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EURO-XPRAG fourth call for proposals (closed)

Collaborative research in Experimental Pragmatics

Travel grants for short visits


Experimental pragmatics investigates and develops explicit theories of language use and of communication using the methodologies of psycholinguistics and, more generally, of experimental psychology. After having seen accelerated growth over the last ten years, experimental pragmatics is now in a better position to resolve theoretical disputes, to investigate semantic and pragmatic phenomena experimentally, to employ theory-making in order to account for data and to make pragmatic theories more accessible to the cognitive science community at large.  As part of an effort to provide a more permanent platform, a Research Networking Program known as EURO-XPRAG supported by the ESF is presenting a fourth call for proposals that will support collaborative research.

Given the goals of Experimental Pragmatics, EURO-XPRAG is seeking proposals that will bring teams of at least two researchers (across separate countries) together to enrich the field through collaborations.  These collaborations will ideally test between theoretical predictions through experimentation, experimentally investigate semantic and pragmatic phenomena with the benefit of a theoretical approach, or develop theories that can account for experimental-pragmatic findings.   

Accepted projects will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to EUR 3000 distributed over a 17 month period starting February 1st, 2012.  The travel expenses are distributed over short trips (see note b in “Further details” below).  Reimbursement of travel expenses will be administered through the ESF as Short Visits following the guidelines specified below.  After each visit a one-page report must be submitted to the ESF. In addition, successful applicants will be invited to present their projects at a workshop to be held in Oslo in early June 2012.  The workshop’s objectives will be to provide feedback on the experimental paradigms and their testing of semantic and pragmatic theory. Separate funds are available for workshop attendance (please see note a for more details).

Note that proposals that include a single collaborator from a non-member country (e.g. U.S.A., Japan, Canada) will also be considered.  These collaborations, however, are required to respect the same expense-limits as those taking place within Europe and as specified by ESF rules (including the rules with respect to the Workshop, i.e. expense limits are based on standard travel within Europe).

The potential themes to be covered include, but are not limited to, presupposition, referential terms, metaphor and figurative uses of language, implicatures, acquisition and development of pragmatics, as well as lexical pragmatics.  Proposals will be evaluated for their overall quality and for the added value they bring to Experimental Pragmatics.  Funds are limited to travel expenses linked to the collaboration (i.e. they are not designed for costs related to experimental procedures, which can be covered by other sources or by the host institutions).



Further details

Projects should be between 2 and 4 pages (in PDF, 12 pt font, 2.5 cm margins, A4) and include the following sections:
1. Researchers involved, their affiliations and email addresses (indicate primary contact)
2. Background of the topic
3. Planned method and goals of the study
4. Project plan including dates of travel, budget*, and host institutions
Appendix. Short CVs of the researchers involved**

Applications should be submitted by email to info@euro-xprag.org.

Deadline: January 5th, 2012 
Decisions will be announced by January 31st.

Successful projects are expected to contribute design details to a public database after the initial publication of results.


* Given the scope of these projects, the number of participants should be reasonable. EURO-XPRAG will not necessarily fund all members of a project if the number of researchers appears excessive.

** In order to plan the budget (maximum 3000 euros per project), please consult the following document:
Short and Exchange Visit Grants: Guidelines for applicants and grantees

Reimbursement of travel expenses will be administered through the ESF as Short visits following the guidelines in the webpage. After each visit a one-page report must be submitted to the ESF.   

*** If one is in need of advice concerning partners (networking), send an email to info@euro-xprag.org.