Call for papers

We invite the submission of abstracts (for paper or poster presentations) adressing one of the following issues:

What does it mean that something has been said?
Is there literal meaning and how does it constitute utterance meaning?
What kind of pragmatic inference is relevant for utterance understanding on different levels of utterance interpretation?
Do we need default-inferences in order to catch meaning-aspects of utterances ‘beyond the words’, these inferences being cancelled in case of purely literal meaning?
How is pragmatic information processed (relation between procedural effort and the respective communicative effect of the utterance)?
What is the pragmatic foundation of grammatical relations?

Moreover we invite papers describing experimental studies with children concerning the acquisition of pragmatic knowledge and / or with adult speakers concerning the theoretical issues mentioned above.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words (excluding references and tables) should be sent by email as a pdf-attchment to cschulze at by 15 November 2009.
The document should contain presentation title, the abstract and should indicate your preference for paper or poster presentation. Oral presentations will last 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will stay up for a day; there will be one special session dedicated to the presentation of the posters.
The language of the conference is English (preferable) or German.
Informations identifying the author(s) should be detailed in the body of the email, not in the pdf-file.

Notification of acceptance and the final format of presentation (paper or poster) will be communicated by January 15th 2010.

Please check our conference website for further information (informations will be added regularly).

The conference is organised by Prof. Frank Liedtke and Cornelia Schulze, University of Leipzig, German Department, Pragmalinguistics.

We intend to publish selected papers in a separate proceedings volume.

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