About the Conference

May 2nd – May 4th 2014

The conference will capture new developments in pragmatics, especially within the field of contextualist approaches to utterance interpretation.

The central topic will be how contextual information about the circumstances of the utterance should be represented within a pragmatic theory. Should it be located “within” the utterance (as  unarticulated constituent) or “outside” as part of the common ground speaker and hearer share?

The focus of the present book lies on central questions about the nature, the function and the acquisition of pragmatic inferencing strategies. The question of the relation between the explicit and the implicit side of verbal communication and its mutual delimitation is addressed. What is the character of pragmatic inferences, wherever they may be situated in a descriptive model? Are they nonce inferences arising anew in each act of communication, or do we have to conceive of them as based on regularities and conventions? What is an adequate model of the acquisition of the skills which are relevant for mastering the inferential processes leading to an adequate interpretation of utterances? And what is the relation between a theory of pragmatic enrichment and optimality theory with an OT pragmatics as a possible result?

The conference fee for application costs about 40€ and after the 15th of February about 60€. All students of the Universität Leipzig have free admission and all other students only need to pay 10€. The conference will be held in German and in English.

Please transfer your conference fee to the following bank account:
Recipient: Pamela Steen
Institute: Postbank
IBAN: DE03 1001 0010 0078 4891 15
BIC: PBNKDEFF

For more detailed information about the conference take a look at our program.

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited related to new developments in pragmatics. Abstracts should be approximately 500 words and should be submitted by email before 28 February 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 March 2014.

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