Call for papers

The Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) and the University of Potsdam are pleased to announce the 22nd Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) conference, taking place on September 7-10, 2017. SuB has in recent years emerged as the biggest venue for formal semantics and pragmatics representing the full breadth of the field, and we aim to maintain this tradition.

We invite abstract submissions on topics pertaining to natural language semantics, pragmatics, the syntax-semantics interface, psycholinguistic studies related to meaning, and the philosophy of language.

The conference will feature a special session on Semantics and Natural Logic, which will gather philosophers and linguists to explore the interaction between language and natural logic. The guiding questions will be: (i) Is there such a thing as natural logic, a component of the mind brain that we might call logical? (ii) What is the relation between natural languages and natural logic, and what are the basic properties of natural logic? (iii) How do we distinguish inferences derived by natural logic+language from inferences derived using other cognitive systems?

There will also be a satellite workshop on Microvariation in Semantics, which will be announced separately.

The main session of SuB will take place at the modern Griebnitzsee campus of the University of Potsdam, in easy reach from the center of Berlin; other events will be in central Berlin.

Talks in both the main session and the special session will be 45 (35+10) minutes in length. The main session will also feature a poster session. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to give short ‘lightning talks’ to introduce their topic to the audience.

Abstracts should contain original research that, at the time of submission, has neither been published nor accepted for publication. One person can submit at most one abstract as sole author and one as co-author or two co-authored abstracts, for the main session and special session combined. Authors will be asked to specify at the time of submission whether they wish their abstract to be considered for the main and/or the special session, and for a talk and/or a poster.

Submissions should be anonymous and should not reveal the identities of the authors in any form. Abstracts must not exceed two pages (letter size or A4 paper, 2.5cm or 1 inch margins on all sides, 12 point font), including examples and references. Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format via EasyChair until March 5, 2017.

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