Keynote Speakers

Georgetown University, USA

Wayne Davis is Professor of Philosophy and President of the Faculty Senate at Georgetown University. He was Chair of the Philosophy Department from 1990 to 2015. His research interests are centered in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, and logic, and are focused mainly on the nature of mental states (particularly belief, desire, and thought) and the concept of meaning. Professor Davis is the author of
An Introduction to Logic (Prentice-Hall, 1986), Implicature (CUP, 1998), Meaning, Expression, and Thought (CUP, 2003), Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference (OUP, 2005), Irregular Negations, Implicature, and Idioms (Springer, 2016), plus numerous articles on logic, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophical psychology, and philosophy of language, and pragmatics in Philosophical Review, Mind, Philosophical Studies, Noûs, Linguistics and Philosophy, the Journal of Pragmatics, and other journals. He is Editor of Philosophical Studies. His next big project is to finish Indexical Meaning and Concepts.

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Tel Aviv University, Israel

Rachel Giora
is Professor of Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. Her recent work focuses on the psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics of figurative language (irony, jokes, and metaphor), context effects, optimal innovation and aesthetic pleasure, discourse negation, and the notion of salience in relation to autism and context and metaphor. Professor Giora is the author of On Our Mind: Salience, Context, and Figurative Language was (OUP, 2003) and co-editor (along with Patrick Hanks) of Metaphor and Figurative Language (Routledge, 2011). 
She was a co-founder of the Women’s Forum and the Women’s Studies program at Tel Aviv University and a co-editor of ''Noga'' – the Israeli feminist magazine – for over 20 years. As one of the editors of and regular contributors to, this one-of-a-kind Hebrew periodical, Rachel Giora specialized in gender-sensitive reviews of contemporary Hebrew literature and in groundbreaking feminist analyses of social-political trends in Israel.

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Yale University, USA

Laurence R. Horn
is Professor of Linguistics and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics at Yale University with specialties in pragmatics, semantics, syntax, language and gender.  Horn's primary research program lies in the union (if not the intersection) of classical logic, lexical semantics, and neo-Gricean pragmatic theory. He has been particularly  concerned with the exploration of natural language negation and its relation to other operators. His work in pragmatics, in particular his innovation in the theory of scalar implicature, is widely influential. He is one of the group known as radical pragmaticists in the 1970s (along with Jerrold Sadock and others) and was involved in the linguistics wars over generative semantics. The Horn scales are named after him (a pragmatically determined scale over which Gricean generalized conversational implicatures can be calculated). His 1989 book, A Natural History of Negation, is widely considered to be a masterpiece. In it, he lays out all the major topics concerning negation since Aristotle, and touches on negative polarity as well. Notable is his use of Aristotelian notions such as the Square of Oppositions and syllogistic logic in a modern semantic/pragmatic setting. Professor Horn is also the author of The Expression of Negation (Mouton De Gruyter, 2010) and co-editor of Handbook of Pragmatics (along with Gregory Ward; Blackwell, 2004) and of Explorations in Pragmatics (along with Istvan Kecskes; Mouton de Gruyter, 2007).

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State University of New York at Albany, USA

Istvan Kecskes is Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York System, USA. He teaches graduate courses in pragmatics, second language acquisition and bilingualism at SUNY, Albany. Professor Kecskes is the President of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) and the CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) Association. He is the founder and co-director of the Barcelona Summer School on Bi- and Multilingualism.
His book “Foreign language and mother tongue” co-authored by Tunde Papp and published by Erlbaum in 2000 was the first book that described the effect of the second language on the first language based on a longitudinal research. Dr. Kecskes’ latest book “Intercultural Pragmatics” published by Oxford University Press in 2013 is considered a groundbreaking monograph that shapes research in the field. Currently he is working on a new book titled “The Pragmatics of English as a Lingua Franca” to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
Dr. Kecskes is the founding editor of the linguistics journal Intercultural Pragmatics and the Mouton Series in Pragmatics published by Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin/New York, as well as the bilingual (Chinese-English) journal CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) published by Mouton and the co-founding editor of “Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict” published by John Benjamins: Amsterdam/Philadelphia (co-founder Pilar Garces Blitvich). He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier), Pragmatics & Society (Benjamins), International Journal of Multilingualism (Taylor & Francis), Lodz Papers in Pragmatics (De Gruyter), International Journal of Language and Culture (Benjamins), the Journal of East Asian Pragmatics (Equinox), Vestnik (Linguistika) Universitat Druzba Narodov, Moscow (ВЕСТНИК Российского университета дружбы народов. ЛИНГВИСТИКА), the Journal of Foreign Languages (Waiguoyu) and the journal Xiandai Waiyu published in China. Dr. Kecskes is also on the editorial board of four book series: Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology (Springer), Series in Pragmatics (Cambridge Scholarly Publishing), Pragmatic Interfaces (Equinox), and Studies in General Linguistics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).
Dr. Kecskes received a Senior Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in the Rockefeller Research Center in Bellagio, Italy in 2004, a Senior Fellowship from the Mitteleuropa Foundation, Bolzano, Italy in 2005, a Honorary Professorship from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou in 2009, a Yunshan Chair Professorship from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China in 2011, and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2013.
He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award of State University of New York, and also the co-director of the Sorbonne, Paris – SUNY, Albany graduate student symposium.

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