Workshop “Trends in Experimental Pragmatics-TiXPrag1”

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Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin) & Petra Schumacher (U Köln)
18 – 20 January 2016

Venue: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) Berlin, Trajekte-Raum, 3rd floor, (→Map)

Invited speakers:
Richard Breheny (UC London), Bart Geurts (U Nijmegen), Ira Noveck (CNRS Lyon), Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University)

The field of Experimental Pragmatics was founded by the publication of Noveck & Sperber (2004) who confidently wrote: “this volume lays down the bases for a new field, Experimental Pragmatics, that draws on pragmatics, psycholinguistics and also on the psychology of reasoning.” The bold prediction has proven remarkable accurate: Experimental Pragmatics has since successfully established itself as an independent field of research, providing a new perspective on age-old pragmatic problems and inspiring new lines of inquiry. In addition to the fields Noveck & Sperber above mentioned, also semantics, neuroscience and philosophy have contributed to Experimental Pragmatics, but also been influenced by it. A dozen years later, this workshop aims to stake out new directions for Experimental Pragmatics. We seek contributions that strive to integrate existing accomplishments in experimental pragmatics, new methods of experimentation, and developments in related fields to raise or advance new big issues suitable for exploration from the perspective of Experimental Pragmatics.
The workshop will serve as think tank for future directions within In addition to keynote presentations, there will be a panel discussion on future developments within Experimental Pragmatics.

Please find the contributions’ extended abstracts in the pre-proceedings (pdf)!

Monday, January 18th 2016

Time Event
9:15 – 9:30 WELCOME
9:30 – 10:40 “Accounting for children’s scalar implicature failures and successes: an examination of the lexical alternatives hypothesis”
Invited talk by Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University)
10:40 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 11:40 “Do children adjust their event descriptions to the needs of their addressees?”
Myrto Grigoroglou and Anna Papafragou
11:40 – 12:20 “Is children’s referential informativity driven by their visual scanning behaviour?”
Catherine Davies and Helene Kreysa
12:20 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 14:40 “Using corpus methods can begin to address how children acquire presupposition triggers”
Rachel Dudley, Meredith Rowe, Valentine Hacquard and Jeffrey Lidz
14:40 – 15:20 “Some pieces are missing: scalar implicatures in children”
Sarah Eiteljörge, Nausicaa Pouscoulous and Elena Lieven
15:20 – 15:40 COFFEE BREAK
15:40 – 16:20 “Cooperation and Exhaustification”
Giulio Dulcinati and Nausicaa Pouscoulous
16:20 – 17:30 “Let’s have a conversation about common ground”
Invited talk by Richard Breheny (UC London)

Tuesday, January 19th 2016

Time Event
9:30 – 10:40 “On investigating intention in experimental pragmatics”
Invited talk by Ira Noveck (CNRS Lyon)
10:40 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 11:40 “The time course of verbal irony comprehension and context integration”
Rachel Adler, Jared Novick and Yi Ting Huang
11:40 – 12:20 “Off-record indirectness: In theory and in practice”
Jessica Soltys and Napoleon Katsos
12:20 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 16:00 Poster session with coffee in Room 403!
  • “The cognitive foundations of pragmatic development”
    Kyriakos Antoniou and Napoleon Katsos
  • “Some is not all, sometimes”
    Francesca Foppolo, Marco Marelli and Stefania Donatiello
  • “For which pragmatic phenomena is Theory of Mind necessary?: Taking a different perspective”
    Napoleon Katsos and Clara Andrés-Roqueta
  • “Language processing in shared task settings: How a partner influences spoken word production”
    Anna Katharina Kuhlen and Rasha Abdel Rahman
  • “The effect of context on generic and quantificational statements”
    Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Napoleon Katsos and Linnaea Stockall
  • “You surely know what I mean.”
    Francesca Panzeri and Francesca Foppolo
  • “What exactly do you mean? ERP evidence on the impact of explicit cueing on language comprehension”
    Stefanie Regel and Thomas C. Gunter
  • “What Would a Compositional Hearer Do? – Controlling for Prior Expectations in Visual World Timecourse Studies”
    Chao Sun and Richard Breheny
  • “Homogeneity and Enrichability affect scalar processing.”
    Tian Ye, Chao Sun and Richard Breheny
  • “Identifying the processing profile of pragmatic inferences”
    Bob van Tiel
  • “Obligatory and optional focus association in sentence processing”
    Barbara Tomaszewicz and Roumyana Pancheva
  • “Are False Implicatures Lies? An Experimental Investigation reject?”
    Benjamin Weissman and Marina Terkourafi
  • “In a manner of speaking: an empirical investigation of Manner Implicatures”
    Elspeth Wilson and Napoleon Katsos
16:00 – 18:00 Panel discussion: “The Future of Experimental Pragmatics”
Petra Schumacher (Moderator)
Richard Breheny, Bart Geurts, Ira Noveck, Uli Sauerland, Jesse Snedeker
19:00 Dinner at Brauhaus Georgbräu

Wednesday, January 20th 2016

Time Event
9:30 – 10:40 “How to catch a ball, refer to a cup, or read a mind”
Invited talk by Bart Geurts (U Nijmegen)
10:40 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 11:40 “Task types, link functions & probabilistic modeling in experimental pragmatics”
Michael Franke
11:40 – 12:20 “Pragmatic Inference In Infancy”
Olivier Mascaro and Dan Sperber
12:20 End of the workshop, see related workshop starting in the afternoon!
Alternates for talks
  • “The cognitive foundations of pragmatic development”
    Kyriakos Antoniou and Napoleon Katsos
  • “What Would a Compositional Hearer Do? – Controlling for Prior Expectations in Visual World Timecourse Studies”
    Chao Sun and Richard Breheny