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August 25, 2010

Call for Papers -- NPI's


Beyond 'Ever' and 'Any': Challenging Theories of NPI Licensing

University of Goettingen
January 14 and 15, 2011

Workshop website: http://www.negative-polarity-items.uni-goettingen.de/wiki/index.php/BeyondAny

Invited speakers:

Jon Gajewski
Jack Hoeksema
Utpal Lahiri
Bob Levine

Meeting description

Is polarity sensitivity a syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic phenomenon? Licensing theories in all three fields have reached a high level of sophistication. However, theories in the three fields compete rather than converge, which we take to indicate that the phenomenon has not as yet
been fully understood. In this workshop, we propose to focus on under-researched NPIs, under-researched licensing contexts, and to challenge theories by empirical methods from corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics. The list of open issues includes, but is not limited to, the following:

- Polarity items in non-assertive speech acts
- Polarity items with idiosyncratic licensing patterns
- Parasitic licensing
- Intervention effects
- NPIs in pycholinguistics and corpus linguistics
- Historical rise and fall of NPIs
- Patterns of use versus licensing conditions
- Verbal NPIs
- Comparison of approaches

Abstract submissions

We invite papers for 30 min. talks (plus 15 min. discussion) that pertain to one or more of these questions, or offer other new insights in the phenomenon of polarity sensitivity. Abstracts should be anonymous and at most 2 pages in length. Please send your abstracts electronically in pdf- or doc-format to


and include your name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the body of the email. Submissions will be reviewed by two reviewers.

Important dates

Deadline for submission: September 15, 2010

Notification: October 18, 2010

Workshop: January 14-15, 2011

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August 16, 2010

Call for Papers DGfS

What is a Context? Theoretical & Experimental Evidence

Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Göttingen, Germany, February 23-25, 2011. (http://dgfs2011.uni-goettingen.de/index_en.html)

Jörg Meibauer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Petra Schumacher, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Keynote speakers:
Robyn Carston (University College London)
Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt (University of Cambridge)

Call deadline: August 31, 2010

Final Call For Papers

Most linguists will agree that 'context' is a fundamental notion for linguistic analysis and theory. But when it comes to pinpoint what exactly a context is, most researchers act reluctantly, i.e. they parameterize their notion according to their empirical or theoretical aims. For example, Bach (2005: 21), in a paper devoted to an attack on so-called contextualists, explains: 'What is loosely called 'context' is the conversational setting broadly construed. It is the mutual cognitive context, or salient common ground. It includes the current state of the conversation (what has just been said, what has just been referred to, etc.), the physical setting (if the conversants are face to face), salient mutual knowledge between the conversants, and relevant broader common knowledge'. However, such definitions cannot substitute a comprehensive theory of context. The very fact that in recent discussions on the semantics-pragmatics interface, rivaling camps such as 'minimalists' versus 'contextualists' entertain quite different notions of
context and context-dependent meaning, shows that there is a need for in-depth discussion of the notion(s) and theories dealing with context. Even in recent psycho- and neurolinguistic research that is devoted to the semantics-pragmatics interface and pragmatic enrichment, it becomes increasingly clear that aspects of contextual knowledge that should be controlled are in fact not always under control, this possibly having to do with the 'emergent' character of context.

Our workshop aims at bringing together all linguists interested in context research, be it from the perspective of the semantics-pragmatics interface in general, from the conversationalist perspective, from computational linguistics, or from psycho- and neurolinguistics. In particular, we invite contributions that focus on specific aspects of contextual information and that are geared towards choosing between distinct notions of context.

Abstract submission

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minutes presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and confined to one page (including examples and references) with 1-inch margins and a font no smaller than 11 point.

Please send a pdf-file to petra.schumacher(at)uni-mainz.de. The subject of the message should specify 'DGfS Abstract', and the body of the message should include author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact information (including email address), and the title of the abstract.

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