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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Formal Semantic Evidence, 19-21 Dec 2011, THE NETHERLANDS

Workshop hosted by the Amsterdam Colloquium, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Invited speakers
Richard Breheny
, University College London

Bart Geurts , Radboud University Nijmegen

  Call for papersFormal semantics as a field of linguists undergoes a rapid change with respect 
to the status of quantitative methodologies, the application of which is gradually becoming a 
standard in the field, replacing the good old 'armchair' methodology. In light of this developmen
we invite submissions reporting of high level formal semantic research benefiting from the use of 
a quantitative methodology, corpora-based, experimental, neurolinguistic, computational or other. 
Ideal presentations include informed reflections on the role of a particular methodology in formal

    - We welcome submissions focusing on wide spread, yet not unproblematic
    or elusive semantic-pragmatic concepts such as 'context', 'accommodation',
    'question under discussion', 'ordering source', and so forth; what
    methodologies can shed new light on such notions and the way they might be
    systematically studied and decoded?
    - What kind of experimental evidence (if any) can bear on fundamental
    issues such as the nature of the semantic lexicon on the one hand, and
    compositionality and projection on the other?  What is the nature of
    semantic infelicity or markedness? What kind of experimental evidence (if
    any) can support or refute hypotheses concerning the nature of the logical
    form or its very existence? Concerning empty categories?
    - Finally, can formal semantic tools contribute to our understanding of
    experimental results and theoretical issues within cognitive psychology as
    pertaining to natural  language semantics?

   Instructions for authors
Authors can submit *anonymous* abstracts of at most *two pages *via the website of the Amsterdam 

  Important dates
Submission deadline:  September 1, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2011 
Deadline for pre-proceedings: December 1, 2011 
Deadline for registration: December 1, 2011
Conference: December 19 - 21, 2011

Katrin Schulz 
Galit Weidman Sassoon