Fuji Women's University:

One-day workshop on contextualisms

Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2006 Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Keynote Speaker: Marina Sbisa (University of Trieste), and others (call for papers due July 20, 2006)

Description:
We are pleased to announce a one-day workshop on Contextualisms at Fuji Women's University (Sapporo) September 16, 2006 (Sat). The Keyonte Speaker is Marina Sbisa (Keynote Speech: 'Contextualism: cognitive or objective?'). We invite papers for talks of 25 minutes + 15 minutes discussion on any topic related to the workshop topic, 'Contextualisms'.
Contextualisms The fact that the truth of various kinds of sentences appears to vary with context has been explained, or explained away, in diverse ways, ranging from moderate to radical semantic contextualism, from speech act pluralism to rejection of the notion of semantic content. In this workshop, we propose to focus on contextualist explanations and on the questions, of interest to both philosophers and linguists, that stem from their critical consideration, such as: Is there convincing evidence for semantic contextualism? Is any non-contextualist explanation of the data more adequate than contextualist ones? Are there substantial differences or not among contextualist approaches to semantics? How do contextualist approaches affect the received truth-conditional and compositional view of meaning? How is the context-sensitivity of lexical meaning to be dealt with in lexical semantics? What relationship is there in contextualist approaches between linguistic meaning and thought? Do contextualist approaches to semantics entail relativism? How should context be defined and delimited?

Authors should submit an anonymous abstract of 2 pages together with a separate page specifying the authors' name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address. Submissions must be in English, which is the workshop language. We will accept e-mail submissions in Word, rtf, or pdf, or plain paper abstracts (three copies). Electronic submission is greatly encouraged.

The deadline for submissions is July 20, 2006, and notification of acceptance can be expected around August 1, 2006. Abstracts should be sent to: engdept@fujijoshi.ac.jp (your message title should be 'workshop on contextualisms ') or to: Department of English Language and Culture, Fuji Women 's University, Kita 16 Nishi 2, Kita-ku, Sapporo, 001-0016. You can find further information at: http://dept.fujijoshi.ac.jp/modules/t4/

Organization: Department of English Language and Culture, Fuji Women's University (Fuji Women's University)

Cost: free

Venue: Department of English Language and Culture, Fuji Women's University, Kita 16 Nishi 2, Kita-ku, Sapporo

Location: Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

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