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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!

Call for submissions to the workshop “The meaning of numerals: cognitive, experimental, and semantic perspectives”, March 27-28, 2019 at ZAS Berlin

On March 27-28th, 2019 the workshop “The meaning of numerals: cognitive, experimental, and semantic perspectives” will take place at ZAS Berlin. The workshop is organized by Anton Benz (SiGames, ZAS), Christoph Hesse (SiGames/BAPAGiD, ZAS), Stephanie Solt (ZAS) and Paul Egre (CNRS, Paris). Deadline for submissions is January 7th, 2019. More details and the call for papers can be found here!

XPrag.de interns 2019

We are happy to announce that the Steering Board of XPrag.de has selected five outstanding early career researchers to visit an XPrag.de project in 2019.

  • Laine Stranahan, a post-doc at Harvard University, will join the project Pro3 in Osnabrück from January 8th to April 7th, 2019. Her research will be on “Modeling Listeners’ Online Adaptation as Bayesian Rational Belief Update”.
  • Amir Anvari, who is a PhD student at Jean Nicod Paris, will join the project PSIMS at ZAS Berlin from April to May 2019. He will work on the empirical and theoretical aspects of gesture semantics.
  • Sherry Yong Chen, a PhD Student at MIT, will join the project MUQTASP at ZAS Berlin from June 24th to August 31st, 2019. Sherry plans to investigate how Question Uner Discussion affects the interpretation of scopally ambiguous sentences.
  • Camelia Bleotu, who is a post-doc at the University of Bucharest, will join the project SiGames at ZAS Berlin from July to September 2019. During her internship she will investigate the acquisition of epistemic modal adverbs from a game-theoretic perspective.
  • Chiawei Wang, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, will join the project InfoPer2 in Cologne from May 13th to August 4th, 2019. He plans to run a study on the German modal particle denn (then).

XPrag.de at the GGS 2018 in Potsdam

There will be two contributions by XPrag.de members at the 44th Generative Grammatik des Südens (GGS) 2018 conference to be held at Potsdam University, October 4th to 5th.

On October 4th, at 11:45am, Lea Fricke, Carla Bombi, Malte Zimmermann and Edgar Onea (all project “ExQ”) will give a talk on Exhaustivity in German embedded questions: Experimental evidence. In the afternoon, at 2:15 pm, XPrag.de coordinator Uli Sauerland will give a talk with the title The Thought Uniqueness Hypothesis.

XPrag.de intern Anne Therese Frederiksen started this week

Anne Therese FrederiksenThis week, XPrag.de intern Anne Therese Frederiksen started her internship supervised by Markus Steinbach, one of the Principal Investigators of the XPrag.de project “SignRef at Göttingen University. She has joined the group for the next three months. Anne Therese’s dissertation focuses on ‘Structural and Pragmatic influences in American Sign Language Pronoun Production and Resolution’. For her internship, she will be looking at how different factors influence pronouns in German Sign Language, DGS, compared to American Sign Language, ASL.

XPrag.de at the workshop “Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics” in Bochum

There will be many presentations by XPrag.de members at the workshop on Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics, to be held at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, September 26th-28th, 2018.

On September 26th, at 11:10 a.m., Markus Werning from project BayesPrag@EEG will talk on Contextual modulation of telic and agentive components in the lexicon of nouns, followed by Sebastian Schuster and Judith Degen (project Pro^3), who will talk on Listener adaptation to variable use of uncertainty expressions. At 12:50 p.m. Michael Franke (also from project Pro^3) will talk on Rational predictive pragmatic processing. At 15:10 p.m. Anton Benz (project SiGames) will give a talk with the title Producing implicature of complex sentences, followed by Maria Spychalska (project ImplPer), who will talk on Temporal order, short-term memory and the processing of conjunctive sentences. At 16:50 p.m., Nicole Gotzner will talk on The role of prosody in pragmatic processing.

On September 27th, at 15:10 p.m. Christoph Hesse (SiGames) will talk on Giving the wrong impression, followed by Maria Spychalska, Viviana Haase, J. Kontinen, and Markus Werning, who will talk on Negation, prediction and truth-value judgments.