The workshop "The meaning of numerals: cognitive, experimental, and semantic perspectives" will take place in Berlin at Leibniz-Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) March 27-28, 2019.

The meaning of numerals is a much researched topic in experimental pragmatics (e.g. Breheny 2008; Cummins, Sauerland, Solt 2012), cognitive science (e.g. Dehaene 2011), and theoretical semantics and pragmatics (e.g. Horn 1989; Krifka 1999; Fox & Hackl 2006; Kennedy 2015; Rothstein 2017). This workshop primarily targets contributions that enhance our understanding of numerals by combining insights and methods from several of these research fields. In particular, the imprecise use of numerical expressions (10km away) and vague expectations raised by modified numerals (more than 100 people came) call for such combined approaches. The topic also fits well with the more recent interest in probabilistic models that try to account for vague expectation raised by numerical expressions (e.g. Kao, Wu, Bergen, Goodman 2014). Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

Important dates

Abstract submissions due:January 7, 2019
Notification of acceptance:February 1, 2019
Camera-ready abstracts due:March 1, 2019
Workshop:March 27-28, 2019

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We invite talks on the meaning of numerals from cognitive, experimental, and semantic perspectives. Anonymous 2-page abstracts (including references). Stylesheets: Word, Latex, Pages. Please submit via EasyChair.

Invited speakers

Organizing committee


We strive for a family-friendly work environment. As part of xPrag we offer childcare services during this workshop. Please get in touch with us if you require childcare.