Update 3/12/20: ELM postponed until (at least) September (tentative plan for around 9/22-24; TBC, do not book travel at this point!)
As the COVID-19 global health crisis is unfolding, we have been assessing our options for ELM. Given that we still have ample time to make adjustments, we much prefer to have an actual conference at a later date (rather thang having to go virtual last minute or cancel). And there is simply too much uncertainty around travel between now and June to allow for everyone to make plans in a reasonable and timely way.

Consequently, we are working on postponing ELM to September, tentatively to (around) September 22-24. Details are still work in progress, but we wanted to alert everyone sooner rather than later of this development. Presenters should let us know if that timing presents any hardships or means that they are unable to attend. We may be able to consider virtual presentations for those who cannot make it. We will share further details with all presenters as they take shape.

We are excited to announce the first Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (ELM*) conference to be held at the University of Pennsylvania on June 10-12, 2020. The conference is dedicated to the experimental study of linguistic meaning broadly construed, with a focus on theoretical issues in semantics and pragmatics, their interplay with other components of the grammar, their relation to language processing and acquisition, as well as their connections to human cognition and computation. It aims to include representation of linguistic, psychological, logical, philosophical, social, developmental, computational, as well as cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives.

Invited Speakers:

David Barner
(Psychology and Linguistics, UCSD )

Suzi Lima
(Linguistics, University of Toronto)

Jonathan Phillips
(Cognitive Science, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Philosophy, Dartmouth)

Maribel Romero
(Linguistics, University of Konstanz)

The experimental study of meaning in language draws on a broad spectrum of disciplines, topics, and methodologies, and ELM reflects this diversity in its scope. We plan to hold ELM biennially to foster the interdisciplinary study of meaning, and to create a community of scholars that might not otherwise meet and interact with each other with regularity. We encourage researchers from around the world to submit their recent work to ELM1, and to attend in order to discuss the latest theories and data in the cognitive science of meaning broadly construed.

The University of Pennsylvania is home to a vibrant interdisciplinary community that studies language and meaning across several departments. ELM acknowledges support from Penn’s Integrated Language Sciences and Technology (ILST) Initiative; mindCORE, Penn’s hub for the integrative study of the mind; and Penn’s Department of Linguistics.

Philadelphia is a UNESCO World Heritage City with great history, culture, restaurants and museums. Most major points of interest are within walking distance of the conference location.


Florian Schwarz: florians@sas.upenn.edu

Anna Papafragou: anna4@sas.upenn.edu

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*By coincidence, two conferences with the acronym ELM were conceived of at the same time. If you’re looking for our friends at the other ELM, click here: Expression, Language, Music (ELM 2020)