Liveblogging Experimental Pragmatics

This week I am in Lyon, France, for the 3rd Experimental Pragmatics meeting. I had plans to live-blog CUNY and SRCD, neither of which quite happened, but I’m giving it a go for Day 2 of Xprag, and we’ll see how it goes.

Pragmatics, roughly defined, is the study of language use. In practice, this tends to mean anything that isn’t semantics, syntax or phonology, though in practice the division between semantics and pragmatics tends to shift as we learn more about the system. Since Pragmatics has perhaps been studied more extensively in philosophy & linguistics, the name of the conference emphasizes that it focuses on experiments rather than just theory.

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