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Group Meetings 2023-2024

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


Semantics, Pragmatics & Philosophy (SPP) Group Meetings - previous years


Easter 2022 (via Zoom)
2nd May, 2pm - Kasia Jaszczolt and Chi-Hé Elder on Functional Dynamic Propositions
26th May, 2pm - Nina Haket on Conceptual Engineering and Semantic Theory

Lent 2023 (via Zoom)
Friday, January 27th, 2023 (14:00-16:00 BST)
Paper: Oswald, S. 2022. ‘Insinuation is committing’. Journal of Pragmatics 198: 158-170.
Guest speaker: Dr Steve Oswald (University of Fribourg)

Friday, February 10th, 2023 (14:00-16:00 BST)
Paper: Davis, W. A. 2022. ‘Quotational reports’. Linguistics and Philosophy 45:1063–1090.
Guest Speaker: Dr Wayne Davis (Georgetown University) TBC

Friday, February 24th, 2023 (14:00-16:00 BST)
Paper: Hinzen, W. & T. Martin. 2021. ‘De se or not de se: a question of grammar’. Language Sciences 85
Guest speakers: Dr Wolfram Hinzen (Intitut Català de Recerca I Estudis Avançats) and Dr Txuss Martin (Universitat Pompeu Fabra & University of Cambridge) TBC

Friday, March 10th, 2023 (14:00-16:00 BST)
Paper: Göbel, A. 2022. ‘On the role of focus-sensitivity for a typology of presupposition triggers’. Journal of Semantics 39: 617–656.
Guest speakers: Dr Alexander Göbel (McGill University) TBC

Michaelmas 2022 (Via Zoom)
Friday, October 14th, 2022 (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Cabanes-Calabuig, Mireia. 2022. Expressive ‘dimension’?
Guest Speaker: Mireia Cabanes-Calabuig (University of Cambridge)

Friday, October 28th, 2022 (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Isaac, M. 2020. How to conceptually engineer conceptual engineering? Inquiry, 1-24.
Guest speaker: Dr. Manuel Gustavo Isaac (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Friday, November 11th, 2022 (14:00- 15:00)
Paper: Dombi, J., Sydorenko, T., & Timpe-Laughlin, V. 2022. Common ground, cooperation, and recipient design in human-computer interactions. Journal of Pragmatics, 193, 4-20.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Judit Dombi (University of Pécs, Hungary)

Friday, November 25th, 2022 (14:00- 15:00)
Paper: Blochowiak, J., Castelain, T., Rodriguez-Villagra, O., & Musolino, J. (2022). If and only if people were logical! The effect of pragmatic enrichment on reasoning with abstract and realistic materials. Journal of Pragmatics, 197, 137-158.
Guest speakers: Dr. Joanna Blochowiak (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and Dr. Thomas Castelain (University of Girona, Spain)


Michaelmas 2021 (via Zoom)
Friday 15th October (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Geurts, B. (2019). Communication as commitment sharing: Speech acts, implicatures, common ground. Theoretical Linguistics, 45, 1-30.
Guest speaker: Prof Bart Geurts, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Friday 29th October (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Orr, S. and Ariel, M. (2021). Predicating 'Truth': An empirically based analysis. Journal of Pragmatics, 185, 131-145.
Guest speakers: Shirly Orr and Dr Mira Ariel, Tel-Aviv University (Israel)

Friday 12th November (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Sbisà, M. (2021). Presupposition and implicature: Varieties of implicit meaning in explicitation practices. Journal of Pragmatics, 182, 176-188.
Guest speaker: Marina Sbisà, Università degli studi di Trieste (Italy)

Lent 2022 (via Zoom)
Monday 31st January (11:00-13:00)
Paper: Ruiz, A., Cepollaro, B., & Stojanovic, I. (2021). "The Semantics and Pragmatics of Value Judgments". In P. Stalmaszczyk (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Philosophy of Language. 434-449. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Guest speakers: Dr Andrés Soria Ruiz, (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal), Dr Bianca Cepollaro, (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy) and Dr Isidora Stojanovic, (Institut Jean Nicod, France)

Monday 14th February (15:00-17:00)
Paper: Abrusan, M. (2021). The spectrum of perspective shift: Protagonist projection versus free indirect discourse. Linguistics and Philosophy, 44(4), 839-873.
Guest speaker: Dr Marta Abrusán, Institut Jean Nicod (Institut Jean Nicod)

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Monday 28th February (11:00-13:00)
Paper: Borg, E. (2008). "Intentional-based semantics". In Lepore, E. and Smith, B. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. 250-268. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Easter 2022
Friday, June 3rd, 2022 (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Chen, X. 2021. Whose metaphor? Metaphor in belief reports. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 13 (6): 132-143.
Guest Speaker: Xiaoxuan Chen (University of Cambridge)

Friday, June 17th, 2022 (14:00 - 15:00)
Guest Speaker: Sadiyah Shahid (University of Cambridge)


Michaelmas 2020 (via Zoom)
Friday, October 30th, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)
Paper: Stotts, M. H. 2020. Toward a sharp semantics/pragmatics distinction. Synthese, 197(1), 185-208.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Megan Stotts, McMaster University (Canada)

Friday, November 13th, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)
Paper: Borg, E. 2019. Explanatory roles for minimal content. Noûs, 53(3), 513-539.

Friday, November 27th, 2020 (14:00- 15:30)
Paper: Elder, C., & Haugh, M. 2018. The interactional achievement of speaker meaning: Toward a formal account of conversational inference. Intercultural Pragmatics, 15(5), 593-625.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Chi-Hé Elder, University of East Anglia

Friday, December 4th, 2020 (14:00- 15:30)
Paper: Ariel, M. 2019. Different prominences for different inferences. Journal of Pragmatics, 154, 103-116.

Lent 2021 (via Zoom)
Friday 29th January (12:00-13:00)
Paper: Mustafa, A. R. (2018). Ibn Taymiyyah & Wittgenstein on Language. The Muslim World, 108(3), 465-491.
Guest speaker: Dr Abdul Rahman Mustafa, University of Edinburgh

Friday 19th February (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Hess, L. (2018). Perspectival expressives. Journal of Pragmatics, 129, 13-33.
Guest speaker: Dr Leopold Hess, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Friday 12th March (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Viebahn, E. (2020). Lying with presuppositions. Noûs, 54(3), 731-751.

Easter 2021 (via Zoom)
Friday 21st May (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Viebahn, E. (2020). Ways of using words: On semantic intentions. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 100(1), 93-117.
Guest speaker: Dr Emanuel Viebahn, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)

Friday 4th June (14:00 - 15:00)
Paper: Reichl, I., & Kapogianni, E. (2021). A delicate balance: Irony in the negotiation of refusals. Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, 10(2), 48–74.
Guest speaker: Dr Eleni Kapogianni, University of Kent


Michaelmas 2019
Friday, November 1st, 2019 (15:00 - 16:30)
Papers: King, J. C. 2014. What role do propositions play in our theories? In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds.), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Speaks, J. 2014. What’s wrong with semantic theories which make no use of propositions? In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Friday, November 15th, 2019 (15:00 - 16:30)
Papers: Soames, S. 2014. Why the traditional conceptions of propositions can’t be correct. In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds.), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Soames, S. 2014. Cognitive propositions. In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lent 2020
Friday, 14th February, 2020 (15:00 - 16:30)
Papers: King, J. C. 2014. Naturalized propositions In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Speaks, J. 2014. Propositions are properties of everything or nothing In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Friday, 28th February, 2020 (15:00 - 16:30)
Paper: Jaszczolt, K. M. 2012. Context: Gricean intentions vs. two-dimensional semantics. In: R. Finkbeiner, J. Meibauer and P.B. Schumacher (eds), What is a Context?: Linguistic Approaches and Challenges. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins. 81-104.

Easter 2020
Friday, 1st May, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)
Paper: Popa-Wyatt, M. 2019. Embedding irony and the semantics/pragmatics distinction. Inquiry, 62(6), 674-699.

Friday, 15th May, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)
Paper: Jaszczolt, K. M. 2018. Pragmatic indexicals. In: M. Huang, K. M. Jaszczolt (eds), Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 260.


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