25.3867, Calls: Semantics, Cognitive Sci, Philosophy of Lang, Discipline of Linguistics/Netherlands

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Subject: 25.3867, Calls: Semantics, Cognitive Sci, Philosophy of Lang, Discipline of Linguistics/Netherlands

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Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:32:30
From: Emar Maier [emar.maier at gmail.com]
Subject: Formal Semantics Meets Cognitive Semantics

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Full Title: Formal Semantics Meets Cognitive Semantics 
Short Title: FormCogSem 

Date: 22-Jan-2015 - 23-Jan-2015
Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands 
Contact Person: Lotte Hogeweg
Meeting Email: l.hogeweg at let.ru.nl
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/formcogsem/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discipline of Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 21-Nov-2014 

Meeting Description:

Workshop: Formal Semantics Meets Cognitive Semantics

January 22-23, 2015, Nijmegen

Semantics is a divided discipline. On one side we have Formal Semantics, which has its roots in logic and analytical philosophy (Frege, Montague). Meaning here is viewed as a relation between language and external reality, formalized in terms of reference, truth, possible worlds, etc. On the other side we have Cognitive Semantics, a central part of the Cognitive Linguistics movement, which grew out of dissatisfaction with formal linguistics (in particular, formal semantics and generative syntax) in the seventies (Fauconnier, Lakoff, Talmy). In this framework meaning is primarily a relation between language and the mind, described in terms of mental spaces, conceptual schemata, frames, etc.

Today, the split between the two is as wide as ever. Both are evidently thriving disciplines, but in almost complete isolation from each other. Given the apparent overlap in subject matter - natural language meaning - this lack of interaction is surprising.

In this workshop we want to bring together researchers from both sides who contribute to bridging the gap in some way.

Invited Speakers:

- Arie Verhagen (Leiden)
- Henk Zeevat (Amsterdam)
- Nicholas Asher (Toulouse) (to be confirmed)


- Lotte Hogeweg (Nijmegen): l.hogeweg at let.ru.nl
- Emar Maier (Groningen): emar.maier at gmail.com


Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Call for Papers:

We solicit submissions dealing with, for instance:

- Formal semantic approaches to phenomena typically reserved for cognitive linguistics, such as metaphor, polysemy, perspective, narrativity -- especially when they explicitly engage with existing cognitive semantic approaches

- Cognitive semantic approaches to phenomena typically associated with formal semantics, such as anaphora, quantification or intensional operators -- especially when they explicitly engage with existing formal semantic approaches

- Hybrid frameworks that combine aspects of both, such as cognitive interpretations of Discourse Representation Theory, or Gärdenfors' Conceptual Semantics

- Philosophical, foundational and/or historical investigations of the opposition between formal and cognitive semantics


We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) via Easychair. Go to https://sites.google.com/site/formcogsem/


Workshop: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Friday, January 23, 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: Friday, November 21, 2014
Notification: December 1, 2014



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