Construction of Meaning Workshop

The Construction of Meaning Workshop provides a forum for addressing developments in the treatment of meaning in linguistic theory. 

It sponsors presentations of ongoing student and faculty work, lectures by invited speakers, and an annual SemFest, a conference showcasing local research on semantics and pragmatics.

Workshop events

The Construction of Meaning Workshop organizes meetings occasionally through the academic year. Please see the Upcoming Events list in the box below for details of upcoming meetings.  For the foreseeable future, any meetings will be held online.

Annual SemFest

The yearly Sem(antics)Fest is intended to promote discussion and collaboration among all those in the Stanford community interested in the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, as well as their interface with other modules of grammar.  It includes contributions from members of the Department of Linguistics with interests in semantics and pragmatics, as well as from members of the Stanford University community who share these interests.

The first SemFest was organized in 2000 by David Beaver and Stefan Kaufmann as part of the activities of a Stanford Humanities Center Graduate Research Workshop, The Construction of Meaning.  A volume of the same name collecting papers from the first SemFest was published by CSLI in 2002. The 10th and  20th anniversary SemFests were two-day events which included many alumni of previous SemFests.

Other events of interest

See events of the Cognition and Language Workshop sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center

Past Events

March
13
Date
Fri March 13th 2020, 12:00am
March
15
Date
Fri March 15th 2019, 12:00am - Sat March 16th 2019, 12:00am
Location:
Cordura Hall (CSLI), Room 100
March
12
Date
Mon March 12th 2018, 12:00am
Location:
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)
March
17
Date
Fri March 17th 2017, 12:00am
Location:
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)
March
11
Date
Fri March 11th 2016, 12:00am
Location:
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)
March
13
Date
Fri March 13th 2015, 12:00am
Location:
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)
March
13
Date
Fri March 13th 2009 - Sat March 14th 2009, All day