Call for papers

CSSP 2023

The 15th Syntax and Semantics Conference in Paris

Thematic Workshop “Moral Language”

11 December 2023


A workshop on the theme Moral Language  will follow the 15th Syntax and Semantics Conference in Paris (CSSP 2023) and will take place  on December 11, 2023. It is organized at the Jean-Nicod Institute (ENS, PSL, EHESS, CNRS) and is sponsored by the Institute of the Americas.

The Moral Language workshop aims to explore linguistic forms used to give moral judgements and create moral norms. We welcome submissions from scholars working in any area of linguistics and philosophy, or any related field, and are particularly interested in research into the semantics and pragmatics of moral language. Computational linguistics and NLP work are also welcome, as long as their relation to moral language is made very clear.

Abstracts should be anonymous and no more than 2 pages (excluding references), in Times New Roman, 11pt, with a line spacing of 1.5. We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics related to the workshop's theme, including but not limited to:

  • The semantics of lexical items that express moral concepts

  • Linguistic strategies for creating and reinforcing moral norms

  • The relation between moral language and moral reasoning

  • The role of moral meaning in the formation of ideology 

  • Moral language interpretation in context

  • Moral predicates and meta-ethics

We invite submissions for a 20-minute presentation. Abstract submissions should be sent via email in PDF format to by June 15, 23:59 (Paris - CEST). In your submission email, please include your name, affiliation, and the title of your proposed presentation.


Invited speakers:

  • David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin (USA), in discussion with Paul Portner, Georgetown University (USA)
  • TBA

Organization Committee

  • Tess Feyen (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS/ENS/EHESS/PSL & Georgetown University)
  • Alda Mari (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS/ENS/EHESS/PSL)
  • Paul Portner (Georgetown University)


The workshop will take place at Institut Jean Nicod in Paris.

Call for papers
Jusqu'au 15 juin 2023
With the support of IdA
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Moral Language Workshop

11 décembre 2023

Suite à la 15e conférence de syntaxe et de sémantique à Paris (CSSP 2023), un atelier sur le thème Langage moral sera organisé et aura lieu le 11 décembre 2023. Il est organisé à l'Institut Jean-Nicod (ENS, PSL, EHESS, CNRS) et est parrainé par l'Institut des Amériques.

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