Events

Call for submissions to “Modal Inferences”, June 3-5, 2020 at the University of Enna “Kore” in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

On June 3rd-5th, 2020 the workshop “Modal Inferences” will take place at the University of Enna Kore, in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy. The workshop is organized by Ilaria Frana (University of Enna), Marie-Christine Meyer (ZAS Berlin), Salvatore Pistoia-Reda (ZAS Berlin/Siena), Jacopo Romoli (Ulster University), and Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin). The goal of the workshop is to bring together theoretical and experimental researchers in Linguistics, Psychology and Philosophy, working on deepening our understanding of modal inferences (e.g. inferences about the epistemic state of the speaker or the addressee) and how they arise in natural languages. We welcome submissions articulating empirical and theoretical issues on topics including but not limited to ignorance inferences arising from disjunctions, modified numerals and related constructions, speaker/hearer’s epistemic biases in polar questions, epistemic inferences arising from the future tense, evidentials, indefinites, discourse particles, miratives, and predicates of personal taste. Deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2020. More details and the call for papers can be found here.

Program published. Workshop “Contrasting Underspecification and Overspecification of Discourse relations” to be held at ZAS Berlin, September 25-26, 2019

The program of the workshop “Contrasting Underspecification and Overspecification of Discourse relations” to be held at ZAS Berlin, September 25-26, 2019, is online now. The workshop is organized by Anton Benz (SiGames, ZAS), Oliver Bott (CiC, Tübingen), Mingya Liu (SPOCC, Osnabrück) and Torgrim Solstad (ZAS Berlin). Registration is required by September 23rd. Details can be found here.

XPrag.de at Sinn und Bedeutung 24 in Osnabrück

Not only does the organizering team include Michael Franke and Mingya Liu, but there are also many contributions by other XPrag.de members at Sinn und Bedeutung 24 (SuB 24) to be held at the University of Osnabrück on September 4-7, 2019.

On September 4, at 11:00 p.m. XPrag.de associate Stephanie Solt (ZAS Berlin) will give a talk together with Andrea Beltrama and Heather Burnett (both Paris 7) on “The Effect of Precision and Context on Social Perception”. At 2:30 p.m. Malte Zimmermann, principal investigator of project EXQ in Potsdam will give a talk together with Mareike Philipp (Potsdam) on “Empirical Investigations on Quantifier Scope Ambiguities in German”. At 3:45 p.m. Alexander Wimmer from project ObTrEx in Tübingen will talk on “Counterfactual wishing as multiple agreement”. At 4:30 p.m. Cornelia Ebert, one of the principal investigators of project PSIMS will give a talk together with Christian Ebert and Robin Hörnig on “Demonstratives as Dimension Shifters”.

On September 5, at 11:45 p.m. there will be a talk by A. Marlijn Meijer and Sophie Repp form project YesNo2 in Cologne together with Cornelia Loos and former XPrag.de member Markus Steinbach (Göttingen) on “Affirming and rejecting negative assertions in German Sign Language (DGS)”. At 4:30 p.m. XPrag.de associates Chao Sun (HU Berlin) and Richard Breheny (UCL) will give a talk together with Daniel Rothschild on “Exploring the existential/universal ambiguity in singular donkey sentences”.

On September 6, at 3:45 p.m. There will be another talk by XPrag.de associate Stephanie Solt together with Carla Umbach (ZAS Berlin) on “Scalar comparison via eher“. At 5:20 p.m. Judith Degen , principal investigators of project Pro3 will give a key note talk on “Overinformativeness? Rationally redundant reference”.

On September 7, at 3:30 p.m. Markus Werning, principal investigator of project BayesPrag@EEG in Bochum will give a keynote talk on “The Interaction of Bayesian Pragmatics and Lexical Semantics in Online Sentence Meaning Composition”.

In addition, there will be two poster presentations with XPrag.de members involved. Malte Zimmermann will present a poster together with Dario Paape on “Conditionals on crutches: Expanding the modal horizon” and Nicole Gotzner form project SiGames (ZAS Berlin) will present a poster together with Kim A. Jördens and Katharina Spalek (HU Berlin) with the title “The composition of focus alternative sets: Can carpets be an alternative to figs?”.

The world’s first summer school on experimental pragmatics was a great success

170 participants and 25 outstanding experts as lecturers made the world’s first summer school on experimental pragmatics a great success. The DGfS Summer School 2019 „Experimental Pragmatics: Theory, Methods, Interfaces“ was organized by the DFG priority program 1727 „XPrag.de“ and hosted by ZAS Berlin. The program was intense: It featured 20 courses covering a wide spectrum of topics in the relatively new field of Experimental Pragmatics, alongside inspiring evening lectures and a Science Speed Geeking event. Of course, the school also included a rich variety of social and group activities, such as a visit to the museum of natural sciences, a city walk, a beach volleyball tournament, and a glamourous farewell party.

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 at the 41st Annual Meeting of the DGfS in Bremen

There will be serveral contributions by XPrag.de 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)