Special Issue on “Semantic Variability”

Alexander Dinges, Julia Zakkou, and myself are editing a special issue on semantic variability to appear in Inquiry. I post the call for papers below. Please feel free to share. If you know anyone working on these issues, please do encourage them to submit their papers.

Call for Papers – Special Issue on “Semantic Variability” in Inquiry

We invite submissions for the special issue “Semantic Variability” to be published in Inquiry. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy.

Alexander Dinges (Universität Hamburg)
Erik Stei (Universität Bonn)
Julia Zakkou (Freie Universität Berlin)

We take “semantic variability” to cover various new or revived trends in the investigation of natural language like, for instance, indexicality and context-sensitivity, polysemy and co-predication, subjectivity and perspectivity, vagueness and underdetermination.

Questions that we would like to see addressed range from general issues regarding the nature, kinds, and limits of semantic variability to more specific questions such as which expressions and constructions feature what kind of semantic variability. We’d be particularly interested in seeing these questions tackled from various scientific backgrounds, including philosophy, linguistics, and psychology.

The special issue is edited by members of the DFG-funded research network “The semantics and metasemantics of context-sensitive language”. For other network activities, see http://thesmcsl.wordpress.com/events/.

Manuscripts (no longer than 10,000 words incl. notes and reference) should be submitted online through the Inquiry Editorial Manager by 1 November 2019 at the latest:

Please choose the appropriate article type for your submission by selecting “SI: Semantic Variability” from the relevant drop-down menu.

For further details on how to prepare your manuscript, please follow the “Instructions for Authors” available on the journal’s website:

For further information, please contact the editors:



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