Virtual SemDial 24 (WatchDial)

Please register here for WeSSLLI, WatchDial, or both.
The registration fee is $10. We will send you information for joining the event(s) shortly before the start of WeSSLLI on Saturday July 11.

  • Vintage American watch
  • Black and white photo of Waltham Watch Factory

The 24th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (Virtual)

18-19 July 2020

Hosted online from Brandeis University, Waltham (Watch City), MA

WatchDial will be the 24th 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 2020 the workshop will be hosted virtually by the programs in Linguistics and in Computational Linguistics, in collaboration with the departments of Computer Science and Philosophy at Brandeis University, and will be collocated with the first ever Web Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (WeSSLLI).

Invited speakers

New Call For Papers for the virtual WatchDial


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


Long papers: Authors should submit an anonymous paper of at most 8 pages of content (up to 2 additional pages are allowed for references).

Style sheets (Latex, Word) are available.

The Overleaf template is also available.

Concurrent submission policy: Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must provide this information, using a footnote on the title page of the submissions. SEMDIAL 2020 cannot accept work for publication or presentation that will be (or has been) published elsewhere.

Submission is electronic, using the EasyChair conference management system.


There will be a later call for 2-page abstracts describing system demonstrations and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of the workshop, with submission deadline 19 June 2020.


Sophia Malamud (Brandeis University)

James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)

Jonathan Ginzburg (Université Paris Diderot)


Sophia Malamud & James Pustejovsky

Brandeis University


Ellen Breitholtz  (Göteborg University)

Julian Hough (Queen Mary University of London)