The Dynamics of Semantics: Past, present and future ways of thinking about meaning

Workshop in honor of the 80th birthday of Hans Kamp

Workshop in honor of Hans Kamp

In honor of Hans Kamp's 80th birthday, the Institutes of Natural Language Processing and Linguistics are hosting a workshop. Due to the pandemic situation of the last two years, the celebration is unfortunately delayed. We are looking forward to honoring Hans Kamp with a scientific colloquium.

The workshop is intended to foster conversations about issues related to Discourse Representation Theory: the motivations behind DRT, the various ways these and other ideas have been implemented over the years in systems that have built on DRT and in other frameworks, but also about problems well beyond DRT’s original horizon.

In preparation for the workshop, Hans Kamp wrote a document in spring 2020 that takes a historical perspective on DRT, considers empirical phenomena that have been analyzed in DRT, and also points to connections between DRT and various other topics, including logic and Situation Semantics.


Invited speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the workshop:

Daniel Altshuler (University of Oxford)
Nicholas Asher (CNRS)
Corien Bary (Radboud University)
David Beaver (UT Austin)
Johan Bos (University of Groningen)
Adrian Brasoveanu (UCSC)
Bart Geurts (University of Nijmegen)
Brendan Learnihan-Sylvester (UT Austin)
Emar Maier (University of Groningen)
Louise McNally (Pompeu Fabra University)
Alina Tigau (University of Bucharest)
Noortje Venhuizen (Saarland University)
Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne)


Welcome, with coffee
Jonas Kuhn (University of Stuttgart)
1:30pm - 4:00pm Session 1
Chair: Lisa Hofmann (University of Stuttgart)
Discourse Dynamics and Differential Object Marking in Romanian
Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne) and Alina Tigau (University of Bucharest)
Present under Past
Corien Bary (Radboud University) and Daniel Altshuler (University of Oxford)
Why we need dynamic semantics for learning from conversation
Nicholas Asher ( Toulouse Institute of Computer Science Research)
4:00pm - 4:20pm
Coffee break
4:20pm - 6:00pm
Session 2
Chair: Swantje Tönnis (University of Stuttgart)
DRT meets normative pragmatics
Bart Geurts (Radboud University)
Having and sharing a plan
Brendan Learnihan-Sylvester (University of Texas at Austin)
9:00am - 10:40am Session 3
Chair: Daniel Hole (University of Stuttgart)
Expectation-based dynamic semantics
Noortje Venhuizen (Saarland University)
Variable-free Discourse Representation Structures
Johan Bos (University of Groningen)
10:40am - 11:00am
Coffee break
11:00am - 12:40pm
Session 4
Chair: Jun Chen (University of Stuttgart)
Narrative frustration
Daniel Altshuler (University of Oxford)
Mental pictures and pictorial discourse
Emar Maier (University of Groningen)
 12:40pm - 2:00pm
Lunch (provided on site)
 2:00pm - 3:40pm Session 5
Chair: Arndt Riester (Bielefeld University)
 2:00pm Induction of rule ordering in production-based processing models
Adrian Brasoveanu (University of California, Santa Cruz)
 2:50pm One little box changes the world!
David Beaver (University of Texas at Austin)
 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Coffee break
4:00pm - 4:50pm
Session 6
Chair: Arndt Riester (Bielefeld University)
The last word goes to Hans Kamp
Louise McNally (University Pompeu Fabra)
 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Reception (Keplerstr. 17, 1st floor)
9:00am - 10:40am Discussion
Moderators: Johan van Benthem (University of Amsterdam)
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt University of Berlin)
10:40am - 11:00am
Coffee break
11:00am - 12:40pm
Discussion continued


Workshop location

All lectures will take place in the

Senatssaal of the University of Stuttgart:

Keplerstraße 7 (1st floor),
70174 Stuttgart

Site plan of the Campus Stadtmitte: Site plan-PDF

Further information on how to get on site can be found here.


Public transport

The Stadtmitte campus is within walking distance of Stuttgart's main train station. Alternatively, you can take the light rail lines U29 and U14 to the "Börsenplatz" stop or bus lines 40 and 42 to the "Katharinenhospital" stop.


Timetable information VVS [de]

By Car

In the direction of Stuttgart center, Stuttgart main station, Friedrichstraße (B 27 direction Tübingen), entrance Schellingstraße.

Please note the information about the environmental zone and the diesel traffic ban.

The parking garage "Hofdienergarage" is adjacent to the Campus Stadtmitte.

Senatssaal, Keplerstr. 7


Hotels in walking distance to the workshop are:
Further hotels in the city center are:

Organization und Contact


Judith Tonhauser (Institute of Linguistics)

Daniel Hole (Institute of Linguistics)

Jonas Kuhn (Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS))

Antje Rossdeutscher (Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS))


If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to contact Judith Tonhauser.

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Jonas Kuhn

Prof. Dr.

Chair of Foundations of Computational Linguistics

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