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LE 2016 : Linguistic Evidence 2016


When Feb 18, 2016 - Feb 20, 2016
Where Tübingen
Submission Deadline Oct 12, 2015
Categories    computational linguistics   syntax, semantics   psycholingusitics   general linguistics

Call For Papers

Linguistic Evidence 2016

Last Call for Papers – deadline extended

The call for papers submission deadline has been extended to Monday 12 October, 12 a.m.

Call Deadline: 12-Oct-2015

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts from all fields of linguistics which either:

a. Apply data from linguistic corpora, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic experimentation, language acquisition, language pathology, fieldwork, historical texts or other sources to linguistic issues
b. Make use of quantifiable or replicable evidence to produce novel analyses or perspectives on questions of the representation, processing, or acquisition of linguistic systems
c. Offer insights into promising new methods of data collection, processing, and analysis which may be of interest to researchers in language.

We therefore particularly call for papers addressing these issues. The ideal paper will have both a data and a theoretical dimension.

Special session: Semantics and pragmatics interface phenomena - theory building and testing
The distinction between semantic and pragmatic components of meaning and the identification of their respective contributions towards sentence-level interpretation is a very active field of study in current linguistics. As our understanding has advanced, it has become apparent that the two processes of meaning determination are linked in more complex ways than had been imagined, so that more sophisticated data is required in order to make advances. There is accordingly e.g. a lot of experimental research in this domain.
One example of such semantics/pragmatics interface phenomena would be presuppositions and implicatures which are traditionally classified as semantic versus pragmatic, respectively. However, recent research challenges this traditional view, suggesting that boundaries are not as clear cut and that certain presuppositions might also be pragmatic (Simons, 2001; Abusch, 2010; Schlenker, 2008, 2009;Abrusan, 2011), whereas (scalar) implicatures might come about by inserting a semantic operator (Chierchia 2004, Chierchia, Fox & Spector 2011). Other phenomena of interest include speech acts and speech act level operators, variables and contextual variable assignments or restrictions, and indexicality.
For this special session we invite contributions which address questions relating to such semantic and pragmatic interface phenomena using empirical methods. The ideal paper will relate empirical results back to linguistic theory and include an analysis that impacts our understanding of the semantics/pragmatics interface.

Invited Speakers

Harald R. Baayen (University of Tübingen)

Mante Nieuwland (University of Edinburgh)

Christiane von Stutterheim (University of Heidelberg)

Tessa Warren (University of Pittsburgh)

Submission Details:

We invite abstracts for 30+15 minute talks and also for poster presentations. Unless you specify otherwise in your abstract, we shall consider all submissions first as talks and then as posters. We will not normally accept more than two abstracts per person, and of these only one may be single-authored.

Abstracts should be no more than 3 pages long (without pagination!) including data, graphics and references. They should have a 2.5cm margin on all sides, and should be written in 11 point Arial font.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 12 October 2015

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Review Committee

Antti Arppe, University of Alberta
Markus Bader, Goethe University Frankfurt
Tilman Berger, University of Tübingen
Rui P. Chaves, University at Buffalo
Berry Claus, Humboldt University Berlin
Chuck Clifton, University of Massachusetts
Amy Rose Deal, UC Berkeley
Dagmar Divjak, University of Sheffield
Cornelia Ebert, University of Stuttgart
Gisbert Fanselow, University of Potsdam
Ángel J. Gallego, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Alan Garnham, University of Sussex
Anja Gattnar, University of Tübingen
Susanne Genzel, University of Potsdam
Remus Gergel, University of Graz
Patrick Grosz, University of Tübingen
Hubert Haider, University of Salzburg
Robin Hörnig, University of Tübingen
Gerhard Jäger, University of Tübingen
Kyle Johnson, University of Massachusetts
Ingo Hertrich, University of Tübingen
Elsi Kaiser, University of Southern California
Kordula de Kuthy, University of Tübingen
Claudia Maienborn, University of Tübingen
Roland Meyer, Humboldt University Berlin
Petar Milin, University of Tübingen
John Nerbonne, University of Groningen
Karel Oliva, Czech Academy of Sciences
Janina Radó, University of Tübingen
Ingo Reich, Saarland University
Sophie Repp, Humboldt University Berlin
Michael Rochemont, University of British Columbia
Johan Rooryck, Leiden University
Roland Schäfer, FU Berlin
Florian Schwarz, University of Pennsylvania
Torgrim Solstad, Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin
Shari Speer, Ohio State University
Augustin Speyer, Saarland University
Balazs Suranyi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Thomas Weskott, University of Göttingen
Esme Winter-Froemel, University of Trier

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