Call For Papers

IndiPRAG Workshop – Call for Papers

Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany, 18-19 September, 2023

Experimental research in pragmatics and discourse processing has consistently found that not all comprehenders behave the same: while some seem to draw rich pragmatic inferences, others respond in a way that is more consistent with a literal interpretation (Fairchild & Papafragou, 2021; Mayn & Demberg, 2022). Similarly for discourse inference, experiments have found differences with respect to the sensitivity to discourse cues and the readiness for discourse predictions between participants (Scholman, Demberg & Sanders, 2020; Tskhovrebova, Zufferey & Gygax, 2022).  

This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in exploring individual differences at the level of pragmatics and discourse, as well as methods for relating those differences to cognitive properties, and approaches for modelling the mechanism driving the individual differences effects. 

IndiPRAG Workshop invites submissions of abstracts addressing the following questions: 

  • To what extent do pragmatic processing and discourse inferences differ between individuals? 

  • How consistent are interpretation biases across different types of pragmatic implicatures? 

  • What individual difference measures are particularly suitable for measuring IDs related to pragmatic processing? 

  • How can we computationally model individual differences in discourse and pragmatics? 

  • What statistical methods are best suited to identifying latent groups of participants and relating ID measures to task performance?

Workshop dates: September 18th (all day) and 19th (morning).

Formatting guidelines:
The abstracts must not exceed 1000 words for the text (excl. captions), 10000 characters for references, 2 figures.
Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format, with 2.54 cm margins on all sides and 12 point font size, single-spaced.
Please indicate up to three appropriate keywords for your abstract, which will be used for session planning. 

Abstracts must be written in English and should include a clear title but no information revealing the author(s). 

We welcome submissions for work that is being considered by other conferences, workshops, or journals.

Templates for abstracts (.doc) (latex).

Submissions should be handed in via easychair

Submission deadline: May 1st, 2023 

How to submit: Abstracts should be submitted through Easychair. Authors should first log in to their account, or create a new account if you don’t have on already. After logging in, click on new submission and follow the instructions on the page. 

Contact: indiprag(at)lst.uni-saarland.de