Go Figure 2013 - Understanding Figures of Speech
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Understanding figurative speech is a topic that interests philosophers, linguists, psychologists and AI-researchers alike. While interesting in and of itself its further appeal lies partly in the challenges that figurative meanings raise for standard propositional models of meaning. It raises, for example, particular problems in debates on the semantics/pragmatics distinction, and on the semantics of propositional attitudes. Today, the area has flourished. Much has been written on the question of how we understand figures of speech such as metaphor, metonymy, and irony, and whether the type of meaning involved is a matter of 'saying' or rather of 'implicating'. Research on these topics continues to be the focus of a large community of philosophers, linguists, and increasingly of AI-researchers.
This workshop aims to provide a forum for discussion on figurative speech, theories of it, and their broader implications. It will provide an opportunity to reflect, via invited talks and informal discussions, on the state of art, and to encourage new thinking about less well explored topics.
Day 1: June 20th
9.15 Registration and Coffee
9.40 Introduction and Welcome
9.45 Mitchell Green: Learning from Metaphors
11.00 Anne Bezuidenhout: Categories and analogies
13.00 Stephen Schiffer: Figures of Speech
14.15 Ofra Magidor: Category mistakes and figurative language
15.45 Emma Borg: Figurative meaning and the semantics/pragmatics divide
17.00 John Barnden: Metaphorical Attitudes
18.15 Reflective Summary of Day 1: Guy Longworth
Day 2: June 21st
9.30 Late registration and Coffee
9.45 Larry Horn: Lie-Toe-Tease: Double negatives and unexcluded middles
11.00 Catherine Wearing: TBA
13.00 Deirdre Wilson: Figurative Utterances and Speaker’s Meaning
14.15 Stephen Neale: Speaker’s Meaning and Figurative Utterances
15.45 Stephen Barker: The Said and the Unsaid meets Figuration
17.00 Mihaela Popa: Embedded Irony, Speech-acts, and the Said/Unsaid distinction
18.15 Reflective summary of Day 2: Robyn Carston
We are happy to announce that we can offer a small number of Analysis bursaries to for graduate students from outside London to attend Go Figure. For those interested please send a CV and a short description of your research interests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We gratefully acknowledge support from: Institute of Philosophy London, Mind Association, British Society of Aesthetics, Analysis, and Leverhulme Trust.
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