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Submit to the workshop “Reasoning, Argumentation and Logic in Natural Language” in Bochum, April 3–5, 2019

On April 3-5, 2019 a workshop on “Reasoning, Argumentation and Logic in Natural Language: Experiments and Models” will take place at Bochum University. The workshop is organized by Markus Werning (BayesPrag@EEG, U Bochum), Matthias Unterhuber (BayesPrag@EEG, U Bochum), Maria Spychalska (ImpliPer, U Cologne), and Eugen Fischer (U East Anglia). Submission deadline is February, 20th 2019. More details and the call for paper can be found here!

Call for submissions to the workshop “The semantics and pragmatics of gradable adjectives: Integrating perspectives from linguistic theory, psycholinguistics and modeling”, May 23-24, 2019 in Cologne

On May 23-24th, 2019 the workshop “The semantics and pragmatics of gradable adjectives: Integrating perspectives from linguistic theory, psycholinguistics and modeling” will take place at the University of Cologne. The workshop is organized by Nicole Gotzner (SiGames, ZAS), Stephanie Solt (ZAS), Anton Benz (SiGames, ZAS), Barbara Tomaszewicz-Özakın (InfoPer2, Cologne) and Petra Schumacher (InfoPer2, Cologne). Deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2019. More details and the call for papers can be found here!

Talk by XPrag.de member Susanne Fuchs from project PSIMS in Postdam

On Tuesday, January 8th, XPrag.de member Susanne Fuchs from project PSIMS will give a talk on “Changes and challenges in explaining speech variation: A brief review”, at the University of Potsdam.

Time/Place: 14:15-15:45, Besprechungsraum (Golm 14.2.15/16)

Abstract:
In this brief overview I review how our understanding of speech variation has changed over the last decades. I argue that depending on the motivation of the scientific investigations and the theoretical points of view, variation has been discussed with respect to biological, social and communicative factors as well as with respect to the nonlinearities between acoustics, articulation, and perception. Since all of these factors can potentially interact with each other, the core challenges now are to explain the underlying mechanisms, to use appropriate methodologies for the analyses, and to understand how far the underlying mechanisms can be generalized to other speakers or communicative events. I conclude that speech variation is not an obstacle, but rather a rich source that allows us to examine the many facets of language.

Join the world’s first summer school on Experimental Pragmatics

We’re so pleased to announce that XPrag.de is hosting the 2019 edition of the DGfS summer school on the subject of Experimental Pragmatics: Theory, Methods, Interfaces. International leading experts in the field provide 20 two-week courses and three evening lectures. The school will take place in Berlin from August 5th to August 16th, 2019. It is suitable for advanced students at the Bachelor, Master or PhD level. You can even earn ECTS credits!

Check out the exciting program at https://summerschool.xprag.de and don’t forget to subscribe to our news!

Submit to the XPRAG 2019 conference in Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce the 8th biennial Experimental Pragmatics Conference, XPRAG 2019, which will take place at the University of Edinburgh from 19-21 June 2019. XPRAG brings together researchers from linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and related fields who work on pragmatic phenomena using experimental methods. Previous XPRAG conferences were held in Cambridge (2005), Berlin (2007), Lyon (2009), Barcelona (2011), Utrecht (2013), Chicago (2015) and Cologne (2017).
The conference will be preceded by a workshop on Interaction and the Evolution of Linguistic Complexity (18 June 2019). The CfP for this workshop will be announced separately.

Call for abstracts
We invite interested researchers to submit abstracts for 20-minute talks (+ 10 minutes of discussion), as well as poster presentations, on any topic related to experimental pragmatics. The submission deadline is 1 February 2019, 11:59 pm in the authors’ time zone. Authors will be notified by mid-March. Abstracts must not exceed two pages in PDF format, including examples and references, with 1 inch margins on all sides and 12 point font size. Abstracts must be written in English and should include a clear title but no information revealing the author(s). Submit abstracts via: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=xprag2019

Abstract submission by 1 February 2019

Invited Speakers
• Judith Degen (Stanford University)
• Vera Demberg (Universität des Saarlandes)
• Gerhard Jäger (Universität Tübingen)
• Gina Kuperberg (Tufts University)

Contact
XPRAG 2019 is organised by Chris Cummins and Hannah Rohde. Please email any questions to xprag2019@gmail.com.

2nd call for paper: Linguistic investigations beyond language at ZAS Berlin

On March 11-12th, 2019 the workshop “Linguistic investigations beyond language: gestures, body movement and primate linguistics” will take place at ZAS Berlin. The workshop is organized by Cornelia Ebert (ZAS, project PSIMS), Uli Sauerland (ZAS, project LISI) and Jeremy Kuhn (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS). Deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2018. More details and the call for papers can be found here!

Call for submissions to the workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches”, June 13-14, 2019 at Tübingen University

On June 13-14th, 2019 the workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches” will take place at Tübingen University. The workshop is organized by Nadine Bade (ObTrEx, Tübingen), Carla Bombi (ExQ, Potsdam), Lea Fricke (ExQ, Graz), Edgar Onea (ExQ, Graz) and Malte Zimmermann (ExQ, Potsdam). Deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2019. More details and the call for papers can be found here!

PhD position in Osnabrück available

The XPrag.de project “SPOCC: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Conditional Connectives: cross-linguistic and experimental perspectives” at the University of Osnabrück offers a position for a Ph.D. student to be filled as soon as possible on a fixed-term basis until September 30, 2020 as Research Assistant („Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in”) with an E13 TV-L 65% salary schema. More details can be found here!

XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Ira Noveck has published a new book “Experimental Pragmatics: The Making of A Cognitive Science”

We are very pleased to announce that XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Ira Noveck has published a new book “Experimental Pragmatics: The Making of A Cognitive Science”. According to Ira, the book is designed to introduce Experimental Pragmatics to a wide audience (to anyone curious about pragmatics, i.e. utterance processing, cognition and communication) while also being useful to experts. It’s now been 14 years since Ira’s volume with Dan Sperber kicked off the field of experimental pragmatics as we know it. Much has happened since then, with Ira playing a leading role in these developments. We expect that his new volume will become the bible for the field of experimental pragmatics for many years to come.

Click to see the table of contents and other details!