Conference: SuB 19

Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 19 will be hosted at the University of Göttingen, September 15-17 2014.

The invited speakers are
Ashwini Deo (Yale)
Sabine Iatridou (MIT)
Sophia Malamud (Brandeis)
T. Ede Zimmermann (Frankfurt/M.)


Special session: Formal Theories of Meaning Change

Over the past years, there has been a rising interest in the connection between formal theories of semantics/pragmatics and language change. Certain phenomena such as the emergence of functional morphemes and words can be best investigated and understood in terms of semantic theories that allow for an explicit treatment of semantic composition. Another trend in meaning change is the change from situation-dependent meanings to situation-independent meanings, for instance when verbs of possession turn into future markers. Again, this trend can be put to test concisely in intensional semantics, where possible worlds are a visible parameter. The special session aims to intensify exchange between synchronic and diachronic investigations of meaning, and to explore new and fruitful connections.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 15, 2014.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: April 15, 11:59 PM CET.
Notification of acceptance: June 15
Conference dates: September 15-17

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