Conference Announcement

Conference Aim & Scope: 
The human capacity for understanding and producing actions is thought to be highly relevant to the ability to understand and produce language. Some researchers even claim that language is a special and highly structural case of action. The extent to which a mechanism for processing actions also facilitates processing language is thus an interesting question. This conference aims to create conversation among interdisciplinary scholars to unpick the relationship between the two significant capacities of human beings. This conference will focus on a broad range of topics related to the connection between language and action, including (but not limited to):
  •     The mechanism of language acquisition and processing
  •     The evolution of language
  •     Communicative action and nonverbal communication
  •     Joint attention and intention detection
  •     Voluntary and involuntary actions
  •     Cognitive requirements for language and for non-communicative action
  •     Mental representation/knowledge of language
  •     Interpersonal analysis of language and action
  •     The comparison between human and nonhuman primates 
  •     Practical reasoning and action understanding 
  •     Action/Language analysis in Asian tradition
Dates & Venue:
17 Sep – 18 Sep  2013
Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica,
No. 128, Sec. 2, Academia Rd., Nankang, Taipei City 115, Taiwan.

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Hans Kamp (Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart/Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin)

Invited Speakers:
Dr. Ray Buchanan (Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin)
Dr. Alistair Knott (Department of Computer Science, University of Otago)
Dr. Rory Madden (Department of Philosophy, University College London)
Dr. Hong-Yu Wong (Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tübingen)

We invite submitted papers for the conference. Submissions are selected on the basis of quality and relevance to the topics of the conference. Please email your 300-word abstract  to Ms Lin (ytl [AT] in a Word document with the following information: Abstract title, affiliation, title, email address, and abstract.

        Abstracts due: 19 May 2013
        Notification of acceptance: 19 Jun 2013
        Full papers due: 1 August 2013
        Conference: 17 Sep –18Sep 2013
        Final revised papers due: 20 Nov 2013

Publication Plan:
The accepted conference papers will be reviewed and published either by the Institute or other prestige publishers. Here is a sample of our previous publications.

Sorry, Registration is Closed.

Philosophy Group, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

Visa Information:
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Dr. Tzu-Wei Hung (Conference chair)
Email: htw[AT]
Ms. Yu-Ting Lin (Research asistant )
Email: ytl [AT]

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