[CogSci] Agency and Intentions in Language 2 (virtual): Call for Papers

Kyle Thompson kthompson at g.hmc.edu
Wed Sep 15 20:26:25 PDT 2021

Agency and Intentions in Language 2 (AIL2)

Second Annual Interdisciplinary Workshop

Harvey Mudd College

January 12-14, 2022 (virtual)

The first interdisciplinary workshop on Agency and Intentions in Language
was held at the start of 2021, and it was marked with great success. To
continue the conversation, the second annual workshop (AIL2) will bring
together scholars in linguistics, philosophy, and psychology interested in
questions related to agency and intentions, broadly construed. Please
consider submitting your work (details below), or attending the workshop,
to advance the scholarly understanding of ideas central to multiple
academic disciplines.

Our sense of agency and ability to distinguish between intentional and
accidental actions are fundamental for social interaction. They allow us to
plan and perform joint actions and assign responsibility for our own
actions and those of others. Research on the nature of agency and
intentions has been very fruitful over the last few decades in philosophy,
linguistics, and psychology. However, interdisciplinary discussion has
rarely taken place.

Invited speakers:

- Magdalena Kaufmann (University of Connecticut)

- David Pizarro (Cornell University)

- Hannah Tierney (UC Davis) & Andrew James Latham (University of Sydney);
Joint Talk

- Thomas Grano (Indiana University Bloomington)

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.
Submissions are welcome from all domains of grammar (morphology, syntax,
semantics, pragmatics, etc.) and irrespective of any specific theoretical
framework or empirical approach. Some of the 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 causality.

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
projects are welcome as they contribute to debates on various theories of
action, free will, moral responsibility, nature of reasons, and practical

Lastly, we are making an effort to include research in psychology that
similarly deals with agency, intentions, moral responsibility, and other
related topics, broadly construed. For some examples, we welcome research
on the following topics and more: issues in developmental psychology,
psycholinguistics, clinical psychology (the sense of agency in individuals
with schizophrenia, OCD, etc.), and adults' perception of agency and


Anonymous abstracts, not exceeding 2 pages single-spaced (including
references and examples), with font no less than 11 Times New Roman, and 2
cm margins (or .8 inch margins), should be uploaded on the AIL2 EasyChair
site (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ail2). We expect to notify
authors of their acceptance at the end of December 2021. Presentations will
be allotted 30-minute slots with 15 minutes for Q&A. Additionally, there
will be opportunities for some submitters to present their work in a poster

Important dates:

- Submission deadline: December 10, 2021

- Notification of acceptance: End of December

- Workshop: January 12-14, 2022 (9h–13h New York time; 15h–19h Berlin time)

Organizing committee:

- Kyle Thompson (Harvey Mudd College): email kthompson at g.hmc.edu with
workshop questions

- Joshua Knobe (Yale University)

- Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen)

- Julie Goncharov (University of Göttingen)

Find more details and workshop registration for AIL2 at
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