Detec2017: Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental and Computational Perspectives

Country: Netherlands

City: Nijmegen

Abstr. due: 21.02.2017

Dates: 26.06.17 — 27.06.17

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

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Organizers: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics


Following the success of DETEC 2013 in Tübingen and DETEC 2015 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada), we are pleased to announce DETEC 2017. Where: The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. When: Monday June 26-Tuesday June 27 (2017). (Note this is right after the X-Prag workshop held in Cologne, June 21-23) Studies on discourse processing indicate that natural language interpretation is expectation-driven. Even though it is uncontroversial that both linguistic (e.g. lexical items, morpho-syntactic constructions, prosody) and extra-linguistic factors (e.g. world knowledge, speaker/hearer knowledge) are used to anticipate how discourse is likely to continue, the nature of their interplay is a topic of ongoing research. DETEC approaches this topic in an interdisciplinary fashion by comparing theoretical, experimental, and computational perspectives. Topics: We welcome submissions of theoretical, experimental and computational studies on topics related to any aspect of discourse expectations, how they arise, how they may be quantified, and how they may be modelled. Topics may be related (but not limited) to: - Top-down expectations derived from conversational perspective-taking, common ground, and real world knowledge such as event structure or speaker familiarity - The nature of pragmatic aspects of meaning in discourse (inferences, presupposition, information structure, discourse particles, etc.) - Evidence source, reference resolution, aspectual coercion, emotion and other expressive aspects of meaning

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