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Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (ELM) 2

From May 19, 2022 to May 21, 2022

Hybrid event – see listing for details

Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (ELM*) 2


Anna Papafragou and Florian Schwarz, Department of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania
Twitter: @ELM_Conference


The second Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (ELM) conference will be held at the University of Pennsylvania on May 19-21, 2022. 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. We aim to include representation of linguistic, psychological, logical, philosophical, social, developmental, computational, as well as cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives.


Invited speakers:
Chris Kennedy, University of Chicago
Barbara Landau, Johns Hopkins University
Petra Schumacher, University of Cologne


Invited Symposium on Computational Approaches to the Study of Meaning:
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, The Ohio State University
Ellie Pavlick, Brown University
Aaron Steven White, University of Rochester


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. The biennial ELM conference aims 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 ELM2, 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.


Format: In light of continued uncertainties about international in-person conferences due to COVID, we leave the precise format open at this point. While we sincerely hope to hold the conference in person, we plan to be flexible in terms of accommodating remote presentations where needed, so submissions do not require commitment to in-person attendance. (We will ask for preferences in different scenarios for planning purposes, but this will not be a consideration in acceptance decisions.)


Early registration opens April 1, 2022.


*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 2022)