26.2211, Calls: Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Semantics/China

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Subject: 26.2211, Calls: Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Semantics/China

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Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:30:22
From: Jumbly Grindrod [pervasive_context at reading.ac.uk]
Subject: Pervasive Context Conference: The Problems and the Solutions

Full Title: Pervasive Context Conference: The Problems and the Solutions 
Short Title: PCC 

Date: 24-Oct-2015 - 25-Oct-2015
Location: Beijing, China 
Contact Person: Emma Borg
Meeting Email: pervasive_context at reading.ac.uk
Web Site: https://www.reading.ac.uk/pervasive-context/pc-conference-peking.aspx 

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

Call Deadline: 01-May-2015 

Meeting Description:

Pervasive Context Conference: The Problems and the Solutions

This conference will examine the problems of pervasive context-sensitivity in natural language, from both a philosophical and a psychological perspective. Some indicative questions which may be explored at the conference include:

What exactly is 'the problem of pervasive context-sensitivity'? Is there a single problem to be studied here or are there different phenomena in play across different cases? Similarly, is there one mechanism which should handle all instances of context-sensitivity or do natural languages contain different ways of accommodating different types of context-sensitivity?

Are the kinds of thought experiments Charles Travis has famously used in arguing for pervasive context-sensitivity robust? In light of recent scepticism about the role of intuitions as data for philosophical theories, are Travis-cases open to challenge in this regard? Are there intercultural differences in intuitions about Travis-cases? In what ways do contemporary theories of context-sensitivity agree or disagree with each other? Are there any surprising points of consensus? What exactly are the different theories disagreeing about?

Invited Speakers: 

Professor Emma Borg (University of Reading)
Dr. Nathaniel Hansen (University of Reading)
Professor Robyn Carston (University College London)
Professor Francois Recanati (institute Jean Nicod)
Professor Chuang Ye (Peking University)

Conference Venue:

Peking University, Beijing, China

2nd Call for Papers:

Pervasive Context Conference: The Problems and the Solutions

Submission Deadline: 1 May 2015

For 'Pervasive Context: The Problems and the Solutions', papers which discuss foundational issues or which advance understanding of extant positions may be given preference.

Papers that examine the problems concerning pervasive context-sensitivity in natural language, from a philosophical or a psychological perspective are invited. In particular, papers that approach foundational issues (such as the nature and extent of context-sensitivity in natural language) or that advance understanding of the extant positions may be given preference.

All papers will be evaluated for their originality, quality, potential impact or reach, and relevance to the conference. For each conference, up to four papers will be selected through open competition.

Papers should be prepared for blind review (title page with author information should be submitted together with an anonymised version of the paper as separate documents) and should be suitable for a 40-45 minute presentation. 

Please include full contact details and affiliation on a separate first page of your submission. These details will be removed prior to the review process, which will be double-blind.
The project is able to contribute funds for travel and accommodation for speakers. Contributions are expected to be in the region of 50%, although this can only be confirmed after 31 July 2015.
Submissions should be sent via email to the following address:

pervasive_context at reading.ac.uk

Organisers: Emma Borg, Nathaniel Hansen, Chuang Ye, Qilin Le, Guanglong Luo, Jumbly Grindrod

This event is part of the AHRC-funded project: Pervasive Context Project.



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