 - 12-Oct-2013
Location: Bochum, Germany 
Contact Person: Maria Spychalska
Meeting Email: insemp at rub.de
Web Site: http://www.rub.de/phil-lang/investigating/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 16-Jun-2013 

Meeting Description:

Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches
Bochum, October 10-12, 2013
Venue: Ruhr-University-Bochum


Erica Cosentino, Dirk Kindermann, Max Kölbel, Maria Spychalska, Markus Werning

Natural language semantics is today a wide-ranging and methodologically diverse discipline. One can distinguish broadly between those who use experimental methods from those who don't. Mostly, semanticists in psychology or neuroscience work experimentally, while philosophers, logicians and linguists work non-experimentally. However, the variety of approaches and methods among both groups is huge. Even within the camp of theoretical semantics there are numerous communities: formal semantics, possible world semantics, discourse representation theory, etc. The same heterogeneity is present in the camp of empirical researchers: psycho- and neurolinguistics, corpus linguistics, etc. The aim of the workshop is to bring together these different branches which are often working on very related topics. The workshop will not only present the variety of empirical and theoretical approaches to semantics, but also invites explicit discussions of the neurobiological and psychological basis of semantics as well as its methods, and epistemology.

Invited Speakers:

Giosuè Baggio (SISSA, Triest)
Derek Ball (U St. Andrews)
Emma Borg (U Reading)
Anna Borghi (U Bologna)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS, Berlin)
Gina Kuperberg (MGH, Tufts U)
Ira Noveck (CNRS, Lyon)
Paul Pietroski (U Maryland)
Michiel van Lambalgen (U Amsterdam)

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite abstract submissions for papers (25+5 minutes) and posters related to the topics of the conference.

Exemplary Topics:

- Compositionality
- Computational complexity in language
- Discourse semantics
- Generalized quantifiers
- Implicatures and presuppositions
- Interfaces between syntax, semantics and pragmatics
- Lexical semantics
- Possible worlds semantics
- The nature of meaning: abstract-symbolic or embodied-simulative
- Etc.


- Formal semantics
- General philosophical issues regarding semantics
- Philosophy of linguistics
- Semantics in experimental philosophy - experimental pragmatics
- Semantics with corpus-linguistic methods
- Semantics with neurolinguistic methods
- Semantics with psycholinguistic methods
- Etc.

Abstract Submission Details:

Submissions should be anonymous and should not exceed two-pages (including all figures, graphs and bibliography). Please use one of our templates for the preparation of your submission: Word Template or LaTeX Template.

Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format to:


Abstract submission deadline: June 16, 2013

Contact: insemp at rub.de

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