Investigating Semantics

It is our pleasure to announce the conference

Investigating semantics: Empirical and philosophical approaches

Bochum, October 10-12, 2013

Venue: Ruhr-University-Bochum
The conference will take place in the rooms of the Psychology Department, in the GA building, floor 03. The registration as well as the coffee breaks will take place at the floor 04 of GA, in the rooms of the Mercator Research Group I.

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

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You can have a look at the poster of the conference here.

Natural language semantics is today a wide-ranging and methodologically diverse discipline. One can distinguish broadly between those who use experimental methods from those who don't. Mostly, semanticists in psychology or neuro-science work experimentally, while philosophers, logicians and linguists work non-experimentally. However, the variety of approaches and methods among both groups is huge. Even within the camp of theoretical semantics there are numerous communities: formal semantics, possible world semantics, discourse representation theory, etc. The same heterogeneity is present in the camp of empirical researchers: psycho- and neuro-linguistics, corpus linguistics, etc. The aim of the workshop is to bring together these different branches which are often working on very related topics. The workshop will not only present the variety of empirical and theoretical approaches to semantics, but also invites explicit discussions of the neurobiological and psychological basis of semantics as well as its methods, and epistemology.

Invited Speakers

Giosue Baggio (SISSA, Triest)

Derek Ball (U St. Andrews)

Emma Borg (U Reading)

Anna Borghi (U Bologna) (cancelled)

Manfred Krifka (ZAS, Berlin)

Gina Kuperberg (MGH, Tufts U)

Ira Noveck (CNRS, Lyon)

Paul Pietroski (U Maryland)

Michiel van Lambalgen (U Amsterdam)