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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 7,26-28 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 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 

 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 
(;conf=spe7), 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.