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)

Deadline extended to March 15th! Submit 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 15th 2019. More details and the call for papers can be found here!

Registration open now! DGfS summer school on Experimental Pragmatics in Berlin

Registration for the DGfS Summer School 2019 on “Experimental Pragmatics: Theory, Methods, Interfaces”, to be held in Berlin, August 5th -16th, 2019 is now open!

Early Bird registration ends on March 31st, 2019. Regular registration closes on July 1st, 2019. Be aware that course space is limited. Registering early increases your chances of ensuring spots in desired courses.

To register, use the form on the registration page! at ConSOLE in Berlin, 21-23.02.2019

There will be two contributions by members at the next and 27th edition of Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE), a conference for young researchers, hosted by the Leibniz-Preis Research Unit for (Experimental) Syntax and Heritage Languages (RUESHeL) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on February 21st to 23rd 2019.

Claudia Felser, principal investigator of former project L2PronRes, is invited speaker. On 21.02.2019 at 4pm, she will give a talk on “The timing of structure-sensitive constraints during native and non-native sentence comprehension”. A further contribution will be a poster by Emese Bodnár (project FoTeRo, Göttingen) on “Thematic role disambiguation in Hungarian”, which will be presented at the poster session on 22.02.2019.

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 member Susanne Fuchs from project PSIMS in Postdam

On Tuesday, January 8th, 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)

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 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!

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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:

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)

XPRAG 2019 is organised by Chris Cummins and Hannah Rohde. Please email any questions to