Calls: Post-truth: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Saying “what you believe to be false” (DGfS 2019)

Full Title: Post-truth: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Saying “what you believe to be false” (DGfS 2019)

Date: 06-Mar-2019 – 08-Mar-2019
Location: Bremen, Germany
Contact Person: Katharina Turgay

Contact Email:

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2018

Meeting Description:

Grice’s first maxim of quality says ”do not say what you believe to be false”, but we often do. We tell lies (”I did not have sexual relations with that woman”), we deceive (e.g. by lying by implicature), we bullshit (”Trade wars are easy to win”), we make up stories (”When Harry Potter first came to Hogwarts …”), we pretend (Kids playing: ”You were Batgirl and I was Wonder Woman”), or we use irony (”Losing the key was very smart!”). In all such speech acts there is a clear sense in which we’re not, or at least not literally, speaking the truth. Clinton did have a sexual affair, trade wars are probably not easy to win, there is no Hogwarts, the kids are no superheroes, losing keys is not smart. On the other hand, except in (typical cases of) lying, these speech acts also convey something true: Harry did go to Hogwarts in the well-known series of novels, the kids are superheroes in their play, and the attitude which speakers intend to communicate with their bullshit or irony may be true as well.

Semantics has typically focused on idealized cooperative conversation, where every assertion contributes to a lofty shared truth-seeking endeavor in order to establish a common ground of shared beliefs between speaker and hearer. However, since the phenomena like the above all run counter to this idea, their explanation is usually left to pragmatics, philosophy, or literary theory. And while Grice’s other maxims have gained a lot of attention and sparked entire research traditions (quantity implicatures, relevance theory, Horn’s division of pragmatic labor and Levinson’s M-principle), the role of the quality maxim remained a bit underexplored in linguistic semantics and pragmatics.

In this workshop we want to discuss the challenges that these and other deviations from the Gricean norm of quality pose for semantics and pragmatics and see if we can incorporate ideas from philosophy, literary theory, cognitive science and other related fields to extend the coverage of our theories of meaning and our understanding of the dynamics and logic of (non-)cooperative conversation.

Topics of interest include:

– truth in fiction, literature, narration
– analyses of lying, bullshitting, pretending, story-telling, irony etc.
– the relation of non-truthful language to notions like common ground, discourse updates, and commitments
– the role of lying and deception and other non-cooperative language for conversations, discourse structure and the common ground
– approaches to non-cooperative discourse
– psycho- and neurolinguistic studies of these phenomena and their acquisition and their relations to Theory of Mind and other cognitive capacities

Invited speakers:

– Regine Eckardt (Konstanz)
– Jörg Meibauer (Mainz)

Organized by Daniel Gutzmann (Cologne), Emar Maier (Groningen), and Katharina Turgay (Landau)

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 20 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit them in pdf-format via email to:

The workshop will be part of the 41st annual meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS 2019) to be held at the University of Bremen from March 6-8, 2019. Participants will have to register for the conference and are not supposed to give talks at other workshops.


Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2018.
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2018.
Workshop: March 6-8, 2019 (two days; excat dates tba)


Calls: Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics

Full Title: Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics
Short Title: CoMPrag2018

Date: 26-Sep-2018 – 28-Sep-2018
Location: Bochum, Germany
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 10-Jun-2018

Meeting Description:

The workshop “Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics” will take place at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, on September 26-28, 2018.

Computational pragmatics, understood as an interdisciplinary field at the interface between Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy provides computational models of pragmatic reasoning that are intrinsically tied to experimentally collected data and their analysis. It covers different aspects of pragmatic reasoning, and it might be understood as an interdisciplinary endeavor to understand how contextual information influences the production and interpretation of utterances.

With this workshop, we are primarily targeting contributions that develop computational models as a method that advances our understanding of cognitive and neural processes underlying language use. In particular, the workshop will provide a forum for the discussion of methodological questions and related theoretical issues that arise for researchers working at the interface between computational modelling and experimental research. Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

– Implicature calculation and its implementation in NLP systems: methods and experimental insights
– interaction of implicature calculation with information structure, discourse relations, dialogue management etc.
– Computational models of reference and their experimental backing
– Pragmatic constraints on content selection in natural language generation
– Computational models of experimental data in pragmatic processing
– Computational systems as a means for experimental research
– Neuro- and psycholinguistic investigation of pragmatic processes and their computational models

Invited Speakers:

Raquel Fernández (University of Amsterdam)
Ehud Reiter (University of Aberdeen)
Hannah Rhode (University of Edinburgh)
Matthew Stone (Rutgers University)

Final Call for Papers:

Workshop “Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics” (CoMPrag2018)

We invite submissions of extended abstracts (2 pages), outlining original research and innovative approaches, to be sent to .

For more information, please consult the workshop web page at

Important Dates:

June 10: Deadline for submissions
August 1: Notification of acceptance
September 1: Camera-ready versions of the submissions
September 26-28: Workshop

Organizing Committee:

Anton Benz (ZAS, Berlin, Germany)
Michael Franke (Tübingen University, Germany)
Christoph Hesse (ZAS, Berlin, Germany)
Ralf Klabunde (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Matthias Unterhuber (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Markus Werning (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)


Calls: 1st International Conference on Internet Pragmatics

Full Title: 1st International Conference on Internet Pragmatics
Short Title: ICIP1

Date: 21-Sep-2018 – 23-Sep-2018
Location: Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Contact Person: Chaoqun Xie
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2018

Meeting Description:

The goal of the conference is to advance theoretical and empirical research in the newly emerging discipline of internet pragmatics, and bring together scholars who are interested in exploring the use of language and other semiotic codes in internet-mediated interaction, with pragmatics conceived broadly as a perspective on how people produce and interpret utterances in contextualized interactions.

Call for Papers:

The theme of the conference is Internet Pragmatics: Perspectives and Challenges. We are now inviting proposals for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion), focusing on but not limited to:

– theorizing in internet pragmatics
– convention and innovation of internet-mediated language use
– pragmatics of social media
– internet genres
– memes in internet-mediated interaction
– internet-mediated (im)politeness, facework and relational work
– presentation and interpretation of selves and identities in and across internet-mediated interaction
– pragmatic acts, intentions and meanings in internet-mediated discourse
– figurative language use in internet-mediated discourse
– philosophical issues of internet pragmatics

Professor Francisco Yus will organize a workshop on internet pragmatics during the conference.

Keynote Speakers (confirmed):

CHEN Xinren (Nanjing University)
Anita FETZER (University of Augsburg)
Helmut GRUBER (University of Vienna)
GU Yueguo (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
Michael HAUGH (University of Queensland)
Daniel Z. KADAR (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Istvan KECSKES (State University of New York at Albany)
Miriam LOCHER (University of Basel)
RAN Yongping (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies)
XIE Chaoqun (Fujian Normal University)
Francisco YUS (University of Alicante)

Abstract Submission:

We are now inviting proposals for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) focusing on but not limited to the above research strands. The language of the conference will be English. A selection of the conference papers will be published in the book series ‘Advances in (Im)politeness Studies’ (Springer) and/or a special issue might also appear in Internet Pragmatics (John Benjamins). Abstracts should be written in English and about 250-300 words (excluding references). The deadline for abstract submission is July 1, 2018. Please kindly submit your abstract (including your full name and institution/affiliation) to before the deadline. Participants may be the first author of only one presentation and the second author of another one. The letter of acceptance will be sent out by the end of July 2018.

Conference fee:
Regular registration: RMB 800/USD 130
Students (with valid I.D.): RMB 500/USD 70

Conference fee covers attendance to all sessions, lunches, suppers and coffee/tea breaks during the conference, a conference dinner and conference pack. The conference fee can be paid on site.

Please disseminate this information to any colleagues who you think might be interested.

Fujian Normal University (FNU)

College of Foreign Languages, FNU

Foreign Language and Literature Studies (FNU)
Internet Pragmatics (John Benjamins)
Advances in (Im)politeness Studies (Springer)

Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press


AMPRA-4 Hotel Room Shares

Dear AMPRA-4 participants,

We recently created a Skype account with the aim to connect those participants who are looking for roommates to share a hotel room. If interested, please log on to your Skype account and type the email address ( to add us.

AMPRA-4 Organizing Committee


Graduate Student Travel Grant Awards Recipients

We are happy to announce that the following individuals (in alphabetical order) have each been selected as recipients of one of our seven Graduate Student Travel Grant awards:

1. Christodulelis, Eleni (Ohio State University, USA)
2. Donahoo, Stanley (University of Arizona, USA)
3. Lei, Rong (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China)
4. Muhammad, Ananda (Iowa State University, USA)
5. Sutanovac, Vladan (University of Vienna and DFG CRC Düsseldorf, Austria/Germany)
6. Truan, Naomi (Sorbonne Université Paris, France)
7. Weissman, Benjamin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

We congratulate the winners and are looking forward to welcoming them to Albany, November 1-3, 2018. The awards will be personally presented to the recipients by the President of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA), Distinguished Professor Dr. Istvan Kecskes at the conference (date and time of the awards presentation forthcoming).

For more information on this award, please visit the conference website at


–AMPRA-4 Organizing Committee

–AMPRA-4 Executive Committee



Early bird registration open!!

Dear AMPRA-4 authors, 

our Early Bird registration (non-students $210, students with valid ID $100) is and will be open until 31 May 2018
We would like to encourage you to visit our registration site, which provides all relevant details for you, here:

Please be reminded that you need to be an active AMPRA member so to register for the conference in November: the membership fee is $50 for non-students, and $30 for students, to be paid through the AMPRA website:

You also have the option already of registering for the Conference dinner for $45, on Friday, November 2, 2018, but may do so also at a later point, if you wish. The same holds for any non-presenting guests you would like to bring. You may either register them for $100 (no active AMPRA membership required for guests) now, or may do that up to 2 weeks prior to the conference. Note, though, that no on-site registration or payment will be possible for logistical reasons.

Please do not hesitate to approach us with any questions you may have in the meantime. 
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Albany in November!

MPRA4 Organizing Committee

Call for Papers: Teaching and learning L2 pragmatics: Second language pragmatic development in the home and study abroad contexts International Conference

Teaching and learning L2 pragmatics:
Second language pragmatic development in the home and study abroad contexts
International Conference
28-29 June 2018 – Preston, United Kingdom

Call for Papers – Deadline: 15 March 2018

Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor Naoko Taguchi (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Professor Guofang Li (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Professor Gila A Schauer (Erfurt University, Germany)
  • Professor Dániel Kádár (University of Huddersfield, UK)
  • Dr Ken Fordyce (University of Edinburgh, UK)

This conference is themed towards second language pragmatic development in learning and teaching. We particularly welcome papers focussing on Chinese as a second language, or Chinese learners of English at home or in study abroad contexts.

  • Papers and posters are invited from researchers or practitioners in any field of language learning and teaching, to focus on an aspect of the conference theme:
  • The teaching and learning of L2 Chinese pragmatics at home or study abroad
  • The teaching and learning of pragmatics for Chinese English language learners at home or study abroad
  • Effective ways of teaching pragmatics in the classroom
  • Using ICT for pragmatic development
  • Pre-departure and in country pragmatics instruction
  • Testing and assessing pragmatic development
  • Affective factors influencing pragmatic development (e.g. motivation)

Abstract Proposals & Conference Enquiries

Papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions. Poster proposals are also welcome. A title and 250 word (maximum) proposal plus 50 word summary (all in one word document) should be submitted by Thursday 15th March 2018 to the following link:

For any other enquiries, please contact

Please visit for the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you in Preston in June 2018!

-Nicola and Jiayi

Call for Paper: 4th International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA)

 Call for papers

The goal of this conference is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and to bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics (philosophical, linguistic, cognitive, social, intercultural, interlanguage, etc.). The four main topical strands of the conference are as follows: 

  1. Pragmatics theories: neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, common ground, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, speech act theory, presuppositions, grammaticalization, im/politeness, etc. 
  2. Experimental pragmatics: models of language and meaning, experimental techniques, scalar implicatures, reference resolution, interpretation of figurative language, etc. 
  3. Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture, or varieties of one language, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics, variational pragmatics, social pragmatics, lingua franca, computer-mediated communication (CMC), bilinguals’ and heritage speakers’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, etc. 
  4. Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, cyber pragmatics, etc. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers  

  • Betty Birner (Northern Illinois University, USA) 
  • Ira Noveck (Institut des Sciences Cognitives – Marc Jeannerod, Paris, France) 
  • Jason Stanley (Yale University, USA) 

Abstract Submission: 

Abstracts must be 250-400 words max. in length (depending on format of presentation, including title, excluding references).  Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per person.  

Abstracts & proposals for all presentation formats must be submitted through EasyAbstracts ( The system opens on October 1, 2017.  

When submitting the abstract or proposal, please specify your preference of format as well as the strand you would preferably like to be considered for. 


Presentation Formats: 

  • Panels: Panel organizers are expected to send their proposal (max. 400 words) with a list of possible participants to the conference committee. Panel sessions will be scheduled for no more than two time-slots (2×90 minutes).   
  • Roundtables:  Roundtable organizers can invite up to six scholars to discuss one or more issues in any subfield of pragmatics. Contributions to the roundtable can be in different formats such as short debate-starters, opinion-summaries, questions, etc.  
  • Traditional Presentations: Papers submitted for this format must be research papers that present the results of a research project. Accepted papers will get 30 minutes for presentation, including discussion time. 
  • Short Presentations: Papers submitted for this format must be statement papers, work-in progress papers or opinion papers. Accepted papers will get 20 minutes for presentation, including discussion time. 
  • Poster Presentations: A poster presentation is regarded as an advertisement of an on-going project. It combines text and graphics to present the project in a way that is visually interesting and accessible.  

Abstract submission for all formats: 

  • Deadline: February 15th, 2018 
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2018 

Conference fee: 

  • Regular registration: $250 (before September 15th, 2018) 
  • Early bird registration (before June 1st, 2018): $210 
  • Students (with valid I.D.): $100 

Conference fee covers attendance to all sessions, lunches and coffee/tea breaks during the conference, welcome reception, conference materials and kit. 

The conference dinner is an additional $45, payable together with the registration fee. 

AMPRA membership: 

Prospective participants are not required to be AMPRA members. However, if the abstract is accepted for presentation and the successful submitter wishes to participate at the conference, s/he must be a member of AMPRA. The membership fee is $50 for non-students, and $30 for students. Membership fees can be paid through the AMPRA website: 

If a participant wishes to attend the conference without giving a paper/poster, it is not necessary for him/her to be(come) an AMPRA member. 3-day guest passes can be purchased online prior to the conference for $100. This fee covers attendance to all sessions, lunches and coffee/tea breaks during the conference. 


Executive Members of the Organizing Committee:  

  • Monika Kirner-Ludwig  (Chair of Organizing Committee, University at Albany, State University of New York) 
  • Alison Olin  (Executive Secretary of Organizing Committee, University at Albany, State University of New York) 
  • Anne Bezuidenhout  (AMPRA Executive Secretary, University of South Carolina) 
  • Istvan Kecskes  (AMPRA President, University at Albany, State University of New York) 
  • Lindy Comstock  (Head of AMPRA Graduate Student Committee, UCLA) 
  • Zhiqi Gong  (Doctoral Student, University at Albany, State University of New York) 

Email of the chair of the AMPRA4 OC: 

For more information about the conference, please contact us at or visit the AMPRA website: or conference website: 

Book: Organizational Discourse: Communication and Constitution

Organizational Discourse: Communication and Constitution

François Cooren

How can we study organizations from a discursive perspective? What are the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of each perspective on organizational discourse? To what extent do discourse and communication constitute the organizational world? This accessible book addresses these questions by showing how classical organizational themes, objects and questions can be illuminated from various discursive perspectives.

Six approaches are presented and explained: semiotics, rhetoric, speech act theory, conversation analysis/ethnomethodology, narrative analysis, and critical discourse analysis. These six perspectives are then mobilized throughout the book to study coordination and organizing, organizational culture and identity, as well as negotiation, decision making and conflicts in the context of meetings.

The unifying thread of this volume is the communicative constitutive approach (CCO) to organizations, as implicitly or explicitly advocated by the great majority of organizational discourse analysts and theorists today. Throughout Organizational Discourse , this theme will help readers distinguish between discursive perspectives and other approaches to organizational life, and to understand how discourse matters in organizations.

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Call for Paper: Language Use across Time: What you didn’t know you’ve always wanted to know about historical pragmatics


Language Use across Time: What you didn’t know you’ve always wanted to know

about historical pragmatics

Short Title: LUAC

Location: Padova, Italy

Start Date: 16-Feb-2018 – 17-Feb-2018

Contact Name: Sara Gesuato

Contact Email:

Meeting URL:

Meeting Description:

This conference is to be held in Padua in Palazzo Maldura ( on February 16-17, 2018. 

The diachronic evolution of languages is a crucial part of a social being’s historical situatedness, given that it is mainly through language that we develop social interactions, build relationships and project our identities. The account of this evolution has traditionally focused on formal aspects of language. More recently, however, attention has broadened to include functional aspects of language use – e.g. strategies and conventions of communicative practices over time – which has given rise to the field of historical pragmatics.

The aim of the conference is to bring together historical linguists and pragmaticians interested in exploring diachronic communicative practices within and across languages with a view to shedding light on, among other things: how present-day communicative practices have been informed and shaped by earlier communicative options, constraints, goals and needs; to what extent and in what ways present communicative practices differ from earlier communicative practices; how past communicative practices differed across social groups.

Invited speakers: 
Andreas Jucker (University of Zurich) and Irma Taavitsainen (University of Helsinki) co-editors of the Handbook of Historical Pragmatics)Continue reading