Inference & Meaning 2004

The Inference & Meaning 2004 conference will be held from Monday July 12 to Wednesday July 14 at the University of Melbourne.

The conference will feature presentations from Karen Green (Monash), Mark Lance (Georgetown), Jaroslav Peregrin (Prague), Huw Price (Sydney), Goran Sundholm (Leiden), Max Cresswell (Texas A&M and Auckland), John Fox (La Trobe), Mario Gómez-Torrente (Barcelona and UNAM Mexico), Nils Kürbis (Leipzig), Greg Restall (Melbourne), Gillian Russell (Princeton), Inna Semetsky (Monash and N. J. J. Smith (Wellington).

Abstracts of papers can be found here.

Practical Details

The meeting will take place on the Parkville Campus of the University of Melbourne. Registration, and drinks will be held in the Common Room in the Old Quad (Building 150 on the Campus Map). All talks will be held in Cussonia Court Room 1 nearby. Talks will be scheduled from approximately 9:30am to 6pm for Monday to Wednesday, with breaks for morning and afternoon teas, and lunch.

A limited number of rooms with bed and breakfast have been reserved at Whitley College, a residential college at the University of Melbourne. For $49 (Australian) a night, you will receive a room and breakfast. It is a short (12 minute) work from Whitley College to the Philosophy Department and the conference site. (See the map for details.)

Contact the College's Conference Manager indicating the your arrival time and departure time, to book your stay. College room bookings must be made by June 21 to assure your place.

Invited speakers will be staying at the Rydges Hotel on 701 Swanston Street, Carlton, which is also close to the University Campus.

Morning and afternoon teas will be provided during the conference, and there are many fine places to eat nearby for lunches and dinners. There will be drinks held at the end of Monday's talks (before dinner) and there will be a conference dinner at a local restaurant on Tuesday night.

July in Melbourne is midwinter. Days are cool, with maximums around 10–12°C, and nights dip at least 5° below that. Seriously cold weather is rare in Melbourne. However, it could well rain during your stay here. Expect at least some wet weather during the conference.


Here is the current provisional timetable for the conference.

Monday July 12 Tuesday July 13 Wednesday July 14
9:00 Registration and Morning Tea
(Old Quad Common Room)
10:30 Jaroslav Peregrin
Meaning as an Inferential Role
Chair: Greg Restall
Morning Tea Morning Tea
11:00 Mark Lance
‘Yo’ and ‘Lo’: the pragmatics of the space of reasons
Chair: Jaroslav Peregrin
Karen Green
A Dummettian response to Armstrong and Martin
12:30 Lunch Lunch
1:00 Lunch
1:45 Göran Sundholm
Constructive Truth-making
Chair: Karen Green
2:15 Huw Price
“Not” Again
Chair: Nick Smith
3:15 Afternoon Tea
3:45 Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea
5:45 Break
6:15 Drinks
7:15 Dinner Conference Dinner
(Café Italia)

All talks are to be held in Cussonia Court Room 1. Registration will be held in the Common Room in the Old Quad (upstairs in the South-West corner of that building).


Attending the conference is free, thanks to the generous support of the Australian Research Council. However, if you plan to attend, you must nonetheless register, so that we can cater appropriately.

Register by sending an email to Greg Restall, the conference organiser, at restall @ by Monday June 21. Indicate what days you plan to attend, and if you are coming to the Conference Dinner on Tuesday night. (Note that you must book your accommodation separately.)