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Workshop: Bilateral Approaches to Meaning
20 June 2019 - 22 June 2019
Bilateral approaches to meaning
Workshop organized by the project EXPRESS: From the Expression of
Disagreement to New Foundations for Expressivist Semantics
20 – 22 June 2019
University of Amsterdam and Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
Supported by the European Research Council under the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no.
Maria Aloni (ILLC, Amsterdam)
Teresa Marques (Logos, Barcelona)
Greg Restall (Melbourne)
David Ripley (Monash)
Lucas Rosenblatt (Buenos Aires)
David Beisecker (Nevada)
Sebastian Speitel (UC San Diego)
Peter Hawke and Shane Steinert-Threlkeld (ILLC, Amsterdam)
Leïla Bussière (ILLC, Amsterdam)
Luca Incurvati and Julian Schloeder (ILLC, Amsterdam)
Traditional semantics gives the meaning of expressions in terms of
conditions on one kind of primitive (e.g. truth, assertion, belief).
Bilateral approaches hold that the meaning of expressions is
characterized in terms of conditions on two, usually opposite
primitives (e.g. truth and falsity, assertion and rejection, belief
and disbelief). Recent years have witnessed the independent
development of a variety of bilateral approaches to analyze phenomena
such as negation, epistemic modality and counterfactuals, from both a
proof-theoretic and a model-theoretic perspective. The workshop will
bring together researchers from either perspective in order to
provide a venue for the systematic exploration of commonalities,
differences and potential interactions between such approaches.
Are there natural points of contact between the various bilateral approaches?
Can a unified bilateral approach be developed?
What advantages, if any, does it have over the standard unilateral approach?
What is the remit of bilateral semantics in formal semantics and/or
philosophy of language?
What is the linguistic, cognitive, or metaphysical status of meanings
given in terms of bilateral semantics?
Are there further areas of application for bilateral approaches?
Should the bilateral approach be further expanded into a multilateral approach?
Attendance is free. Registration is not mandatory, but if you are
planning to attend, please let us know by sending a message to
email@example.com (subject: Registration to EXPRESS
Workshop) before 5 June 2019.
Practical information about the conference venue will be posted in due
course on the conference website (
Conference website: https://inferentialexpressivism.com/workshop/
The workshop is organised by the ERC-funded project EXPRESS: From the
Expression of Disagreement to New Foundations for Expressivist
Semantics, hosted by the Department of Philosophy and the Institute
for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam.
The EXPRESS team consists of Luca Incurvati (PI), Giorgio Sbardolini
(Postdoc) Julian Schlöder (Postdoc), and Leila Bussiere (PhD student).
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