Theoretical Pragmatics – TPrag 2011

Organizer(s)Katja Jasinskaja
Start of event 13.10.2011, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 15.10.2011, 18.00 o'clock
Venue ZAS

The last decade witnessed a surge of new research in pragmatics and several new theoretical frameworks emerged: different variants of game theoretic and optimality theoretic approaches, non-Gricean approaches to implicatures, and multi-dimensional approaches to meaning.  At the same time, research in other frameworks such as Neo-Gricean pragmatics, speech act-theory, theories of vagueness and presupposition theory has progressed rapidly as well. In many areas, an influx of researchers with training in formal semantics has brought formal precision to pragmatic theories. This has led to new empirical predictions, but also sometimes shifted or blurred the semantics-pragmatics boundary.  After a decade of diversification, it is time to bring the different approaches together and compare their results and methodologies.

It is the aim of this conference to provide a forum for research on theoretical pragmatics. Pragmatics is understood in a wide sense, including not only classical topics like Gricean pragmatics, speech act and presupposition theory, but also e.g. theoretical models of socio-linguistics, language evolution, and language change. In order to foster the interaction between experimental and theoretical approaches, we explicitly encourage presentations of theoretical models which have a basis in experimental studies, or allow for experimentally testable predictions.

Invited speakers:

  • Richard Breheny, University College London
  • Michael Franke, University of Tübingen
  • Lotte Hogeweg, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Prashant Parikh, Univeristy of Pennsylvania
  • Mandy Simons, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Benjamin Spector, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
  • Jason Stanley, Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Organisation:

  • Anton Benz (ZAS, Berlin)
  • Katja Jasinskaja (ZAS, Berlin)
  • Uli Sauerland (ZAS, Berlin)

Reviewing Board:

  • Nicholas Allott
  • Anton Benz
  • Reinhard Blutner
  • Richard Breheny
  • Michael Franke
  • Thorstein Fretheim
  • Bart Geurts
  • Alison Hall
  • Jerry Hobbs
  • Lotte Hogeweg
  • Katja Jasinskaja
  • Jacques Jayez
  • Manfred Krifka
  • Emar Maier
  • Clemens Mayr
  • Roland Mühlenbernd
  • Prashant Parikh
  • Uli Sauerland
  • Mandy Simons
  • Brian Skyrms
  • Stephanie Solt
  • Benjamin Spector
  • Jason Stanley
  • Mark Textor

The conference is organized and sponsored by the ZAS programme area 6 Interfaces between sentence semantics and discourse strategies, the DfG project Implicatures and Discourse Structure (IDis), and the Emmy-Noether research group Interpretation of Quantifiers.

Programme

Thu, October 13:

8:45 Registration

9:15 Welcome

9:30-10:25
Richard Breheny (University College London)  
On the development of testable theories of semantics-pragmatics

coffee

10:40-11:35
Prashant Parikh (University of Pennsylvania)  
Computing Modulations

coffee

11:50-12:45
Jason Stanley (Rutgers University - New Brunswick)  
Domain Restriction and the Context-Sensitivity of Questions

lunch

14:15-14:55
Ralf Klabunde, Sebastian Reuße and Björn Schlünder (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)  
Coherence as joint activity

14:55-15:35
Jacopo Romoli (Harvard University)  
A Solution to Soames’ Problem: Presuppositions, Conditionals and Exhaustification

coffee

15:50-16:30
Andreas Haida and Sophie Repp (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)  
Necessity = Possibility = Necessity. Authoritative Acts on the Common Ground

16:30-17:10
Dietmar Zaefferer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and Patric Bach(University of Plymouth)  
Testing theories of sentence type

 

Fri, October 14:

9:30-10:25
Michael Franke (University of Tübingen)  
Game Theory in Formal Pragmatics

coffee

10:40-11:35
Benjamin Spector (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)  
Are there obligatory scalar implicatures? An argument from global
positive polarity items

coffee

11:50-12:45
Mandy Simons (Carnegie Mellon University)  
Structured contents and local pragmatics

lunch

14:15-14:55
Bob van Tiel (Radboud University Nijmegen)  
Relevant alternatives: a Gricean perspective

14:55-15:35
Daphna Heller (University of Toronto) and Lynsey Wolter (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)  
Beyond demonstratives: direct reference in perceptually-grounded descriptions

coffee

15:50-16:30
Beata Gyuris (Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)  
An ‘all-purpose’ particle or marker of expectations?

16:30-18:30 Poster Session

19:00 Conference Dinner

 

Sat, October 15:

9:30-10:25
Lotte Hogeweg (Radboud University Nijmegen)  
Synchronic and diachronic semantic weakening

coffee

10:40-11:20
Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas (University of Murcia)  
Relevance Theory and Conceptual Integration Theory: Deflationary Accounts of Metaphor

11:20-12:00
Nicholas Allott (CSMN, University of Oslo) and Mark Textor (King's College London)  
A Cluster Theory of Ad Hoc Concepts: An Alternative to the ‘Externalist Semantic Perspective’ in Lexical Pragmatics

lunch

13:30-14:10
Richard Moore (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)  
Do great ape gestures have a Gricean intentional structure?

coffee

14:30-15:10
Gerhard Schaden (Université Lille 3)  
Modelling the "Aoristic Drift of the Present Perfect" as Inflation

15:10-15:50
Roland Mühlenbernd and Michael Franke (University of Tübingen)  
Signaling Conventions: Who learns what where and when in a social network?

 

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