News 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)

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.