[FOM] CFP Workshop on questions

Ileana Comorovski Ileana.Comorovski at univ-nancy2.fr
Mon Feb 23 08:19:44 EST 2004

                         2nd Call for Papers

               (submission deadline modified: MARCH 15)

       Workshop: Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions
                          August 9-13, 2004


Organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language, and
       Information (ESSLLI), August 9-20, 2004 in Nancy, France

Workshop organizers:
- Ileana Comorovski, Université Nancy 2 (comorovski at univ-nancy2.fr)
- Manfred Krifka, Humboldt-Universität & Zentrum für Allgemeine
  Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin (krifka at zas.gwz-berlin.de)

Workshop Purpose:
The investigation of questions has deepened our understanding of
syntax (e.g. the constraints on syntactic dependencies), of semantics
(e.g., the representation of non-declarative information) and of
pragmatics (e.g., the nature of speech acts). However, researchers
often took little notice of research on questions (and answers) in
adjacent fields. For example, syntacticians interested in multiple
constituent questions were unaware of the interpretation of different
types of multiple questions, and semanticists disregarded important
pragmatic factors like speaker bias.  This workshop tries to bring
together researchers that transcend such boundaries. The goal is to
gain not only a more profound understanding of questions, but of the
interaction of syntax, semantics and pragmatics in general.

Workshop Topics:
We invite contributions on typologically diverse languages, on
problems that draw on insights across sub-disciplines; a
non-exhaustive list of relevant phenomena is given below:
- multiple questions
- alternative questions
- embedded questions
- quantification into questions
- exhaustive and non-exhaustive questions
- biased questions
- questions and information structure: discourse-linking, topic, focus.
- echo questions
- intonation in sentences with interrogative interpretation
- theoretically relevant diachronic changes

Analyses of questions in context and of question-answer pairs are
particularly welcome.

Submission details:
We invite the submission of two-page anonymous abstracts for 20-minute
presentations (followed by ten minutes of discussion) to the following

esslli at univ-nancy2.fr

Please write "ESSLLI questions workshop" in the subject heading and
the following information in the body of the message: title of paper,
author's name, affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number, and
postal address.  Abstracts may be sent as attached files in PDF format
(preferred), in RTF format, as plain text, or in MS Word format. The
accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by

Invited speakers:
- Chris Barker (San Diego)
- Joachim Sabel (Brussels)
- Robert van Rooy (Amsterdam)

Workshop program committee:
The workshop organizers and the invited speakers.

Important dates:
- Submission deadline: MARCH 15, 2004
- Notification: April 19, 2004
- ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2004
- Preliminary program: April 23, 2004
- Final papers for proceedings: May 15, 2004

Local arrangements/Financial aid:
All workshop partipants will be required to register for ESSLLI. The
registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the
early student/workshop speaker registration fee, if done before May 1,
2004.  Otherwise, it will correspond to the student/workshop speaker
registration fee. A number of fee waiver grants will be made available
by the ESSLLI Organizing Committee on a competitive basis and workshop
participants are eligible to apply for those. Workshop speakers who
have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local organizing
committee to ask for the possibility for a grant. ESSLLI offers no
reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation.

The workshop organizers are likely to be able to (partially) reimburse
the ESSLLI fee and/or to (partially) fund the travel expenses of a
limited number of workshop speakers.

This workshop is partly sponsored by the Universit? Nancy 2, ATILF
(Analyse et traitement informatique de la langue fran?aise), and the
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) through the project "Syntax and
Semantics of Questions and Answers", at the ZAS, Berlin.

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