25.3239, Calls: Cognitive Sci, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Neuroling/Germany

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Subject: 25.3239, Calls: Cognitive Sci, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Neuroling/Germany

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Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 23:56:05
From: Hanna Weiland [hanna.weiland at uni-koeln.de]
Subject: DGfS 2015 - Workshop: Perspective-taking

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Full Title: DGfS 2015 - Workshop: Perspective-taking 
Short Title: DGfS-PT 

Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Location: Leipzig, Germany 
Contact Person: Hanna Weiland
Meeting Email: hanna.weiland at uni-koeln.de
Web Site: http://conference.uni-leipzig.de/dgfs2015/ 

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

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2014 

Meeting Description:


Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Leipzig, Germany, March 4-6, 2015

Stefan Hinterwimmer, Petra B. Schumacher & Hanna Weiland; University of Cologne; {shinterw; petra.schumacher; hanna.weiland}@uni-koeln.de

Invited Speakers:

Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia
Dale Barr, University of Glasgow

Pragmatic theories assign an important role to speakers and their intentions and beliefs. The perspective conveyed by a particular utterance impacts the interpretation of speaker meaning and it may even change the truth-values of an utterance (cf. e.g., Travis 1997). Theory of mind, which accounts for the ability to attribute mental states to oneself or others, and the notion of common ground think of perspective in a less restricted way. In language processing, the ability of shared mental states has been
investigated with adults, children and in language disorders like Asperger Syndrome. These studies provide a first indication of the impact of perspective. Additionally, there are subtle variations in perspective in different pronominal forms. In this regard, typological research reveals
intriguing effects of perspective.

The workshop will focus on the phenomenon of perspective-taking both from a processing and a theoretical view and address the following questions:

- Which aspects of perspective-taking are important for the interlocutors to succeed in daily communication?
- Which linguistic or general cognitive abilities are required to compute perspectival aspects during language processing?
-Are there default strategies that are adopted during processing (cf. e.g., Keysar et al. 2000 on the priority of egocentric perspective under certain conditions)?
- Is perspective-taking a marginal pragmatic phenomenon or a key aspect of human communication? 
How is perspective expressed linguistically (e.g., demonstratives or logophors may convey specific perspective cues)?
- Which distinctions are available (e.g., self-/hearer-/other-directed speech; self/source/pivot; speaker/location/thing as perspectival anchor)?
- How should perspective be represented (i.e. as unarticulated constituents of the sentence or as common ground)?


Keysar, B., Barr, D. J., Balin, J. A., & Brauner, J. S. 2000. Psychological Science, 11(1), 32-38.
Travis, C. 1997. Pragmatics. In B. Hale & C. Wright (Eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language (pp. 87 - 106). Oxford: Blackwell.

2nd Call for Papers:

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minutes presentations plus discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and confined to 1-2 pages in pdf. Please note that accepted talks will have to provide short abstracts of 400 words length at a later point in time.   

Please send a pdf-file to hanna.weiland at uni-koeln.de. The subject of the message should specify ‚Perspective 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 20, 2014: Deadline for abstract submission
September 15, 2014: Notification of acceptance
March 4-6, 2015: DGfS Workshop in Leipzig

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