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LINGUIST List 22.615

Fri Feb 04 2011

Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Lang, Cognitive Sci/Spain

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        1.     Adrian Briciu , Workshop on Semantic Content

Message 1: Workshop on Semantic Content
Date: 04-Feb-2011
From: Adrian Briciu <semantic.content.project.gmail.com>
Subject: Workshop on Semantic Content
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Full Title: Workshop on Semantic Content

Date: 04-Nov-2011 - 06-Nov-2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Adrian Briciu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www4.ub.edu/grc_logos/project_card.php?idProj=33

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2011

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Semantic Content
4-6 November 2011
University of Barcelona

Semantic theories provide a systematic description of the meanings of the sentences of particular natural languages, or at least of simplified models of such languages, for a number of explanatory purposes. The notion of the content of, or proposition expressed by, a sentence is central to most semantic theorising: the predictions a semantic theory yields concern which semantic content (or which proposition) each sentence expresses in a possible context of use.

In the last ten years or so, philosophers and semanticists have engaged in a debate about the best way to model various forms of context dependence. One of these is the debate about whether the semantic contents of sentences can contain so-called ‘unarticulated constituents’. Another debate is about the question whether the truth-values of semantic contents should be relativized to novel parameters. These disputes cannot be resolved without a clarification of the notion of a semantic content that is central to the disputes.

The workshop aims to re-assess the motivation for the notion of semantic content both historically and in the light of current theorizing, in order to articulate the theoretical role and purpose of this notion (if any), and in order to make progress in resolving disputes about the correct semantic content of sentences of various problematic kinds.

Invited Plenary Speakers:

Anne Bezuidenhout (University of South Carolina)
Delia Fara (Princeton University)
Robert Stalnaker (MIT)
Jason Stanley (Rutgers University)

2nd Call for Papers:


Contributions are invited in one of two forms:

Either a 1000 word extended abstract which provides information not just about the conclusions but also about the line of argument


A full paper of up to 4000 words. Full papers are preferred and will have an advantage in the competition with mere abstracts.

Papers prepared for blind review should be sent to semantic.content.projectgmail.com by 30 June 2011. We are applying for funding to cover speakers' accommodation costs.

Scientific Committee:

Anne Bezuidenhout (University of South Carolina)
Josh Dever (TBC) (University of Texas at Austin)
Andy Egan (TBC) (Rutgers University)
Delia Fara (TBC) (Princeton University)
Manuel García-Carpintero (LOGOS/Universitat de Barcelona)
Max Kölbel (ICREA at LOGOS/Universitat de Barcelona)
Josep Maciá (LOGOS/Universitat de Barcelona)
Diego Marconi (TBC) (Universitá degli studi di Torino)
Genoveva Martí (LOGOS/Universitat de Barcelona)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Stefano Predelli (University of Nottingham)
Anders Schoubye (TBC) (University of St. Andrews)
Robert Stalnaker (TBC) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jason Stanley (TBC) (Rutgers University)
Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean Nicod)
Stephan Torre (LOGOS/Universitat de Barcelona)
Dan Zeman (LOGOS/Universitat de Barcelona)

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