The second edition of the Brussels conference on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models will take place on July19-21, 2008. While the first edition addressed the issue of the semantics/pragmatics interface from a cognitive perspective, this time we wish to adopt a broader perspective. The conference aims at reaching across disciplinary boundaries and bringing together researchers who, though belonging to different schools or traditions, all take a view of interpretation that is informed by cognitive concerns. We are convinced that a better understanding of how utterances come to be endowed with meaning calls for collaboration between various subfields of linguistics — syntax, formal semantics, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, evolutionary linguistics —, as well as with other disciplines, such as developmental and cognitive psychology, cognitive sciences, and philosophy of language. However, whatever the theoretical background and the empirical phenomena to be accounted for, in our view the ultimate test for any theory of utterance interpretation is that it should be psychologically plausible. We hope that the second conference on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models will help popularize this idea.
Abstract submissions:
In addition to keynote lectures, the conference will feature parallel sessions with contributed papers. We welcome submissions of abstracts for 25-minute papers that focus on the cognitive underpinnings of utterance interpretation or, conversely, address the implications that theories of any aspect of utterance interpretation can have for cognitive science. We also welcome papers from scholars who study utterance interpretation in connection with language development, impaired communication, non-verbal communication and non-human communication. Abstracts will be anonymously refereed by members of the program committee.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: April 15, 2008
Abstract format:
  1.    Only electronic submissions are accepted.
  2.  Abstracts should be submitted to the email address:, with the following subject line: ''Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models 2''.
  3.  The abstracts should be sent as an attachment to an email message, in either MS Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf ) format
  4.  The length of the submissions is a maximum of two A4 sides, using 2,5 cm (1 inch) margins and a 12 pt font. Each abstract should clearly indicate the title of the talk, and may include references. In the interest of fairness these constraints will be strictly enforced.
  5.  The abstracts should be prepared for blind review, and include no indication of the name(s) of the author(s). Only anonymous abstracts will be considered.
  6.  The body of the email message should contain the following information: The name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, title of the paper and contact details (postal and email address).
  7.  A maximum of one submission as author, and one as co-author will be considered