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An impressive number of XPrag.de members presenting at the Kick-off-Workshop “Cognitive Semantics and Quantities” in Amsterdam

There are several XPrag.de members presenting at the Kick-off workshop of the recently started ERC project on “Cognitive Semantics and Quantities”, which is leaded by Jakub Szymanik, who is an Associate professor in the “Institute for Logic, Language and Computation” at the University of Amsterdam. The workshop will be held on September 28th and 29th. More details can be found here: http://www.jakubszymanik.com/CoSaQ/events/kick-off-workshop/.

On Thursday, September 28 at 11:40 XPrag.de associate Stephanie Solt (ZAS Berlin) will give a talk with the title “Do quantifiers count?”. In the afternoon at 14:40, XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Napoleon Katsos (Cambridge University) will talk on “How children learn `some,’ `all,’ and `most,’ words”, followed by XPrag.de Principal Investigator Olivier Bott from project “CiC” in Tübingen, who will talk about “Empty-Set Effects in Quantifier Interpretation” at 14:40.

On Friday, 29th at 14:40, XPrag.de Principal Investigator Maria Spychalska from project “ImpliPer” at the University of Cologne will talk on “Pragmatic effects on the processing of quantifiers.” Afterwards, XPrag.de member Barbara Tomaszewicz from project “InfoPer” in Cologne will give a talk on “Proportional and Superlative ‘Most’ in Visual Verification Tasks”

Exciting XPrag.de week 2017 in Cologne

The University of Cologne hosted the annual XPrag.de meeting on September 18th and 19th followed by a three-day methods workshop in Experimental Pragmatics. This year’s meeting was special because it was the final meeting of the first phase our program and at the same time the kick-off for the second phase. Project groups of the first phase have presented their remarkable results while the projects of the second phase have introduced their plans for the next three years resulting in a total of 12 talks and 15 posters. The meeting was opened with an exciting talk by first phase’s mercator fellow Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University) titled “Where does recursion come from? Evidence from an emerging sign language“. A second invited talk was given by Kai Vogeley on “Neural Mechanisms of Intersubjectivity“. On Tuesday afternoon, the Programme Director Humanities and Social Sciences 2: Social and Behavioural Sciences of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Helga Weyerts-Schweda gave an overview of the funding opportunities offered by the DFG. Overall, these were two busy days with exciting presentations and many fruitful discussions leading to first plans for collaboration between various XPrag.de projects.

The second half of the week featured a methods workshop on new developments in experimental methods and their links to pragmatic theory. More specifically, XPrag.de member Judith Degen (Stanford University) gave an introductory course on “Probabilistic pragmatics and the Rational Speech Act framework”. XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Lyn Frazier (U Mass Amherst) gave a series of lectures on language processing, in particular the processing of non-at-issue content and the pragmatics of ellipsis among others. The third course held by XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) addressed the acquisition of pragmatic competence. The workshop slides can be found here. A further event was an interactive workshop on gender and diversity in academia to prepare researches for related challenges in their role as principal investigator or professor held by Monika Schoop (U Cologne). The methods workshop was a great success attracting more than 50 attendees from all across Europe.

XPrag.de at the “Fourth Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference (PLM4)” in Bochum

There will be several presentations by XPrag.de members at the “Fourth Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference (PLM4)”, which is organized among others by XPrag.de Principal Investigator Markus Werning from project “BayesPrag@EEG” at Ruhr Universität Bochum and which will take place from September 21st to September 23rd, 2017.

On September 21st at 12:00 pm, XPrag.de member Matthias Unterhuber from project “BayesPrag@EEG” in Bochum will talk on “A Mechanistic Take on the Theory Theory of Concepts”. At the same time XPrag.de Principal Investigator Maria Spychalska from project “ImpliPer” in Cologne will give a talk together with Viviana Haase, J. Kontinen and Markus Werning with the title “Processing of affirmation and negation in contexts with unique and multiple alternatives: Evidence from event-related potentials”.

In the afternoon at 16:35 pm, XPrag.de associate Salvatore Pistoia-Reda and XPrag.de coordinator Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin) will talk on “Degrees of Analyticity”.

At 18:15 pm, Markus Werning and Erica Cosentino will give the keynote talk on “The Interaction of Bayesian Pragmatics and Lexical Semantics in Sentence Meaning Composition”.

On September 23rd at 13:05 pm, Maria Spychalska will give another talk on “Neurocognitive evidence in the semantics-pragmatics interface debate: the case of implicatures”.

XPrag.de at SuB 22 at ZAS Berlin and Potsdam University

There will be several presentations by XPrag.de members at the “Sinn und Bedeutung 22” conference, which is organized by XPrag.de associate Stephanie Solt (ZAS Berlin), XPrag.de coordinator Uli Sauerland, XPrag.de Principal Investigator Malte Zimmermann (Potsdam), XPrag.de Principal Investigator Manfred Krifka (ZAS) together with Guillermo Del Pinal (ZAS) and Mira Grubic (Uni Potsdam). The conference will be hosted by the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) Berlin and the Linguistics Department of the University of Potsdam.

At the poster session on Friday afternoon (14:15-16:00), XPrag.de member A. Marlijn Meijer from project “YesNo” in Cologne will present a poster on “The pragmatics of embedded propositional proforms: embedding it, that and the NCA”. There will also be a poster by Anton Benz, Lisa Raithel and Nicole Gotzner from project “SiGames” at ZAS Berlin on “Embedded implicature: What can be left unsaid?” A further poster will be presented by XPrag.de associate Stefan Hinterwimmer (Cologne) and XPrag.de member Cornelia Ebert from project “PSIMS” at ZAS Berlin on “A comparison of the modal particles fei and aber“.

Afterwards, at 17:40 pm, Anton Benz, Carla Bombi Ferrer and Nicole Gotzner will give a talk on “Scalar diversity and negative strengthening”.

Maria Spychalska awarded again with a prize for her dissertation!

Today at the ECAP9 conference, Maria Spychalska from project “ImpliPer” has been awarded with the Barbara-Wengeler-Preis, which is a prize for outstanding theses at the interface between philosophy and neuro-science. This is the third time, she has received an award for her thesis. In September 2016, she has received the “Preis an Studierende” by the Ruhr University Bochum. In October 2016, she was awarded with the Gfd-Preis for the best interdisciplinary dissertation at RUB. Congratulations, Maria!

Maria Spychalska will give a course at ESSLLI 2017

Maria Spychalska, who has just started her own XPrag.de project “ImpliPer” at the University of Cologne, will give a course on “Bridging language processing data and formal theories of meaning: event-related brain potentials as a tool of investigating semantic and pragmatic theories “ at the 29th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2017), to take place at the University of Toulouse (France), 17-28 July, 2017.

XPrag.de Methods Workshop

From September 20th to September 22nd, the XPrag.de Methods Workshop will take place at the University of Cologne. The aim of the workshop is to update researchers interested in Experimental Pragmatics on new developments in experimental methods and their links to pragmatic theory.

Three courses will be offered, with three sessions each:

XPrag.de member Judith Degen (Stanford University) will give lectures on “Probabilistic pragmatics: an introduction to the Rational Speech Act framework”.

XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Lyn Frazier (UM Amherst) will give a series of lectures on language processing, in particular the processing of non-at-issue content and the pragmatics of ellipsis.

The course of XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) addresses the acquisition of pragmatic competence.

In addition, we have invited an expert to hold an interactive workshop on “gender and diversity in academia” to prepare you for related challenges in your role as project principal investigator or professor.

More details can be found here http://www.xprag.de/?page_id=5031.

Please register by September 1st, 2017 at the latest!

XPrag.de at CogSci 2017 in London

There will be two poster presentations by XPrag.de projects at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, to be held in London, UK on Wednesday July 26th – Saturday July 29th, 2017.

At Poster Session 3 (Monarch Suite, Saturday July 29, 1:20pm – 2:50pm) Oliver Bott from project CiC
will present a poster on “Context reduces coercion costs – Evidence from eyetracking during reading”.
Later in the afternoon at Poster Session 4, (Monarch Suite, Saturday July 29, 5:10pm – 6:40pm) Anthea Schöller and Michael Franke from project ProComPrag will present a poster on “Surprisingly: Marker of Surprise Readings or Intensifier?”.