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Wed Feb 02 2011

Calls: Pragmatics, Semantics/Slovenia

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        1.     Judith Tonhauser , Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011

Message 1: Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011
Date: 01-Feb-2011
From: Judith Tonhauser <judithling.osu.edu>
Subject: Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011
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Full Title: Workshop on Projective Meanings at ESSLLI 2011

Date: 08-Aug-2011 - 12-Aug-2011
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contact Person: Judith Tonhauser
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~judith/ESSLLI2011-projection-workshop

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2011

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of perspectives on the topic of projective meanings, that class of meaning elements which tend to survive as utterance implications even when the triggering expression is embedded under the syntactic scope of entailment-canceling operators. This class includes the projective contents of presupposition triggers, but also Conventional Implicatures, some evidentials, and other non-presuppositional but projecting content.

Classically, the projection problem (Langendoen & Savin 1971) was studied in conjunction with the presuppositions triggered by factives, anaphora, aspectual verbs like stop, additive particles like too, etc. More recently, various authors have noticed that not all that projects is presupposed (Chierchia & McConnell-Ginet 1990; Beaver 2001; Potts 2005; Roberts 2006; Roberts, Simons, Beaver & Tonhauser 2009; Simons, Tonhauser, Beaver & Roberts 2010). Hence, the classical accounts of presupposition projection, based on the Common Ground condition (Karttunen 1974; Stalnaker 1974; Heim 1983) or its anaphoric counterpart in DRT (van der Sandt 1992; Geurts 1996) are not adequate to account for the full range of triggers displaying projective behavior. Some authors propose separate accounts for non-presuppositional projection triggers (see Potts 2005 for CIs), while others argue for a unified account (Roberts et al. 2009; Jayez 2009; cf. Abbott's 2000 secondary entailments). Moreover, to date most of the work on projective meanings generally, and on presuppositions more narrowly, is on English and a handful of other languages.

The central purpose of the workshop is to foster dialogue among scholars working on these issues, with a special interest in broadening the empirical base of the discussion by drawing in researchers working on a wider range of languages. The workshop will address fundamental questions pertaining to this class: How can projective meaning be identified reliably across languages? Do projective meanings share any unifying property? Do projective meanings interact semantically with ordinary meaning or with each other, and what might that tell us about the appropriate form of a theory of interpretation? The workshop will include a poster session to foster broader participation, as well as papers selected from submitted abstracts. Those who work on under-studied languages are especially encouraged to participate.

2nd Call for Papers:

Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit an anonymous, extended abstract. Submissions should not exceed 2 pages, including references. Please email your submission in PDF format to projectiveling.osu.edu. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by the workshop organizers.

Workshop Format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It will consist of seven paper presentations and a poster session, as well as introductory and summary discussions, over five consecutive days in the second week of ESSLLI. During the first week of ESSLLI, the workshop organizers will offer a course on projective meanings, including presuppositions, and their cross-linguistic study. Further information about the workshop will be posted here:



Submission deadline: February 15, 2011
Notification: March 7, 2011
Workshop dates: August 8-12, 2011

Practical Information:

All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI; workshop presenters will be able to register at a reduced rate to be determined by the local organizers.

Further Information about ESSLLI:


The workshop is organized with the support of the US National Science Foundation (grant #0952571, 'Semantics and Pragmatics of Projective Meaning across Languages') to Craige Roberts (OSU) and Judith Tonhauser (OSU), with collaborative grants to David Beaver (UT Austin) and Mandy Simons (CMU).

Workshop Organizers:

Craige Roberts (OSU)
Judith Tonhauser (OSU)

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