25.3296, Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics, Psycholinguistics, Syntax, Typology/Germany

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Subject: 25.3296, Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics, Psycholinguistics, Syntax, Typology/Germany

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Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:11:08
From: Ryan Bochnak [bochnak at berkeley.edu]
Subject: DGfS 2015 Workshop: Modelling Conditionality

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Full Title: DGfS 2015 Workshop: Modelling Conditionality 

Date: 05-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Location: Leipzig, Germany 
Contact Person: Eva Csipak
Meeting Email: conditionals2015 at gmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology 

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2014 

Meeting Description:

Modelling conditionality
 
This workshop is part of the DGfS 2015 meeting in Leipzig.

Conditionals are a particularly interesting part of language because they offer insight into the way humans reason about possibilities. While analyses traditionally focus on the syntax and semantics of English hypothetical conditionals, other languages employ different strategies to talk about conditionality. Recently there has been an effort to broaden the focus from modelling only English hypothetical conditionals to include other languages, other types of conditionals (e.g. anankastics; relevance conditionals; Imperative And/Or Declarative constructions), and insights from language processing. Nonetheless modelling the interaction of different types of conditionals with tense and mood remains a difficult challenge to compositional semantics. 

This workshop aims to provide a forum to discuss models for the syntax and semantics of different conditional constructions in natural language (particularly understudied languages, but also English and German), and to challenge these models with experimental data. 

Invited Speaker:

Kai von Fintel (MIT)

Organizers:

Ryan Bochnak (UC Berkeley)
Eva Csipak (Göttingen)

Final Call for Papers:

Extended abstract deadline: August 31, 2014

We invite submissions on topics which include, but are not limited to, the following questions:

(1) What constructions are used cross-linguistically to express conditionality, and how should this shape current theories of conditionals? How do these constructions influence our understanding of the nature of modals in general?


(2) How do recent analyses of anankastics, relevance conditionals, and Imperative-and/or-Declarative constructions hold up when tense and mood come into play?

(3) Does data from language processing support current theories of the syntax and semantics of conditionals? Can a probabilistic theory account for the 'quirky' non-hypothetical conditionals?

We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations (20+10) that address any of the questions above or related topics. Abstracts should be anonymous and not exceed two pages (including examples and references; using a 12-point font and 2.5cm/1 inch margins on all four sides).

Please send your abstracts electronically in pdf format by August 31, 2014 to the following address:
conditionals2015 at gmail.com

Please include your name, affiliation, and title of the abstract in the body of your email.

Important Dates:

Extended abstract deadline: August 31, 2014
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2014
Workshop dates: March 5-6, 2015







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