Rationality, Probability, and Pragmatics

May 25, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

Schützenstraße 18
Berlin D-10117


Niki Pfeifer
MCMP, LMU Munich
Uli Sauerland
Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin

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CFP: “Rationality, Probability, and Pragmatics” (ZAS Berlin, May 25-27, 2016)


This international workshop brings together linguists, philosophers, and psychologists to study interactions among rationality frameworks, uncertainty, pragmatic phenomena, and cognition. The aim is to critically discuss how recent psychological and philosophical theories of rational reasoning and experimental pragmatics can benefit from each other. Specifically, the goals of the workshop include (but are not limited):

1) to identify and discuss phenomena of common interest such as conditional sentences
2) to identify common theoretical issues such as coherence, prior likelihoods in iterated models, or probabilistic explanations of pragmatic phenomena
3) to debate the advantages/disadvantages of different formal approaches used for both reasoning and pragmatics.

The workshop will consist of two half days with four invited talks each and one day with submitted papers and posters.

Invited Speakers:

Guy Politzer, Paris
Mike Oaksford, London
Niki Pfeifer, München
Ralph Hertwig, Berlin
Ira Noveck, Lyon
Nicole Gotzner & Anton Benz, Berlin
Michael Franke, Tübingen
Jesse Snedeker, Harvard (t.b.c.)


We invite submissions for 25 minute (+ 15 minutes for questions) talks and for poster presentations. Abstracts should be one page (letter or A4 paper size, 11 pt font, 1 inch/2.5 cm margins) long with an additional page for figures, tables, formulas, examples, and references. Submit your abstract in PDF or TXT format via EasyChair at


Important dates:

March 15, 2016: abstract submission deadline
Early April: acceptance notices
May 25 (morning): arrival
May 27 (evening): departure


Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin


Uli Sauerland (Berlin) and Niki Pfeifer (München)

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