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CONF: Semantics & Pragmatics at ICL Geneva 2013: Call for Abstracts

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  • Barbara Partee
    Semantics & Pragmatics at ICL July 22-27, 2013 Geneva, Switzerland http://semantics-online.org/icl-sp-cfp.html Next summer, during the 19th International
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      Semantics & Pragmatics at ICL
      July 22-27, 2013
      Geneva, Switzerland

      Next summer, during the 19th International Congress of Linguists (ICL),
      will take place July 22-27, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, there will be an
      extensive session on formal semantics & pragmatics.

      We seek original research papers developing new approaches to formal
      and formal pragmatics: experimental and corpus methods, field methods,
      cross-linguistic comparison, and innovative formal frameworks. We
      encourage submissions that develop dynamic and modal techniques beyond their
      traditional domain, especially as related to the cluster of six subtopics
      listed below.

      URL for submissions (through the ICL website):
      Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2012.
      Specifications: 500 words (including examples but excluding title and
      Decisions will be communicated in October 2012.

      We look forward to an exciting meeting, one that will be enhanced by the
      presence at the ICL of two keynote speakers whose research exemplifies the
      of work we seek: Angelika Kratzer and Philippe Schlenker. The multi-day
      on semantics & pragmatics will feature half hour presentations (20 minute
      + 10 minute discussion) and is organized by the founding editors of the
      "Semantics & Pragmatics", David Beaver and Kai von Fintel.

      1. Domain Restriction

      Natural language quantifiers are subject to contextual domain restriction.
      Issues include whether the restriction occurs via covert material in logical
      form or via some parameter of evaluation, the precise location of the
      restriction (on a nominal, on a quantificational operator), and the
      question of
      whether domain restriction of modals and quantifiers and possibly other
      constructions should be seen as special cases of the same general

      2. Evidentiality, modality, conditionals

      The semantics of modals and conditionals have long been subjects of
      controversy, but until relatively recently the related intensional
      of evidentiality (the grammatical marking of source or strength of evidence
      a proposition) was largely overlooked by semanticists. We are interested in
      work that develops our understanding of any of these three types of
      construction, or that explores the similarities and differences between

      3. Questions and alternatives

      While the semantics of questions, and the pragmatic relationship between
      questions and answers, has been an ongoing area of study for forty years,
      has been a strong renewal of interest in recent years. This interest centers
      around three related areas: (i) the relationship between questions and focus
      marking, (ii) models of discourse structure in terms of strategies for
      answering questions, and (iii) the advent of the framework of Inquisitive
      Semantics, which extends ideas developed in the context of question
      to a wider range of constructions. We seek proposals that develop question
      semantics in any of these directions.

      4. Desiderative constructions

      Maintaining our general theme of extending dynamic and modal techniques
      their traditional domain, we are seeking work that sheds light on a wider
      of constructions, and a wider range of speech-act types, than had been
      in a traditional, classical semantics. One important sub-area is
      constructions, broadly speaking those constructions that express desire, and
      which we take to include imperatives, optatives, and desiderative attitudes
      such as "want".

      5. Formal approaches to politeness

      We understand "politeness" in Brown and Levinson's sense as including not
      traditional honorific marking, but also the more general issue of how
      linguistic form reflects the pragmatics of social relationships. A classic
      example, connecting with Topic 4, is the many forms of expression (direct or
      indirect) of the expression of commands and requests. Politeness issues have
      also come to the fore both because they appear to demand a dynamic,
      view of communication, and because explicit marking of politeness often
      involves information that is conventionalized and yet apparently
      non-truth-conditional, hence posing a problem for traditional semantic

      6. Presupposition and Conventional Implicature

      Presupposition and Conventional Implicature are among the drivers of work
      pushes away from a classical conception of meaning. Of particular note is
      tendency of both Presuppositions and Conventional Implicatures to exhibit
      "projection", which occurs when an inference associated with a construction
      survives even after the construction is embedded within a larger
      that would tend to block inferences associated with ordinary
      content. A simple example, (cf. Topic 5) is the way that deference
      exhibited by
      a use of a polite form in a clause is maintained even when that clause is
      embedded under negation. We seek papers that explore the question of how
      projective inferences should be explained, what causes projection in the
      place, and what the similarities and differences are between different
      constructions that manifest such behavior.

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