Workshop on Pragmatic Development

Workshop on Pragmatic Development, 22, April 2009, Lyon, France.
Call for Posters. Deadline: 13, February


How children come to understand and produce gestures and speech in context-specific ways is an issue addressed from different perspectives in a number of fields. The aim of the workshop is to bridge disciplinary and cultural boundaries in order to explore the developmental processes enabling humans to achieve complex communicative goals. We want to bring together researchers who specialise in relevant subfields of pragmatic development, others with expertise in relevant cognitive prerequisites, as well as linguists and philosophers who may analyse the importance of the data for existing pragmatics theories. Among others, we want to address the following issues: (1) Are there common principles and processes at play in the use of context in communication at all stages of early development? And, if so, which ones? (2) How could we better take into account cultural differences concerning pragmatic development? (3) Which are the theoretical frameworks that best allow us to explain the latest empirical findings? How do they compare to each other? Can they be teased apart empirically?


Invited speakers: Richard Breheny, György Gergely, Bart Geurts, Erika Nurmsoo, Napoleon Katsos, Aylin Küntay, Ulf Liszkowski, Ira Noveck, Dan Sperber

Organizers: Gerlind Große, Danielle Matthews, Nausicaa Pouscoulous, and Michael Tomasello



Poster Submissions



We invite abstracts for posters presenting theoretical and/or experimental work on the development of pragmatic abilities throughout infancy and childhood.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 13 February, 2009. Abstracts should be sent to: The full abstract should be no longer than 1 page, A4 paper size, normally spaced and sized. The file should be entitled PragDev-[first author's surname].doc.

The abstract should start with:

– the title of the abstract in bold and centered;

– the name(s) and department(s) of the author(s) in italics and centered;

– the email address(es) of the author(s), centred.

Due to limited space at the workshop site, we ask authors to limit their submissions to one poster.

We encourage submissions by young researchers and also presentations of work in progress.


Notification of Acceptance

The organizers are responsible for reviewing and selecting posters for display.

We will notify you regarding acceptance by e-mail no later than March 9, 2009.


Important Dates

Abstracts due: February 13, 2009

Notification of Acceptance: March 9, 2009

Workshop: April 22, 2009


If you have any questions, please refer to: Gerlind Große (

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