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:

Registration is now open via:

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):

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

We are very pleased to announce that 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 members!

Click to see the table of contents and other details! at CUNY 2019

There is an impressive number of contributions by 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 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 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” ( 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” at the 41st Annual Meeting of the DGfS in Bremen

There will be serveral contributions by members at the 41st Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held at the University of Bremen from March 6th-8th, 2019.

Sophie Repp (principal investigator of project YesNo, Cologne) organizes together with Johannes Mursell (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) the workshop “AG 4: Encoding varieties of topic and focus: the role of contrast and information status”. Aleksandra Ćwiek, Cornelia Ebert and Susanne Fuchs (all project PSIMS, ZAS Berlin) are the organizers of the workshop “AG 11: Iconicity in Language”. And, Carla Bombi (project ExQ, Universität Potsdam) organizes together with Radek Šimik (HU Berlin) the workshop “AG 12: Sorting out the concepts behind definiteness”.

Mingya Liu (project SPOCC, Osnabrück) is invited speaker of the workshop AG 5: Concessives vs. adversatives: opposing oppositions. She will give a talk on Thursday, March 7th, at 13:45–14:45 on “The siblings in the shadow of if: The semantics and pragmatics of conditional connectives”. At the same time, Stavros Skopeteas (project FoTeRo, Göttingen) will give a talk on “Information-structural domains and the emergence of head-initial VPs in Caucasian Urum” at the workshop AG 7: Language change at the interfaces. On the interaction between syntax, prosody and information structure. Another talk in this timeslot will be given by Aleksandra Ćwiek and Susanne Fuchs (PSIMS, ZAS Berlin) together with Christoph Draxler and Bodo Winter (both University of Munich) and Marcus Perlman (University of Birmingham) on “Comprehension of non-linguistic vocalizations across cultures” at the workshop AG 11: Iconicity in Language.

2nd call for papers: “Asymmetries in Language: Presuppositions and beyond” at ZAS Berlin, July 1st-3rd, 2019

On July 1st-3rd, 2019 the workshop “Asymmetries in Language: Presuppositions and beyond” will take place at ZAS Berlin. The workshop is organized by Matthew Mandelkern (University of Oxford), Jacopo Romoli (Ulster University), Uli Sauerland (ZAS) and Florian Schwarz (UPenn).

Call for submissions:
The goal of our workshop is to bring together researchers working on order effects arising from incremental interpretation, in particular in connection with presupposition projection and related phenomena, such as redundancy effects, epistemic modals, and anaphora, through theoretical, experimental, and/or cross-linguistic perspectives (full workshop description can be found here). We welcome abstracts for 30 minutes talks (20 + 10 discussion) which address issues relevant to the workshop’s theme. Abstracts should be no longer than 2 A4 pages, with a 12 pt font and 2.5 cm/1 inch margins. The abstracts must be anonymous and not identify the authors. Authors may submit at most two abstracts, at most one of which may be single-authored. Please submit via EasyChair by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

Invited Speakers:
– Márta Abrusán (ENS, Paris)
– Sigrid Beck (Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen)
– Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard University, Cambridge)
– Jakub Dotlačil (ILLC Universiteit van Amsterdam)
– Clemens Mayr (Georg-August Universität Göttingen)
– Daniel Rothschild (UCL, London)
– Philippe Schlenker (ENS, Paris),
– Sonja Tiemann (Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen)