Integrating Approaches to Social Meaning 2


Social meaning in pragmatics has long been studied by considering general mechanisms of language use to formalize notions such as politeness. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the study of lexical elements whose semantics encode a component that directly bears on social meaning, for example slurs and honorifics. The question of which type of meaning these components belong to (e.g. conventional implicatures or presuppositions) and the way these components enter the compositional meaning of an utterance have also been studied. In addition, the last couple of years saw a surge of studies related to social meaning stemming from different fields.

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers from these different horizons to open new directions of research in that domain. In particular, we hope to encourage contact between researchers working on social meaning from formal linguistic, sociolinguistic, computational, and philosophical perspectives.

The workshop will be a platform for researchers with different backgrounds to discuss the meaning of expressions related to social aspects, including, but not limited to the following themes:

  • honorifics
  • insults, slurs and pejoratives
  • discourse particles
  • code switching
  • lexical choice
  • directness speech acts
  • politeness
  • identity construction
  • gender marking in discourse
  • argumentation
  • social meaning in computational models
  • neurological profile of social meaning expressions

The workshop is part of the 31st European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2019), organized in Riga:


Room 12, 11:00-12:30


  • Chris Davis, Elin McCready, Grégoire Winterstein, Introduction to Social Meaning - Computational approaches to social meaning slides


  • Ellen Breitholtz and Robin Cooper, Integrating personae in a TTR account of interaction
  • Ai Taniguichi, On social meaning, non-redundancy, and cats slides


  • Chungmin Lee and Darcy Sperlich, Factivity in its relation to politeness: hierarchical structures matter slides
  • Bianka Takaoka, The Social Value of Insults


  • Elin McCready, Trust, Ideology and Social Meaning slides
  • Roundtable

Call for papers

We invite submissions of abstracts on topics including those above. Abstracts should be anonymous and 2 pages in length including references and figures and should be submitted in PDF format by March 25, 2019 via EasyChair at:

Important dates

  • March 15 March 25: submission deadline (extended)
  • May 1: author notification
  • August 12-16: workshop

Scientific Committee

  • Christopher Davis (organizer)
  • Elin McCready (organizer)
  • Grégoire Winterstein (organizer)
  • Eric Acton
  • Andrea Beltrama
  • Claire Beyssade
  • Heather Burnett
  • Elisabeth Camp
  • Bianca Cepollaro
  • Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini
  • Stanley Donahoo
  • Julie Hunter
  • Regine Lai
  • Zoe Luk
  • Alda Mari
  • Christopher Potts
  • Maribel Romero
  • Peter Sells
  • Ai Taniguchi
  • Henk Zeevat
  • Malte Zimmermann

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