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: turgay@uni-landau.de

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: turgayuni-landau.de

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.

Dates:

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: http://www.linguistics.rub.de/comprag2018

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 compprag18linguistics.rub.de .

For more information, please consult the workshop web page at http://www.linguistics.rub.de/compprag2018

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: http://cfl.fjnu.edu.cn/9b/e5/c6330a170981/page.htm

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 ipragmaticsfoxmail.com 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.

Host:
Fujian Normal University (FNU)

Organizer:
College of Foreign Languages, FNU

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

Sponsor:
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 (ampra4albany@gmail.com) 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 https://www.albany.edu/ampra/graduate-student-travel-awards.php

 

–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: https://www.albany.edu/ampra/conference-registration.php

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: https://americanpragmaticsassociation.org/

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!

Sincerely,
MPRA4 Organizing Committee

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 What is (organizational) discourse? How is this book organized?
2 Analyzing organizational discourse: Six perspectives
3 Coordination and organizing
4 Organizational culture, identity and ideology
5 Meetings: Negotiation, decision making and conflicts
6 By way of a conclusion
Endnotes
References
Index

This book is available at Polity

AMPRA Donation to the Center for Applied Linguistics in Santiago de Cuba

* Due to a generous donation from Professor Istvan Kecskes, AMPRA was able to make a USD $500 donation to the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Santiago de Cuba in support of their 15th International Symposium on Social Communication, “Eloína Miyares Bermúdez in Memoriam”, held on January 23-27, 2017 in Santiago, Cuba.

Book: The Language of Service Encounters: A Pragmatic-Discursive Approach.

Félix-Brasdefer, J. César. (2015). The Language of Service Encounters: A Pragmatic-Discursive Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Service encounters are ubiquitous in social interaction. We buy food and everyday items in supermarkets, convenience stores, or markets; we purchase merchandise in department stores; or we request information at a visitor information center. This book offers a comprehensive account of service encounters in commercial and non- commercial settings. Grounded in naturally occurring face-to-face interactions and drawing on a pragmatic-discursive approach, J. César Félix-Brasdefer sets out a framework for the analysis of transactional and relational talk in various contexts in the United States and Mexico. This book investigates crosscultural and intra-lingual Continue reading

Book: Intercultural Pragmatics

Kecskes, Istvan. (2014). Intercultural Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Intercultural Pragmatics studies how language systems are used in social encounters between speakers who have different first languages and cultures, yet communicate in a common language. The field first emerged in the early 21st century, joining two seemingly antagonistic approaches to pragmatics research: the cognitive-philosophical approach, which considers intention as an a priori mental state of the speaker, and the sociocultural-interactional approach, which considers it as a post factum construct created by both speaker and hearer though conversation. Istvan Kecskes, an early proponent of intercultural pragmatics, was among the first to propose merging the two to form the socio-cognitive approach now core to the field.Continue reading