The pragmatics working group at OSU is a weekly forum dedicated to investigating the interaction between linguistic content and context in the creation of meaning.  Attendees are welcome to sign up for slots to present ongoing work in semantics/pragmatics (broadly construed), or to present a paper for discussion with the group.  In the past we have done a series of readings organized a particular theme; in 2021-2022, for instance, the group focused on how semantic and pragmatic concepts are integrated in natural language processing research, as well as on how they are tied to some aspects of language acquisition and emerging social meanings (SP22); we’ve also recently read work in game-theoretic pragmatics and its interactions with QUD based approaches to pragmatics.  Recent schedules can be found here (AU22) and here (SP23).  The current schedule (AU23) is under development.

In Autumn 2023, we meet on Wednesdays from 12:45pm – 2:05pm in Oxley 122.  You can join meetings online if you prefer: a Zoom link will be included in weekly emails on the mailing list (see below). Our first meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, will be organizational: we’ll decide on a tentative schedule and readings for the upcoming semester, and go over the group rules for discussion.

If you would like to join the pragmatics working group’s mailing list, subscribe here.  You can email Prerna (Nadathur.3) with questions and for clarifications.