First Italian conference on Experimental Pragmatics this weekend!

This weekend (June 10/11), the first Italian conference on Experimental Pragmatics “ – Behavioral and Neural Evidence on Pragmatic Processing” organized by associate Filippo Domaneschi from project EXPRESS together with Valentina Bambini (IUSS) will take place in Genoa. Mercator Fellow Ira Noveck will be keynote speaker. More info can be found here:

Talk by member Pia Knoeferle at “Treffpunkt Sprache”!

On May 16th, Pia Knoeferle, Prinicipal Investigator from project “FoTeRo” will give a talk on situated language processing at “Treffpunkt Sprache”. In this lecture series, current topics of interdisciplinary interest around language and their investigation are presented. The series is organized by ZAS Berlin in cooperation with the Institute for German Language and Linguistics and the Institute for Philosophy of Humboldt University and is aimed at scientists, students and interested laymen.

Title: “Vom Sprachverstehen zur visuellen Wahrnehmung und zurück: situierte Sprachverarbeitung.”
Venue: Humboldt University, Dorotheenstraße 24, 10117 Berlin, Raum 1.101
Time: 18:30 Uhr

Workshop “Non-At-Issue Meaning and Information Structure” in Oslo starts today!

The workshop on “Non-At-Issue Meaning and Information Structure” organized by member Nadine Bade (ObTrEx) and coordinator Uli Sauerland together with Pritty Patel-Grosz and Patrick Grosz from the University of Oslo starts today! The workshop will be held at the University of Oslo from May 8-10th. Please find the program and more details here:

W1/W2 Professorship in Experimental Pragmatics at Bielefeld University available!

The Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at Bielefeld University seeks to fill by October 1st 2017 the following position:

Professorship (either W1 with tenure track or W2) for Experimental Pragmatics

The successful candidate must be internationally well established in the field of experimental pragmatics, and be able to demonstrate relevant research and teaching experience.

Publications are expected that correspond to the denomination of the professorship and demonstrate competence in the following fields:

(a) pragmatic and semantic theories;
(b) methods of data collection, evaluation and modelling.

Desirable is expertise in the following areas:

(a) research on dialogue structures;
(b) human-computer interaction;
(c) research on spontaneous interactions.

Willingness to cooperate with the other areas of linguistics in Bielefeld is expected. Participation in existing (e.g., excellence cluster in cognitive interaction technology, CITEC) and planned interdisciplinary research projects on dialogue structures is also expected.

The applicant will undertake teaching responsibilities within the BA and MA programs of Linguistics and Clinical Linguistics.

The faculty considers gender equality of men and women as an important goal, and expects the successful candidate to contribute to the work towards it.

If the position will be filled as a W1 professorship, the successful candidate will be first appointed for three years with the possibility of an extension for further three years, upon positive evaluation. Upon a final evaluation in the last year, the position can be tenured in a permanent W2 professorship. Depending on the appropriate qualifications of the candidate, the position can also directly be filled as a permanent W2 professorship.

A necessary requirement is a completed university degree, teaching experience, a doctoral degree, and, in case of a direct appointment as a W2 professorship, additional scientific contributions, the appropriateness of which will wholly and exclusively be judged by the search committee (cf. § 36 HG). Applications from abroad are welcome. Applicants for which German is not a first language should be able to hold lectures in German withinn reasonable time – in addition to lectures in English.

Applications from applicants with severe disabilities, or equivalent, are expressly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has repeatedly been awarded for its successes in working towards gender equality, and is a certified “family friendly University”. Applications from women are strongly encouraged, both in the scientific domain as well as in the areas of technology, IT, and manufacturing. Applications will be dealt with in accordance to state laws.

Applications including the usual documents (cv, list of publications, including a statement about the ten most important publications, 2-page concept on research and teaching, list of courses taught, copies of academic degrees) should be sent

* by e-mail as a single PDF document
* by April 25th, 2017**, to:
* Dekan.LiLi-Irgend ein

or by regular mail to:
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
– Der Dekan –
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Please do not send any originals, as the received documents will be destroyed at the end of the proceedings. at the 39th Annual Meeting of the DGfS in Saarbrücken

There will be serveral contributions by members at the 39th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken from March 8th – 10th 2017.

Manfred Krifka from project “YesNo” is one of the key note speakers. On March 8th, 9:30 – 10:30, he will give a talk on “Focus in answers and questions in Commitment-Space Semantics” (B 4.1, 0.01)

Anke Holler from project “ProComPrag” is one of the organizers of the workshop AG 2 on “Information structuring in discourse” (Gebäude B 3.1, Raum 0.14). At this workshop, there will be a talk on March 9th, 12:15 – 12:45, by Clare Patterson and Claudia Felser from project “L2PronRes” on “Cleft focus and accessibility: Online vs. offline differences”

At the workshop AG 3 on “Sekundäre Information und ihre sprachliche Kodierung” (Gebäude B 3.1, Raum 0.13) there will be two talks by members. On March 8th, 14:15 – 14.45, associate Stefan Hinterwimmer (U Cologne) will talk on “The Bavarian discourse particle fei as a marker of non-at-issueness”. And, on March 9th, 14:15 – 14:45, Nadine Bade (“ObTrEx”) and Joseph P. DeVeaugh-Geiss (“ExCl”) will give a talk together with Agata Renans (Ulster) on “Presupposition triggers in a cross-linguistic perspective: maximize presupposition vs. obligatory implicatures in Ga(Kwa)”

On March 8th, 14:45 – 15:15, Thomas Weskott and Anke Holler from project “ProComPrag” will give a talk together with Stefanie Rößler on “N1-accessibility as a matter of compound processing” at the workshop AG 7 on “Wen wurmt der Ohrwurm? – An interdisciplinary, cross-lingual perspective on the role of constituents in multi-word expressions” (B 4.1, Raum 0.24)

On March 9th, 09:00 – 10:00, Marlijn Meijer from project “YesNo” will give a talk with the title “How believing so is different from believing it” at the workshop AG 10 on “Polysemy and coercion of clause-embedding predicates” (B 4.1, Room 0.07)

On March 9th, 10:00 – 10:30, Stavros Skopeteas form project “FoTeRo” will talk on “Clitic placement and implications for the syntax-prosody mapping” at the workshop AG 6 on “Prosody in syntactic encoding” (B 4.1, Raum 0.25)

Call for submission to the workshop “Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective”

Immediately before the XPRAG 2017 conference in Cologne, a workshop on “Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective” will be held at Bochum University (about one-hour travelling distance from Cologne by local train) organized by Junior Fellow Maria Spychalska and Markus Wernig. The workshop will take place June 19-20th 2017. Submission deadline is March 31st! More details and the call for papers can be found here!