30 November 2014

Call for papers: Sinn und Bedeutung

Sinn und Bedeutung 20 Workshop:"Experimental Methodology in Semantics and Pragmatics"

Location:           University of Tübingen, Germany

Date:                  Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Call deadline:     February 15th 2015

The number of researchers in semantics and pragmatics using experiments as a tool to evaluate hypotheses derived from linguistic theories is increasing. This workshop offers a forum for methodological reflection on what can and cannot be achieved with experimental work in our field and which paradigms are best suited to yield reliable and valid results for answering current questions in semantics and pragmatics.  

We invite contributions addressing one or more of the following topics:

1.  Method Evaluation

1.1  Comparing experimental methods: What are the advantages and limitations of existing psycholinguistic methods?  How can these methods be combined and extended for the purpose of investigating questions in semantics and pragmatics? How can the current methodological repertoire be extended by adapting and developing new techniques?

1.2  Experimentation vs. other methods:What are the advantages of corpus studies, field work, and computational modelling compared to experimental methods?  How can these other methods complement experimental evidence?

1.3  Basis and Limits of Speaker Judgments

2.  Implications of Experimental Results for Semantic and Pragmatic Theorizing

2.1  Does the predicted effect reflect the structure under investigation or some processing constraint?

2.2  (How) can we supplement formal theories with (independent) processing components?

2.3  What linking hypotheses are necessary to relate experimental data to semantic/pragmatic theory?

2.4  How can experimental results contribute to a reassessment of central theoretical concepts?

3.  Problematic Data

3.1  How can we deal with conflicting evidence?

3.2  What do null effects tell us? 

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for 20-minute talks plus 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, 2 pages (A4 or letter), in a font size no less then 12pt, and with margins of 1 inch/2.5cm. Please submit abstracts via EasyChair (see link below) no later than February 15th 2015. 

Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair, using the following link: 


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