The Gesellschaft fuer Semantik is a loose association for the improvement and intensification of scientific exchange in the area of semantics. It was founded in October 1994 during the Workshop on Recent Developments in the Theory of Natural Language Semantics at Blaubeuren, by the German semanticists Sebastian Loebner, Arnim von Stechow und Thomas Ede Zimmermann, who formulated the following "manifesto" :
|organizing annual conferences and occasional workshops|
|building up a mailing list|
|discussing semantic problems|
|building up an ftp site for semantic publications|
|intensifying contacts to semanticists abroad and to neighbouring disciplines|
The Gesellschaft fuer Semantik has been organizing annual conferences under the titel Sinn & Bedeutung since 1996 (1996 Tuebingen, 1997 Berlin, 1998 Leipzig, 1999 Duesseldorf, 2000 Amsterdam). Form now on, the annual conferences will take place in Octobre in the odd years (2001, ...) and in December in the even years. Sinn & Bedeutung 6 will be at Osnabrück in October this year, organized by Peter Bosch. Regine Eckardt and Manfred Kupffer are planning to organize Sinn & Bedeutung 7 at Konstanz, Dec. 2002.
We are maintaining a mailing list semantik. An ftp site for semantic publications was installed in 1995, but it was hardly used by anybody. Instead, we installed a member's list on this site, with links to the homepages of those member's who want to appear in the list.
For members of the Gesellschaft für Semantik a reduced subscription rate for Journal of Semantics has been arranged (currently £36.80/US$66.40 instead of £46/US$83 p.a. for individuals).
The Gesellschaft fuer Semantik is not an officially registered association. We don't have an official chair committee. The three persons who founded the association, Loebner, von Stechow and Zimmermann, still feel responsible and take care of the organizational part.We are a no-money organization -members don't pay fees. There are at present approximately 200 members. The annual meetings are organized at changing places by members of the Gesellschaft.
|Prof. Dr. Sebastian Loebner
Department of General Linguistics
tel.: international (+49) 211 81-13399, within Germany: 0211 81-13399
loebner AT phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de
Dr. Arnim von Stechow
Kleine Wilhelmstr. 113
tel.: international (+ 49) 7071 29-77302, within Germany: 07071 29-77302
Arnim.Stechow AT uni-tuebingen.de
Dr. Ede Zimmermann
Institute for Cognitive Linguistics
Tel.: international (+49) 69 798-3 23 94,
aus Deutschland 069 798-3 23 94
T.E.Zimmermann AT lingua.uni-frankfurt.de