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Internships in our projects available

XPrag.de offers an Internship program for international doctoral students and early postdocs (up to three years past the Ph.D.) to join an XPrag.de project for periods of up to three months. This year’s application deadline is September 1st, 2019!

Applicants must choose and contact a suitable host for the time of the internship in advance. Any PI of a current XPrag.de project in Germany is eligible to act as supervisor. Beyond meeting with the supervisor on a regular basis successful candidates will be offered additional support in the form of adequate workspace and access to equipment as well as funding for experiments. XPrag.de will fund the travel of the intern to and from Germany up to 1500€ and a stipend of monthly 1000€.

For more information about XPrag.de, an overview of participating projects and contact data of principal investigators visit: http://www.xprag.de/?page_id=631

Requirements:

Please submit a 2-page (maximum) personal statement including an outline of your ideas together with a working plan for the internship. Additionally, please provide your CV, sample writings, and two letters: one letter of commitment of the potential hosting institution in which the host commits to provide adequate workspace. In a second letter the potential supervisor needs to affirm that s/he will act as supervisor and hold at least weekly meetings with the intern and that s/he will provide access to equipment and funding for experiments.

All application documents must be submitted as a single pdf to xprag.de-Irgend ein Text-@leibniz-zas.de. The application deadline is September 1st, 2019 and applicants will be notified by September 30th, 2019.

Applications are evaluated and ranked by the steering committee of XPrag.de with respect to the following criteria: scientific quality, thematic matching of the proposal to the host project as well as diversity matters.

Program published. Workshop on “Asymmetries in Language: Presuppositions and beyond” to be held at ZAS Berlin, July 1st -3rd, 2019.

The program of the workshop “Asymmetries in Language: Presuppositions and beyond” to be held at ZAS Berlin, July 1st-3rd 2019, is online now. The workshop is organized by Matthew Mandelkern (University of Oxford), Jacopo Romoli (Ulster University), Uli Sauerland (ZAS) and Florian Schwarz (UPenn). Registration is required by June 23rd. Details can be found here.

Program Published: XPRAG Conference 2019 in Edinburgh. Register today!

We are pleased to announce the schedule for XPRAG 2019, the 8th Biennial Experimental Pragmatics conference, taking place from 19-21 June at the University of Edinburgh: http://www.xprag2019.ppls.ed.ac.uk/Schedule.html

Registration is now open via: http://www.xprag2019.ppls.ed.ac.uk/Registration.html

Early registration (and dinner registration) ends on 17 May.

XPRAG brings together researchers from linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and related fields who work on pragmatic phenomena using experimental methods. The conference will be preceded by a workshop on Interaction and the Evolution of Linguistic Complexity (18 June 2019): http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/cle/index.php/ielc2019/

Invited Speakers:

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

Program published. Workshop on “Exhaustivity in Questions and Answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches” to be held in Tübingen, June 13-14, 2019

The program of the workshop “Exhaustivity in Questions and Answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches” to be held at the University of Tübingen, June 13th-14th 2019, is online now. 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). Registration is required by May 15th. Details can be found here.

Program published. Workshop on “The semantics and pragmatics of gradable adjectives” to be held in Cologne, May 23-34, 2019.

The program of the workshop “The semantics and pragmatics of gradable adjectives: Integrating perspectives from linguistic theory, psycholinguistics and modeling (XPrag-ADJ19)” to be held at the University of Cologne, May 23rd-24th 2019, is online now. The workshop is organized by Anton Benz (Leibniz-ZAS Berlin), Nicole Gotzner (Leibniz-ZAS Berlin), Petra Schumacher (Cologne), Stephanie Solt (Leibniz-ZAS Berlin) and Barbara Tomaszewicz-Özakın (Cologne). Details can be found here.

XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Napoleon Katsos has co-edited the “The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics”

We are very pleased to announce that XPrag.de Mercator Fellow Napoleon Katsos, together with Chris Cummins (University of Edinburgh), has edited “The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics”.

This is the first handbook in the field, and together with Ira Noveck’s book there is now both a monograph and a collection of in-depth chapters on experimental pragmatics (and semantics) – with many contributions of XPrag.de members!

Click to see the table of contents and other details!

XPrag.de at CUNY 2019

There is an impressive number of contributions by XPrag.de members at The 32nd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing: seven posters and one talk!

CUNY will take place Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31, 2019 at The University of Colorado Boulder.

On Friday, March 29th at 2:15 Judith Degen (project Pro^3, Stanford) will give a talk together with Michael Hahn and Richard Futrell on “Crosslinguistic word orders enable an efficient tradeoff of memory and surprisal”. In the afternoon, three posters by XPrag.de members will be presented:

  • A23 “If you don’t have anything nice (or interesting) to say, don’t say anything at all” (Hannah Rohde and Michael Franke, project Pro^3 in Osnabrück)
  • A25 “Processing referential expressions in German Sign Language: The effect of overt localization” (Anne Wienholz, Derya Nuhbalaoglu, Markus Steinbach, Annika Herrmann and Nivedita Mani, all former project SignRef in Göttingen)
  • A43 “The approximate number sense bootstraps scalar implicature of comparatively modified numerals in impoverished contexts” (Christoph Hesse, project SiGames at ZAS Berlin)

On Saturday, March 30th at the morning session at 8:15, further three posters will be presented by XPrag.de members:

  • B53 “Anti-locality effects without verb-final dependencies” (Juliane Schwab, Ming Xiang and Mingya Liu, project SPOCC in Osnabrück)
  • B57 “World knowledge and the interpretation of relative and absolute adjectives” (Barbara Tomaszewicz and Petra B. Schumacher, both project InfoPer2 in Cologne)
  • B73 “Self-awareness matters: co-reference in German attitude clauses” (XPrag.de intern Alexander Göbel and Petra B. Schumacher, project InfoPer2 in Cologne

At the session in the afternoon at 2:55, Nadine Bade (project ObTrEx in Tübingen) will present a poster together with Florian Schwarz (U Penn) on “C39 (In-)definites, (anti-)uniqueness, and uniqueness expectations”