August 15th - 26th, 2016
Host Institution: University of Tübingen
Coordinating Institution: DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)
The traditional linguistic research asks what the meaning of linguistic expressions is. Newer approaches, however, draw attention to the question of how the meaning of natural language arises. The DGfS Summer School Mapping Meaning: Theory – Cognition – Variation would like to follow this new perspective by focusing on the dynamics and adaptivity of linguistic meaning. Taking up these key issues of the Collaborative Research Center 833 in Tübingen, the summer school aims at providing an inspiring forum for discussing the meaning constitution of natural language from theoretically and methodologically different points of view.
The Summer School is co-organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), the Collaborative Research Center 833 (SFB 833), the Research Training Group 1808 (GRK 1808) and the Forum Scientiarum in Tübingen.
Minimum Education Level: Advanced students (Ph.D. or M.A. level, advanced B.A. student)
Renowned researchers from Germany, Europe and the United States will offer a total of 18 courses. The language of instruction will be English. The courses are assigned to three thematic areas – Theory, Cognition, and Variation.
The courses in the thematic area Theory (A1-A6) focus on the formal modelling of natural language meaning and its theoretical foundations. The following courses will be offered:
A1 (Gottfried Vosgerau) The metaphysics of meaning
A2 (Nicholas Asher) Formal and distributional lexical semantics A3 (Sebastian Löbner) Frame theory and semantics
A4 (Daniel Altshuler) Temporal interpretation of narrative discourse: Exploring the interaction between prominence and coherence
A5 (Katharina Hartmann) Information structure: Intonation and meaning A6 (Jana Bressem & Ellen Fricke) Gesture, grammar and cognition: a multi-modal approach to language use
The courses in the thematic area Cognition (B1-B6) focus on the acquisition and the processing of natural language meaning. The following courses will be offered:
B1 (Petra Schulz) Acquisition of semantics
B2 (Berry Claus) Concepts and word meanings: Representational and processing issues
B3 (Michael Wagner) Prosody and incremental processing
B4 (Lyn Frazier) Processing at the syntax-discourse interface
B5 (Oliver Bott) Psycholinguistic work on coercion: Resolving compositional conflicts during online comprehension
B6 (Barbara Dancygier) Cognitive poetics: Exploring literary nuts and bolts through linguistic analysis
The topic of the courses in the area Variation (C1-C6) is the wealth of variation of natural language meaning, as it arises based on diverse historical, language-specific, social, and medial conditions. The following courses will be offered:
C1 (Remus Gergel) Anything goes in semantic change? Using data, compositionality and the interfaces towards a restrictive theory
C2 (Thomas Jügel) Perfect mapping: Typological similarities and variations of the perfect across languages
C3 (Gemma Barberà) The meaning of space in sign language: Conveying reference in a different language modality
C4 (Sally McConnell-Ginet) Meaning, society, and power
C5 (Cedric Boeckx) The descent of meaning: Primate semantics, with Modification
C6 (Christina Unger) Computational approaches to meaning
For further information (including abstracts of the offered courses) see
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics, General Linguistics, Linguistics & Literature, Linguistic Theories, Philosophy of Language, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics
Tuition: between 240 EUR and 335 EUR, accommodation is not included, see http://www.sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de/ev/dgfs-summer-school-2016-sfb-833/registration.html for details
Registration: Early bird registration until 1-Jun-2016; regular registration until 15-Jul-2016
E-Mail: dgfssummerschool @sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de
Registration instructions: See http://www.sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de/ev/dgfs-summer-school-2016-sfb-833/registration.html for registration details.
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We are looking forward to seeing you at the DGfS Summer School "Mapping Meaning" in Tübingen!
The Organizers of the Summer School