Talks in Linguistics at Western this Fall

All Talks in University Campus Centre, Room 61, unless noted otherwise.

October 23rd, 2:00pm
Rob Stainton, University of Western Ontario
“Contextualism and Relevance Theory”
October 30th, 2:00pm
Mercedes Tubino-Blanco, Western Michigan University
“Dative subjects in Spanish”

November 6th, 2:00pm
Christen Allen, University of Western Ontario
“Applicative Structure in Wolof”

November 10th, 12:00pm, Room SH 3355
Harold Torrence, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Title TBA.

November 20th, 3:00pm, Room 3B15, A&H Building
Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa
(Talk organized by the Transatlantic Studies Seminar for Hispanic Studies, MLL)


Call for Papers: PLM (Philosophy of Language and Mind)

PLM is a European network of centres, institutes and departments with a strong commitment to the philosophy of language and philosophy of mind (see PLM organises conferences, master classes and internal workshops. PLM was formed in 2010 and now has the following members (representative on the PLM committee given in brackets):

Third PLM Conference

Every two years PLM organises a conference on the philosophy of language and philosophy mind. The third PLM conference will take place at the CSMN in Oslo, 11-13 September 2015.

Keynote Speakers are:

– Herman Cappelen (Arche, St.Andrews and CSMN, Oslo)

– Kathrin Glüer (Stockholm University)

– Chris Gauker (University of Salzburg)

– Michiel van Lambalgen (University of Amsterdam)

– Frédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

Call for Papers

The conference welcomes contributed papers in the areas of philosophy of language (widely construed, including philosophical logic) and philosophy of mind. Contributed papers will be allocated 40 minutes, including 10-15 minutes for discussion.

Submission of Abstracts

The organizers invite submissions of abstracts for presentation at the conference. Abstracts should be anonymous, not more than two pages of A4, and submitted as a .pdf file.

Please attach the abstract to an email in the body of which you specify the name of the corresponding author, her/his affiliation, and the title of the talk.

Submissions should be send to

Deadline: Friday, 3rd April 2015.

Results of the selection will be communicated no later than Monday, 8th June 2015.

Possible Publication of Selected Papers:

Synthese has published a special issue with papers from the first conference (Volume 190, Issue 10, July 2013), and a Synthese special issue with papers from the second conference is forthcoming. A similar special issue of Synthese with papers from the third conference will be considered, to which a number of speakers (selected from both the keynote and submitted presentations) will be invited to contribute.

Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research (WISSLR)

Call For Abstracts

**Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 23rd, 2015**

The Graduate Program in Linguistics at the University of Western Ontario is pleased to present the Seventh Annual Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research (WISSLR), to be held March 20-21, 2015. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the Masters program at Western, we are pleased to invite students of all levels to submit abstracts on original research on language from a range of disciplinary approaches. Topics may come from such areas as Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Communication Disorders, Natural Language Processing, Linguistic Anthropology, Linguistic Interfaces, Philosophy of Language, and much more.

The symposium will be held at the University of Western Ontario. There is an opportunity for offsite presentations via Blackboard Collaborate software. Each participant will have 15 minutes for their presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion. For the first time WISSLR will also be including a poster session. Students interested in presenting a poster can indicate this preference below. Students of all levels are encouraged to participate. Works in progress are welcome.

Abstracts of no more than one page (plus a separate page for bibliography) can be submitted to by Friday January 23, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, January 30, 2015. Please send your anonymous abstract as an attachment including your name, academic affiliation, email, title and any additional information. Please indicate your preference to present via poster or oral presentation (or both) at the top of your abstract. There are a limited number of spots available for off-site presenters, so preference for online presentations will be given to international candidates.

For additional information, please visit or email

Conference Theme: Interdisciplinary Language Research

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Tania Granadillo in the Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario

IV Workshop on Philosophy and Cognitive Science: Buenos Aires, Argentina. November 12th-14th, 2014


IV Encuentro de Filosofía y Ciencia Cognitiva

Invited speakers

Dorit Bar-On (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

John Collins (University of East Anglia)

Hanne De Jaegher (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU)

 Based on the idea that empirical research illuminates philosophical problems about the mind while philosophical reflection contributes to the development of theories in cognitive science, this workshop aims to create a biennial forum to discuss problems that lie at the intersection of philosophy and cognitive science. Examples of relevant topics are, inter alia, mental representations, cognitive architecture, concepts, perception, innatism, consciousness, and self-knowledge. Preference will be given to submissions from different philosophical perspectives (i.e. philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science, phenomenology, etc.) as well as the disciplines that constitute cognitive science (i.e. psychology, linguistics, etc.) which deal directly with these issues.

 We invite all those interested to send in submissions for 40-minute presentations in English or Spanish –including discussion. Submissions should take the form of a 1500-word abstract presenting the main argument. Submissions should be sent by e-mail in an attached .doc, .pdf or .rtf file to Authors’ names and affiliation should be given only in the text of the e-mail message. The abstracts will be blind reviewed by the academic committee. The committee reserves the right to request the full paper, if necessary.

 Deadline for reception of submissions:  August 1, 2014

Notification of acceptance/rejection: September 15, 2014

 The talks of the invited speakers will be given in English. There is no registration fee for speakers.

 Venue: Argentine Society for Philosophical Analysis, Bulnes 642, City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 Organizing Committee: Liza Skidelsky (Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET), Diana Pérez (Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET), Diego Lawler (CONICET), Nicolás Serrano (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Federico Burdman (Universidad de Buenos Aires-ANPCyT), Joel Lorenzatti (CONICET).

 Academic Committee: Ignacio Ávila (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Manuel de Pinedo (Universidad de Granada), Maite Ezcurdia (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), André Leclerc (Universidade Federal do Ceará), Francisco Pereira (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile), Pablo Quintanilla (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), Rob Stainton (The University of Western Ontario), Jesús Vega Encabo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

 For further information, please see the SADAF website at, or contact us at