Pervasive context: ramifications and next directions.

Dates: Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th June 2016
Master classes: Friday 24th June 2016

Location: University of Reading, UK 

This conference will examine the wider implications of pervasive context-sensitivity and the possible directions for future research. Some indicative questions which may be explored at the conference include:

  1. How do different approaches to pervasive context-sensitivity fit with accounts of cognitive impairment? Do theories of cognitive impairment provide empirical support for, or raise problems for, extant theories of context-sensitivity?
  2. Should an account of pervasive context-sensitivity also provide an account of metaphor and other non-literal uses of language?
  3. How should we take debates about pervasive context-sensitivity forward? What aspects of debate are open to empirical investigation and in what way? How does the debate about pervasive context impact on cognate areas, such as computational modelling of language understanding?
  4. Is the debate deepened by bringing to bear research and intuitions from those working with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds?

Invited speakers:

To be announced.

Call for papers:

Submissions are welcomed on any issues connected to the project theme of pervasive context-sensitivity in natural language.

  • For Conference 1: 'Pervasive context: the problems and the solutions', papers which discuss foundational issues or which advance understanding of extant positions may be given preference.
  • For Conference 2: 'Pervasive context: ramifications and next directions', papers discussing the implications of pervasive context for typical and non-typical language development, specific empirical applications of extant programmes, or future directions for research are particularly welcome.

All papers will be evaluated for their originality, quality, potential impact or reach, and relevance to the conference. For each conference, up to four papers will be selected through open competition.

For papers selected through open competition, the project is able to contribute to the travel and accommodation costs for speakers. Contributions are expected to be in the region of 50% of total costs, but the precise level of support can unfortunately only be confirmed after 31st July 2015.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of full papers: 1st May 2015
Author notification: by 31st July 2015 (the committee will aim to inform those accepted for Conference 1: 'Pervasive-Context: the problems and the solutions' prior to this date if at all possible).

Submission process:

Only electronic papers (Word or pdfs) will be accepted for review. Papers should be prepared for blind review (title page with author information should be submitted together with an anonymized version of the paper as separate documents) and should be suitable for presentation in 40-45 minutes. Please submit your paper as an email attachment, prior to the deadline, to:

Please include full contact details and affiliation on a separate first page of your submission. These details will be removed prior to the review process, which will be double-blind.

If you have any questions about the conference or the submission process, please send your query via email to the above address.

Master Class Programme:

10:00-11:00: presentation 1

11:00-12:00: presentation 2

12:00-14:00: lunch

14:00-15:00: presentation 4

15:00-16:00: presentation 5

16:00-16:15: short break 

16:15-17:00: informal discussion

Conference Programme: Day 1

Time Event Title
9:00-9:30 Registration  
9:30-11:00 Paper 1  
11:00-11:30 Coffee break  
11:30-13:00 Paper 2  
13:00-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:30  Paper 3  
15:30-15:45 Short break  
15:45-17:15 Paper 4  
17:15-17:45 Coffee break  
17:45-19:15 Paper 5  
  Conference dinner  


Day 2

Time Event Title
9:30-11:00 Paper 6  
11:00-11:30 Coffee break  
11:30-13:00 Paper 7  
13:00-14:00 Lunch   
14:00-15:30 Paper 8  
15:30-15:45 Short break  
15:45-17:15 Paper 9  


Registration and Accommodation:

Full details of how to register for the conference and for accommodation will be posted on this site nearer the time of the event.

Contact us

Professor Emma Borg

Local organisers
Jumbly Grindrod

Guanglong Luo

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