Speech Act Theory

Organizer(s) Anton Benz, Hans Martin Gärtner, Bart Geurts & Manfred Krifka
Affiliaton(s) ZAS Berlin, U Nijmegen, NYTUD Budapest
Start of event 11.06.2015, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 13.06.2015, 18.00 o'clock
Venue ZAS, Room 403

The workshop is intended for presentation of ongoing work on speech act theory. The programme will be online about 4-6 weeks in advance of the workshop. We expect talks on the following topics:

  • Embedding of speech acts (sub-sentential level) 
  • Combination of speech acts in discourse/dialogue 
  • Indirect speech acts and implicature 
  • Speech acts and sentence mood 
  • Grammaticalisation of speech acts (typology) 
  • Formal models of speech acts 
  • Experimental investigations in speech act interpretation 

Organisers:

  • Anton Benz (ZAS)
  • Hans Martin Gärtner (NYTUD Budapest)
  • Bart Geurts (U Nijmegen)
  • Manfred Krifka (ZAS & HU Berlin)

Speakers:

  1. Benz, Anton (ZAS Berlin)
  2. Cummins, Chris (U Edinburgh)
  3. Egg, Markus (HU Berlin)
  4. Gaertner, Hans-Martin (NYTUD Budapest), Beata Gyuris (NYTUD Budapest) & Daniel Gutzmann (U Frankfurt)
  5. Gaertner, Hans-Martin (NYTUD Budapest), Marcus Kracht (U Bielefeld) & 
    Jens Michaelis (U Bielefeld)
  6. Geurts, Bart (U Nijmegen)
  7. Kaufmann, Magdalena (U Connecticut)
  8. Kissine, Mikhail (U Brussels)
  9. Krifka, Manfred (ZAS & HU Berlin)
  10. Larsson, Staffan (U Gothenburg)
  11. Lauer, Sven (U Konstanz)
  12. Sauerland, Uli (ZAS Berlin)
  13. Sbisà, Marina (U Trieste)
  14. van Tiel, Bob (U Nijmegen)
  15. Truckenbrodt, Hubert (ZAS Berlin)

Programme

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

10:00 - 10:30
Introductory remarks

10:30 - 11:15
Magdalene Kaufmann (U Connecticut): Talk about embedding

11:15 - 12:00
Sven Lauer (U Konstanz): Speech-act operators vs. extra-compositional conventions of use: What are the issues?

12:00 - 13:30
LUNCH

13:30 - 14:15
Marcus Kracht & Christoph Brandt (U Bielefeld): A Simple Model for Speech Acts

14:15 - 15:00
Anton Benz (ZAS Berlin): Indirect directive speech acts

15:00 - 15:30
BREAK

15:30 - 16:15
Staffan Larsson & Jenny Myrendal (Gothenburg University): Dialogue acts for word meaning negotiation

18:30
Conference Dinner
Restauran Tapas y más, Neue Grünstraße 17, 10179 Berlin

Friday, June 12th, 2015

10:15 - 11:00
Marina Sbisa (U Triest): Force assignment

11:00 - 11:45
Bart Geurts (U Nijmegen): Precedents

11:45 - 12:00
BREAK

12:00 - 12:45
Bob van Tiel (ZAS, Berlin): Automatic inferences about speakers' beliefs

12:45 - 14:15
LUNCH

14:15 - 15:00
Chris Cummins (U Edinburgh): When are speech acts recognised?

15:00 - 15:30
BREAK

15:30 - 16:15
Mikhail Kissine (U Brussels): Are non-modal assertions about the future possible

16:15 - 17:00
Hubert Truckenbrodt & Frank Sode (ZAS & U Göttingen): German root phenomena and the syntax of perspective

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

10:00 - 10:45
Manfred Krifka (ZAS & HU Berlin): Bias in Commitment Space Semantics: Declarative Questions, Negated Questions, and Question Tags 

10:45 - 11:30
Hans-Martin Gärtner (NYTUD Budapest), Daniel Gutzmann (U Köln) & Beáta Gyuris (NYTUD Budapest): Reflective Questions and Indirect Speech Act Failure: Crosslinguistic Variation and Formal Modeling

11:30 - 12:00
BREAK

12:00 - 12:45
Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin): Question-Acts in the Particle Accelerator

12:45 - 13:30
Markus Egg (HU Berlin): Discourse particles in rhetorical questions

13:30 - 13:45
Concluding remarks (organizers)

13:45 END