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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Semantics and Philosophy in Europe, 25-28 Jun 2014, Berlin, GERMANY


The colloquium Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 7 (SPE 7) will be
 hosted by the Zentrum fr Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in
 Berlin in cooperation with Institut fr Philosophie and Institut fr
 deutsche Sprache und Linguistik at Humboldt University Berlin.

 DATE: June 26-28, 2014 (conference), June 25, 2014 (tutorials)

 PLACE:  Zentrum fr Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin


 Invited speakers:
 ? Maria Aloni (University of Amsterdam)
 ? Peter Grdenfors (Lund University)
 ? Jane Friedman (New York University)
 ? Rick Nouwen (Utrecht University)
 ? Galit Sassoon (Bar Ilan University)
 ? Jason Stanley (Yale University)

 The purpose of the Semantics and Philosophy in Europe colloquia is
 provide a forum for presenting research in the interface between
 linguistic semantics and various areas of philosophy (philosophy of
 language, philosophy of mind/cognition, metaphysics etc.). Previous
 SPE meetings have taken place place in Paris (SPE1, 2008 and SPE3,
 2010), London (SPE2, 2009), Bochum (SPE4, 2011), Turin (SPE5, 2012)
 and St.Peterburg (SPE6, 2013). In addition to the general session, SPE
 7 will feature two special sessions:

 ?Conceptual structures and truth-conditional semantics
 ?Attitudes towards questions

 Two preconference tutorials will be offered: ?Questions: from embedded
 clauses to speech acts (Manfred Krifka, ZAS)
 ?Evaluative predicates (Friederike Moltmann, CNRS, Carla Umbach, ZAS)

 Program and organization:
 Anton Benz (ZAS), Manfred Krifka (ZAS/HU Berlin), Friederike Moltmann
 (CNRS Paris), Tobias Rosefeldt (HU Berlin), Stephanie Solt (ZAS),
 Isidora Stojanovic (UPF Barcelona / CNRS Paris), Carla Umbach (ZAS),
 Thomas Ede Zimmermann (Goethe Universitt Frankfurt).

 Special sessions:
 1. Conceptual structures and truth-conditional semantics
 Over the last decades, truth-conditional semantics has proven
 successful in offering detailed analyses for how the meanings of
 composite expressions can be derived from the meanings of their parts.
 Still, when it comes to the meanings of lexical items it is generally
 agreed that one has to take recourse to mental concepts and conceptual
 structures opening up the possibility of grounding meaning in human
 cognition. This raises the question of whether conceptual structures,
 which are clearly internal, can be reconciled with the referential /
 truth-conditional approach; how might conceptual structures be
 made to dovetail with truth-conditional semantics?

 2. Attitudes towards questions
 The semantics and pragmatics of questions has attracted the
 attention of philosophers for several reasons. On the one hand there
 is a lively debate about the distinction between knowledge-how and
 knowledge-that, in which the semantics of wh-complements plays a
 crucial role and which has made philosophers think more about
 attitudes whose contents are characterized by indirect questions in
 general. On the other hand, the theory of implicit 'questions under
 discussion' that shape our discourse has been found relevant for
 several issues in the philosophy of language and metaphysics. The
 session inquires recent linguistic thought about these issues and its
 application in philosophy.

 We invite submissions for the general session and the special sessions
 for 45 minute presentations (incl. discussion) or posters. Submissions
 are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author. Abstracts
 have to be anonymous not exceeding two pages in length. Abstract are
 submitted electronically in PDF format via EasyChair. Upon submission
 you will be asked to provide a 10 line summary indicating subject
 matter and conclusions (the summary need not be included in the
 two-page abstract itself).

 Instructions about EasyChair:
     To submit your abstract please follow the  SPE7 submission link, ,
 sign in, click on "New Submission" at the top of the page and follow
 the instructions. EasyChair requires authors to be registered. To
 register for EasyChair, please click on the registration link and
 follow the instructions.

 The submission deadline is 1. February 2014. We expect to make
 notifications of acceptance in the beginning of March.