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REASONING, ARGUMENTATION AND LOGIC IN NATURAL LANGUAGE: EXPERIMENTS AND MODELS

April 3-5 2019, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Organization: Markus Werning (BayesPrag@EEG, U Bochum), Matthias Unterhuber (BayesPrag@EEG, U Bochum), Maria Spychalska (ImpliPer, U Cologne), and Eugen Fischer (UEA)

Plenary Talks by:
Richard Breheny (University College London)
Paul Engelhardt (UEA)
Eugen Fischer (UEA)
Yosef Grodzinsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Stefan Heim (RWTH Aachen University)
Lucy MacGregor (Cambridge University)
Ken McRae (Western University, London, Ontario)
Milena Rabovsky (Free University Berlin)
Maria Spychalska (University Cologne)
Jakub Szymanik (University of Amsterdam)
Matthias Unterhuber (Ruhr University Bochum)
Markus Werning (Ruhr University Bochum)

The workshop examines reasoning, argumentation and logic from the perspective of experimental pragmatics. Whereas these issues have a long tradition in the philosophy of language and theoretical linguistics, research in experimental pragmatics has come to focus on them only recently. This is surprising since pragmatic phenomena exert strong influence on which arguments count as sound and valid in everyday reasoning. Relevant phenomena include (a) the disambiguation of polysemous words, (b) context effects on the interpretation of content words and (c) pragmatic properties of logical connectives (e.g., order effects associated with and) as well as of quantifiers (e.g., the scalar implicature from some to not all). The workshop focuses on (i) experimental approaches and (ii) empirically driven models regarding these as well as other pragmatic phenomena in the domain of argumentation and reasoning.

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CoMPPrag2018: Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics

Bochum, 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.

Invited Speakers: Nicole Gotzner (ZAS, Berlin), Ehud Reiter (U Aberdeen), Hannah Rohde (U Edinburgh), Matthew Stone (Rutgers U), Fabian Triefenbach (Amazon)

Organization: Anton Benz (ZAS Berlin), Michael Franke (U Tübingen), Christoph Hesse (ZAS Berlin), Ralf Klabunde (U Bochum), Matthias Unterhuber (U Bochum), Markus Werning (U Bochum)

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PLM4 - Fourth Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference

PLM is a European network of centers devoted to the Philosophy of Language and Mind. PLM was founded in 2010 and organizes international conferences, workshop and master classes taught by leading experts in the field.

The Fourth PLM conference will take place:
Venue: Ruhr University Bochum
Time: 21-23 September 2017

Plenary Speakers:

Emma Borg (U Reading)
Ophelia Deroy (LMU Munich & IP London)
Paul Egré (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)
Max Kölbel (U Vienna)
Nikola Kompa (U Osnabrück)
Bence Nanay (U Antwerp)
Albert Newen (U Bochum)
Markus Werning (U Bochum)

Organization: Markus Werning (speaker), Albert Newen and Heinrich Wansing

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Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective

Workshop
Date & Venue:
June 19-20 2017 Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Organization
Maria Spychalska
Markus Werning

Invited Speakers:

Valentina Bambini
Harm Brouwer
Ira Noveck
Steve Politzer-Ahles
Petra Schumacher

Over the last few decades we observe a growing interest in using experimental methods to investigate semantic and pragmatic theories. Experimental pragmatics have become a flourishing interdisciplinary research area. Aside from traditional methods, such as reaction time measurement, eye-tracking or acceptability judgments, researchers have become increasingly interested in investigating language processing on the neural level and by this means shedding more light on semantic and pragmatic theories. To this end they have used techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). Although this enterprise has resulted in a large amount of interesting data about linguistic processing, still the interpretation of these results remains debated with respect to their relevance for more formal theories of meaning. On the one hand, it often is difficult to formulate clear processing predictions for semantic and pragmatic theories, on the other hand, the theoretical interpretation of the activations observed with neuroimaging tools is not fully understood. As a result, the neurolinguistics and formal semantic/pragmatic communities remain still rather disjoint. In this workshop we would like to bridge the gap and discuss the challenges of combining the two approaches.

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Negation and Negativity in Natural Language

Workshop
Date & Venue:
April 27-29 2017 Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Organization: Viviana Haase & Markus Werning

Plenary Talks by:
Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University)
Viviana Haase (Ruhr University Bochum)
Laurence Horn (Yale University)
Barbara Kaup (University Tübingen)
João Marcos (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte)
Peter Öhl (University Wuppertal)
Maria Spychalska (University Cologne)
Heinrich Wansing (Ruhr University Bochum
Markus Werning (Ruhr University Bochum)

Negation and negativity are key features of human languages. While negation is a phenomenon of semantic opposition, negativity adresses a broader spectrum of phenomena. The investigation of the form and meaning of negation and negativity in natural language is at the heart of many debates in philosophy, linguistics, logic and psychology. The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together the various perspectives of negation and negativity and thereby force the interdisciplinary research on negation and negativity in natural language.

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Fest colloquium in honor of Gerhard Schurz

Schloss Mickeln Düsseldorf, December 1 - 3, 2016.
Organization: Markus Werning, Peter Brössel and Alexander Gebharter.

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What is episodic memory? Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience

MRG Closing Symposium
Bochum, November 29-30, 2016.
Organization: Sen Cheng, Magdalena Sauvage, & Markus Werning.

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GEDANKEN=SPRÜNGE - Mentale Zeitreisen: Michael Rüsenberg im Gespräch mit Markus Werning

Bonn, 20. Oktober 2016, 20:00 Uhr.

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Memory and Mind: Perspectives from Philosophy and Neuroscience

ECE Summer School
Bochum, September 07-20, 2014

Organization: Sen Cheng, Kevin Reuter, Magdalena Sauvage, Boris Suchan, Markus Werning

Invited Speakers:

Alessio Avenanti U Bologna
Sven Bernecker UC Irvine
Jan Born U Tübingen
John Campbell UC Berkeley
Carl Craver U St Louis
Jozsef Csicsvari IST, Klosterneuburg
Alain Destexhe CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette
Kim Graham Cardiff U
Michael Hasselmo Boston U
Lynn Nadel U Arizona
Karim Nader McGill U
Albert Newen U Bochum
Charan Ranganath UC Davis
Craig Stark UC Irvine
Thomas Suddendorf U Queensland
Jennifer Windt U Mainz

Who may apply: Master, PhD & advanced Bachelor students
In: Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology, or related fields
Deadline for applications: 20th April 2014

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Phenomenal Mindreading: Attributing Conscious Experiences to Oneself and Others

November 21-23, 2013
Ruhr-University-Bochum, Germany

Organization: Kevin Reuter, Luca Barlassina, Albert Newen, Markus Werning






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Investigating Semantics: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches

Bochum, October 10-12, 2013

Organization: Erica Cosentino, Dirk Kindermann, Max Kölbel, Maria Spychalska, Markus Werning.

Invited Speakers:

Giosue Baggio (SISSA, Triest)
Derek Ball (U St. Andrews)
Emma Borg (U Reading)
Anna Borghi (U Bologna)
Manfred Krifka (ZAS, Berlin)
Gina Kuperberg (MGH, Tufts U)
Michiel van Lambalgen (U Amsterdam)
Ira Noveck (CNRS, Lyon)
Paul Pietroski (U Maryland)

Submission Deadline (Extended): 30th June 2013

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Quotation: Perspectives from Philosophy and Linguistics

Workshop
Bochum, September 27-29, 2012
Organization: Emar Maier & Markus Werning

Invited Speakers:

Regine Eckardt (U Göttingen, free indirect discourse)
Dan Everett (Bentley University, field linguistics)
Stefano Predelli (U Nottingham, philosophy)
Francois Recanati (Institut Jean Nicod/CNRS, Paris, philosophy)
Josep Quer Villanueva, (UPF Barcelona, sign language)
Chung-chieh Shan (U Tsukuba, semantics/computer science)
Mark de Vries (U Groningen, syntax)
Dag Westerstahl (U Stockholm, philosophy)

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Agents and Causes

Interdisciplinary Aspects in Mind, Language and Culture

The workshop is devoted to the question what it means for an agent to be the cause of an action: What is the metaphysics of the agent role in causation? How is this role mentally represented? What are the linguistic structures that express the agent role and how do they vary across languages? What can go wrong in representing the agent role, e.g., in psychiatric disorders? These questions will be discussed by scientists from various disciplines, including Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics and Anthropology.

Date & Venue:
March 21 - 23, 2012, ZiF Bielefeld

Convenors:
Albert Newen (Bochum), Anne Springer (Potsdam), Christopher Topp (ZiF) and Markus Werning (Bochum)

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Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 4

The purpose of the SPE workshops is to enhance the dialogue between linguists and philosophers and to provide a new forum for presenting research in the interface between linguistic semantics and the related areas of philosophy (philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, epistemology) . SPE takes place annually in different European cities. The previous meetings took place in Paris (SPE1, 2008), London (SPE2, 2009), and Paris (SPE3, 2010).

Date & Venue:
September 26 - October 1, 2011, Ruhr University Bochum

General Organization:
Prof. Dr. Markus Werning and Prof. Dr. Heinrich Wansing

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The Modularity of Mind

Date & Venue:
October 29 - October 30, 2010, Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf

General Organization:
Markus Werning (Ruhr University Bochum)
Jürgen Zielasek (LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf - Kliniken der Heinrich-Heine Universität)
Michela Tacca (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf)

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Thinking of Events

What are events? Do they make up a distinct ontological category? Do they exist independently of objects? What are the linguistic means to talk about events? What does the semantics of natural language tell us about them? How are events cognitively represented? Is there a genuine neural realization of event representations? These are the topics we will discuss at the one-day workshop. Everybody interested is welcome to participate. To register, please send an email to the address shown below.

Date & Venue:
July 1, 2010, Ruhr University Bochum

General Organization:
Prof. Dr. Markus Werning and Dr. Michela Tacca

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Past Workshops

For workshops organized by Markus Werning before 2010 click on the web archive here.