CUNY Pragmatics Workshop: Relevance, Games, & Communication

OCT 14, 2014 | 9:15 AM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




October 14, 2014: 9:15 AM




CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant CIRG# 2033, the Program in Philosophy, the John H Kornblith Fund


Tuesday, October 14 (Room 9206)

9:15    Coffee

9:30    Rohit Parikh (CUNY)  “Grice, Hoare and Nash: contributions to pragmatics from game theory and program semantics”

10:30    Anton Benz (ZAS, Berlin)  “Implicature in complex sentences from a game-theoretic perspective”

11:30 Coffee Break

11:45    Peter Godfrey-Smith (CUNY)  “What do generalizations of the Lewis signaling model tell us about information and meaning?”

12:45    Lunch

1:45    Prashant Parikh (CUNY)  “Deriving illocutionary meaning”

2:45    Student Presentations:

Ignacio Ojea (Columbia)  “Credibility and the stability of what is conveyed”

Todd Stambaugh (CUNY)  “Implicatures, etchings, and coffee”

Cagil Tasdemir (CUNY)  “Influencing behavior by influencing beliefs”

3:45     Coffee

4:15     Ariel Rubinstein & Jacob Glazer (Tel Aviv/NYU)  “A model of persuasion with a boundedly rational agent”

5:30     Reception

7:00     Speakers’ dinner


Wednesday, October 15 (Room 9207)

9:15     Coffee

9:30     Daniel Harris (CUNY)   “Act-theoretic semantics for pragmatics”

10:30    Larry Horn (Yale)  “Trivial pursuits: on being orderly”

11:30    Coffee Break

11:45    Stephen Neale (CUNY)  “All meaning is natural meaning?”

12:45    Lunch

1:45     Robyn Carston (UCL)  “Systematicity, optionality and relevance”

2:45     Student Presentations

Elmar Unnsteinsson (CUNY)  “The pragmatics of malapropisms”

Marilynn Johnson (CUNY)  “Why we implicate: revising Pinker’s game-theoretic proposal”

Jesse Rappaport (CUNY)  “Parsimony in linguistic theorizing: a double-edged razor”

3:45     Coffee Break

4:15     Keynote Talk & Philosophy Colloquium

Deirdre Wilson (UCL/Oslo)  “Explaining Metonymy”

6:00     Reception

7:30     Speakers’ dinner

The CUNY Pragmatics Workshop is funded by a CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant (CIRG# 2033) with additional support from the Program in Philosophy and the John H Kornblith Fund.