Conference: SuB 25 (virtual)

11 May 2020: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to foresee at the moment where things will stand in September. We have decided to move the conference to an online format (consequently, there will be no participation fees!). We will post further information here in due course.

Sinn und Bedeutung 25 is co-hosted by the Linguistics department at University College London (UCL) and the Linguistics department at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), London, UK, on 3–5 September 2020 with special sessions on 2 September 2020.

The conference will include a 3-day main session and two 1-day special sessions on the topics of gestures and natural language semantics, and cross-linguistic variation and natural language semantics.

Conference website:

Invited speakers (main session):
Ana Arregui (UMass Amherst)
Lisa Bylinina (Leiden)
Clemens Mayr (Göttingen)

Important dates:
Abstract submission deadline: Sunday 1 March, 2020 (23:59 Central European Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance: early June, 2020
Special sessions: 2 September 2020
Main session: 3-5 September, 2020

Organizers:: Luisa Martí (QMUL), Hazel Pearson (QMUL) and Yasu Sudo (UCL)

Call for papers for the main session

We invite abstract submissions for oral and/or poster presentations on topics pertaining to natural language semantics, pragmatics, the syntax-semantics interface, psycho- and neurolinguistics of meaning, and the philosophy of language. There are two special themed sessions (see the link for more information), taking place on Wednesday 2 September 2020 at Queen Mary University London. The main session will be held at UCL on 3–5 September.

Abstracts should be anonymous and must not exceed two pages (letter size or A4 paper, 2.5cm or 1 inch margins on all sides, 12 point font), including examples and references. Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format via EasyChair by Sunday 1 March 2020 (23:59 Central European Standard Time). Please note that abstract submission for the special sessions will open separately.

Abstracts should contain original research that, at the time of submission, has neither been published nor accepted for publication. One person can submit at most one abstract as sole author and one abstract as co-author (or two co-authored abstracts), for the main session and the special sessions combined. Main session submissions can, of course, be on the topic of one of the special sessions, and will be given full consideration. Authors will be asked to specify at the time of submission their preference for their abstract to be considered for a talk (35+10 minutes) and/or a poster.