The 20th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

16-18 July 2016
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA


The JerSem organizing committee can be reached at
semdial2016-group at

Contact Matthew Stone directly at
firstname.lastname at

JerSem will be the 20th edition of the SemDial workshop series, which aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as formal semantics and pragmatics, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

In 2016 the workshop will be hosted by the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, at its downtown New Brunswick Campus, approximately one hour from New York City.

The workshop is timed to immediately follow IJCAI 2016 in New York City, and will be collocated at Rutgers with NASSLLI, the North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information.


We invite submissions on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, including, but not limited to:

Special Session: Questions under Discussion

To capitalize on overlaps with NASSLLI on questions under discussion and the problems of dialogue, we anticipate that the first day of Semdial will focus on the role of discourse purposes in utterance interpretation and dialogue structure, and their reflection in utterance form. This special session on questions under discussion welcomes a wide range of research on the rule-governed relationship of utterances to the discourse purposes of interlocutors, as reflected in the structure of discourse, in regularities for maintaining coherence in discourse, in the dynamics of questions under discussion, or in linguistic mechanisms for grounding and commitment. Also relevant are alternative explanations of discourse purposes that draw on general principles of human decision making, social cognition, and teamwork. We expect to organize contributed and invited sessions to explore the issues, and so particularly welcome submissions on topics such as:

Submissions: Full Papers

Authors should submit an anonymous paper of at most 8 pages of content (up to 2 additional pages are allowed for references) in two-column ACL-style conference format. Style files and instructions for electronic submissions are available here.

Demonstration and poster abstracts

JerSem is also providing authors with an opportunity to submit 2-page late-breaking submissions describing system demonstrations and poster presentations.

Important Dates

Technical Program Chairs

Local Organisation

Semdial Board Chairs