Agency and Intentions in Language 4

Harvey Mudd College (virtual)

January 10 – 12, 2024

Call for Papers

On the linguistic side, we welcome submissions examining any grammatical phenomena sensitive to the degree of agency or interpretation of an action as intentional versus accidental, such as controller choice, subjunctive obviation, licensing of polarity items, aspect choice in Slavic, case marking in ergative split languages and ‘out-of-control’ morphology. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following: ways in which natural languages manifest different degrees of agency or the distinction between intentional and accidental actions (morphological marking, syntactic structures, semantic denotations of verbs and adverbials, pragmatic and contextual differences); connections between agency, intentions, and event structure; relations between agency, intentions, and causation.

On the side of philosophy, we welcome submissions addressing any aspect related to philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, the nature of agency, intentions, and acting intentionally. Both theoretical and empirical research are welcome as they contribute to debates on various theories of action, free will, moral responsibility, nature of reasons, and practical rationality.

On the side of psychology, we welcome submissions that deal with agency, intentions, moral responsibility, and other related topics, broadly construed. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following: issues in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, clinical psychology (the sense of agency in individuals with schizophrenia, OCD, etc.), and adults' perception of agency and responsibility.

Abstract submission

Deadline: November 20, 2023.

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Anonymous abstracts, not exceeding 2 pages (including references and examples), with font no less than 11 Times New Roman, and 2 cm margins, should be uploaded on AIL4 EasyChair site. We expect to notify authors of their acceptance by December 16th, 2023. Presentations will be allotted 30 minute slots with 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Extended abstract submission

Deadline: January 5, 2024.

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We ask participants whose abstracts are accepted for a presentation or a poster to submit an extended abstract (5-7 pages, single-spaced, no less than 11 Times New Roman, 2 cm margins) before the workshop. These extended abstracts will be used to compose the Workshop Proccedings.