CfP CoSt18, Düsseldorf, Germany, 12–14 September 2018

Event coming up that touches on MoLiPhi’s issues:

»The DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science (Düsseldorf, Germany) invites abstracts for its biannual conference that aims to cover a broad range of research on language and cognition.

We are especially interested in theoretical, empirical and experimental work exploring the nature of mental representations that support natural language production/understanding, other manifestations of cognition as well as general reasoning about the world. One fundamental question raised in this general topic area is whether the requisite knowledge structures can be adequately modeled by means of a uniform representational format, and if so, what exactly is its nature.«

Invited speakers:

  • Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal (University of California Berkeley)
  • Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR)
  • Peter Hagoort (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
  • Friederike Moltmann (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique)
  • Albert Newen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Kjell Johan Sæbø (University of Oslo)
  • Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussels

Call for Papers:

»Submissions are welcome from any area within cognitive science, including linguistics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Accepted participants will be allotted 30 minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer questions. Accepted participants will be invited to submit their papers for the conference proceedings.

Topics addressed may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Frames, which have had a strong impact on the exploration ofknowledge representations in artificial intelligence, psychology and linguistics: e.g., formal theories of frames (including their modeling by means of DAGs, AVMs), frame semantics and constructions, frame induction, linking frame semantics to truth conditional semantics
  • Concepts and categorization: formation/acquisition of concepts, concept types and shifts, grounding of concepts, prototypes, concept empiricism, conceptual spaces and similarity of concepts, statistical concepts
  • Experimental investigation of mental representation
  • Semantic interpretation and mental representation: the syntax/semantics interface, compositionality, lexical semantic decomposition, (dynamic) representation of aspect and tense, temporal sequencing in discourse«

Deadline for submissions: May 1st, 2018.

Conference date: September 12th-14th, 2018

For more information:

Organizer: DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Workshop on Testing Linguistic Intuitions, Hamburg, Germany, 16–17 March 2018

Interesting event coming up:

Workshop »Testing Linguistic Intuitions« at the University of Hamburg

Tentative schedule:

Friday, March 16th

10:00-11:30 – Josh Knobe
12:00-01:30 – Genoveva Martí
03:00-04:30 – Benjamin Spector
05:00-06:30 – Thomas Weskott

Saturday, March 17

10:00-11:30 – Kevin Reuter
12:00-01:30 – Guillermo Del Pinal
03:00-04:30 – Stephanie Solt
05:00-06:30 – Janice Dowell

The event is jointly organized by the Hamburg Emmy Noether group Ontology after Quine and the DFG project The Semantics and Pragmatics of Knowledge Claims.

Attendance is free, but please register.

Instructions & more information to be found here: <>.

CfP Cracow Workshop in Analytical Philosophy 2017, Krakow, Poland, 7–9 July 2017

Tiny bit late to post this, but maybe you are interested in participating:

»CWAP 2017 is the 2nd edition of workshop devoted to discussion on the main issues of contemporary analytical philosophy in a small but stimulating environment.

The first, 2014, edition dealt with ›normativity‹ as discussed within theory of meaning, belief and knowledge.

The subject of this edition is the problem of philosophical analysis as the method of philosophical inquiry. We welcome contributions both defending and criticizing the method, as well as applying the method to various fields of philosophy, with some focus placed on (although certainly not limited to) social ontology.«

Conference date: July 7th-9th, 2017.

Invited speakers:

  • Christopher Daly (Manchester)
  • Esa Diaz-Leon (Barcelona)
  • Frank Jackson (ANU)
  • Tadeusz Szubka (Szczecin)

Call for Papers:

»We invite submissions of original papers for presentations at the workshop addressing any problems within the broad subject of the workshop. Each application will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process. We offer each successful applicant a 30 minutes long slot for her presentation, which then will be followed by a 15 minutes response by a commentator, and finally by at least 15 minutes of a public discussion.

All information concerning editorial guidelines, deadlines, fees, programme, our speakers and venue will be available on our website on-line («

Deadline for submissions: May 31st, 201.


  • Pawel Banas (Jagiellonian University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Krzysztof Poslajko (Jagiellonian University, Department of Philosophy)

CfP Workshop on Linguistic Intuitions, Evidence, and Expertise, Aarhus, 25-27 October 2017

Another interesting call for papers:

»Linguists working within the generative framework traditionally use intuitive judgements about the well-formedness of utterances (also known as acceptability judgements) as evidence for theories of grammars. Usually, linguists use their own judgements or informally elicit judgements from their colleagues.

In recent years, however, this practice has been criticized for failing to uphold minimal scientific standards. As a result, new, experimental approaches have emerged that have urged the systematic gathering of data from non-linguists.

At this conference we want to bring together linguists and philosophers interested in the methodological foundations of linguistics. In particular, we want to better understand whether linguistic intuitions can legitimately be used as evidence for theories of grammar. How big is the risk of bias and distortion when linguists use their own intuitions? Can the evidential value of linguistic intuitions be improved by systematically studying the intuitions of non-linguists? Or are there good reasons to prefer the judgements of expert linguists? Although we solicit work concerning syntactic intuitions in particular, we also welcome work concerning other kinds of linguistic intuitions.

Conference date: October 25th-27th, 2017.

Confirmed speakers:

  • John Collins
  • Ewa Dabrowska
  • Michael Devitt
  • Sam Featherston
  • Edward (Ted) Gibson
  • Steven Gross
  • Frederick Newmeyer
  • Colin Phillips
  • Georges Rey
  • Carson Schütze
  • Jon Sprouse

Conference website:

Submit your abstract here:

Submission deadline is April 20

CfA Analysis and Explication – Traditional and Contemporary Approaches, Düsseldorf, 20-21 October 2017

Here’s another interesting call:

»Call for Abstracts

Workshop Analysis and explication – traditional and contemporary approaches

Department of Philosophy
Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany

20-21 October 2017

Philosophical analysis is often considered to be synonymous with conceptual analysis, which in turn is usually associated with a kind of a priori probing of word-meaning that operates largely in the spirit of ordinary language philosophy. A standard account construes conceptual analysis as the decomposition of complex concepts into simpler ones. Criticisms pertaining to issues like the paradox of analysis, the very notion of analyticity, the role of a priori reasoning, the origin of linguistic intuition, or the structure of mental representation have all added to undermining confidence in the merits of conceptual analysis. Yet it seems to remain an important part of philosophical practice.
To restrict the notion of philosophical analysis to the decomposition of concepts would, however, provide an incomplete account of the ways analysis has been put to work in the history of philosophy. Even analytic philosophy, the school of thought whose label indicates its favored methodology, arguably originated in a different sort of philosophical practice – namely, attempts to interpret and transform utterances into a more precise type of language, rather than trying to dismember the constituents of thought based on its linguistic appearance. Still other forms of analysis have been influential in ancient philosophy, when the term denoted the search for first causes or last principles.
As far as the clarification of concepts is concerned, explication is sometimes seen as an alternative means. The notion itself, however, is not exempt from ambiguity, nor is it univocally acclaimed as an appropriate part of investigating philosophically interesting concepts. Given our best account of each of them, should analysis and explication be seen as rivals, complementary parts of some whole or basically rather similar approaches to the same end?
The aim of this workshop is to shed light on historical variations of analytical and explicatory methods within and outside of philosophy as well as their current status. We are seeking to combine historical and systematic perspectives on philosophical methodology and to bring together philosophers and scholars from other fields such as linguistics, psychology and neuroscience in order to achieve a more comprehensive representation of possible views on the improvement of conceptual frameworks as a contribution to epistemic progress.

We would like to address questions like:
– Can we expect conceptual analysis to be more than an auxiliary device to clarify word-meaning for a given discourse-context?
– Is the standard account of conceptual analysis even predominant in the history of philosophy?
– Does conceptual analysis rely on unsustainable assumptions about the ontology and structure of concepts?
– To what extent is conceptual analysis a combination of a priori and empirical procedures?
– What is the relation between analysis and explication (as defined/ employed by different authors)?
– Do we make epistemic progress in philosophy via conceptual analysis?
– What are the roles of conceptual analysis and explication outside of philosophy?
– Which ways of clarifying concepts, if any, should be considered the most promising and which are outdated?

The workshop is organized by project A05 “Presuppositions of Frame Theory in the History of Philosophy” in the Collaborative Research Centre 991 “The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition and Science” funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Important dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts (300-500 words): 15 March 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2017
Workshop: 20-21 October 2017
Please submit abstracts in .doc or .pdf format to: ae2017 [AT ] phil DOT hhu DOT de

Organizational team: Christoph Kann, David Hommen, Frauke Albersmeier«

CfA Philosophy Meets Linguistics Workshop, Zurich, June 5-7, 2017

Call for Abstracts and Commentators:

»The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Zurich is organizing a workshop on topics at the intersection between the philosophy of language and linguistics. The workshop will take place at the University of Zurich from Monday, June 5, till Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Invited speakers will be Angelika Kratzer (Amherst), John MacFarlane (Berkeley) and Maribel Romero (Konstanz).

Successful applicants will receive a travel subsidy of 400 CHF (speakers) or 200 CHF (commentators). Presentations should be suitable for a 90 minute slot divided equally between presentation and discussion, started off by a 10 minute commentary. Suitable topics may be anything at the intersection of the philosophy of language and linguistics.

They include but are not limited to:

  • The syntax and semantics of that-clauses
  • the semantics/pragmatics interface
  • quantification in natural language
  • modals
  • conditionals
  • questions under discussion
  • presuppositions
  • implicatures
  • dynamic semantics
  • situation semantics
  • theories of propositions
  • context sensitivity
  • assessment relativity

[…] The workshop is funded by the Marie Gretler Stiftung.«

Speakers: submission due March 17, 2017.
Commentators: submission due April 2, 2017.

Details regarding submissions to be found at <>.

X-Phi UK Announces Conference on Alternative Methods

The 8th annual conference of the Experimental Philosophy Group UK has just been announced. The title is »Alternative Methods in Experimental Philosophy: Beyond the Questionnaire«. A perfect opportunity to present work based on linguistic methods.

The conference will take place at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, on 15-16 July 2017. Details will be posted on Deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 7 April 2017.

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