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Full Title: Non-At-Issue Meaning and Information Structure

Short Title: NAIS
Location: Oslo, Norway, Norway
Start Date: 08-May-2017 - 10-May-2017
Contact: Pritty Patel-Grosz
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Meeting Description: Non-at-issue meaning, such as presuppositions and conventional implicatures (cf. Potts 2015 for a recent discussion), and information structural phenomena, such as topic, focus and givenness (cf. Krifka 2008), are topics in their own right that have often been investigated independently from each other. However, recent approaches to discourse and information structure (such as Simons et al. 2011, Tonhauser et al. 2013, and Beaver et al. to appear) have shifted the focus onto the connection between (non-)at-issueness and an implicit or explicit Question Under Discussion (QUD, see Roberts 1996, 2012, Büring 2003).

We propose a workshop that aims at bringing together current research on different interactions between non-at-issue meaning (in particular, presuppositions and conventional implicatures) and information structure (i.e. topic, focus and givenness). In this workshop, we explicitly focus on the interconnectedness of these fields of research (cf. Sæbø 2016). We aim at a discussing them beyond (but not excluding) much-exploited connections (such as the analysis of prosodic focus or sentential background as presupposition triggers).

Invited Speakers:

Sigrid Beck (University of Tübingen)
Regine Eckardt (University of Konstanz)
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt University)
Craige Roberts (Ohio State University)
Kjell Johan Sæbø (University of Oslo)
Kriszta Szendroi (University College London)


Dag Haug (University of Oslo)
Nicholas Allott (University of Oslo)
Cathrine Fabricius Hansen (University of Oslo)
Atle Grønn (University of Oslo)
Nadine Bade (University of Tübingen)
Elena Callegari (University of Oslo)

Panel Discussion:

Nadine Bade (University of Tübingen)
Kjell Johan Sæbø (University of Oslo)
Pritty Patel-Grosz & Patrick Grosz (University of Oslo)
Per Erik Solberg (University of Oslo)
Uli Sauerland (ZAS)
Matthew Gotham (University of Oslo)


Nadine Bade (University of Tuebingen)
Patrick Grosz (University of Oslo)
Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Oslo)
Uli Sauerland (ZAS)
Linguistic Subfield: Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 27.4570

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