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

Workshop in honor of the 80th birthday of Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans Kamp, PhD

Workshop in honor of Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans Kamp, PhD

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 (Oxford University)
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)


All talks will take place in the Senatssaal.

13:00 Uhr (?) COFFE WELCOME
13:45 Uhr welcome
13:40 Uhr - 14:20 Uhr talk 1
14:20 Uhr - 15:10 Uhr talk 2
15:10 Uhr - 16:00 Uhr talk 3
16:00 Uhr - 16:20 Uhr COFFE BREAK
16:20 Uhr - 17:10 Uhr talk 4
17:10 Uhr - 18:00 Uhr talk 5
ab 18 Uhr (?)

All talks will take place in the Senatssaal.

09:00 Uhr - 09:50 Uhr
talk 6
09:50 Uhr - 10:40 Uhr
talk 7
10:40 Uhr - 11:00 Uhr
11:00 Uhr - 11:50 Uhr
talk 8
11:50 Uhr - 12:40 Uhr
talk 9
12:40 Uhr - 14:00 Uhr MITTAGESSEN
14:00 Uhr - 14:50 Uhr talk 10
14:50 Uhr - 15:40 Uhr talk 11
15:40 Uhr - 15:40 Uhr COFFE BREAK
16:00 Uhr - 16:50 Uhr talk 12
17:00 Uhr - 19:00 Uhr
Stehempfang im K2

All talks will take place in the Senatssaal.

09:30 Uhr - 10:40 Uhr Discussion part 1
10:40 Uhr - 11:00 Uhr COFFE BREAK
11:00 Uhr - 12:00 Uhr Discussion part 2


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

Open map


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.

This image shows Jonas Kuhn

Jonas Kuhn

Prof. Dr.

Chair of Foundations of Computational Linguistics

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