The Tenth ArgDiaP Conference:
“Speech Acts and Arguments”
18 May 2013, Warsaw
Staszic Palace, Nowy Świat 72, room 126 “sala M. Skłodowskiej-Curie”
IFiS PAN (Inst. of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences)


The aim of this meeting is to discuss the current research strands of speech act theory – one of the most prominent philosophical traditions which strongly influenced the study of communication and argumentation in the 20th century. The foundations of speech act theory were laid by John R. Searle who is widely recognised for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy. Searle received his degrees from Oxford University (1952-59, as a Rhodes Scholar). For over 50 years he has been working at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Slusser Professor of Philosophy. In his book Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language (Cambridge University Press, 1969), which is the most outstanding classical position in the field, Searle synthesized the ideas of such philosophers as Austin and Wittgenstein, and gave his original account of speech acts.

The 10th ArgDiaP Conference is organized by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) and will be hosted by the research group of formal applied rhetoric ZeBRaS. The meeting is supported by the European Network for Social Intelligence SINTELNET.

Special guest


9.15 – 9.45 Registration
9.45 – 10.00 Andrzej Rychard (director of the IFiS PAN): Welcome

10.00 – 11.00 John Searle: The Nature of Language

11.00 – 11.30 coffee (room 164)

11.30 – 12.15 Jacek Malinowski: Some remarks on Tokarz’ formalization of Grice implicature
– 13.00 Maciej Witek: An externalist account of illocutionary games

13.00 – 14.15 lunch (restaurant in the IFiS PAN building)

14.15 – 15.00 Katarzyna Budzynska & Chris Reed: Illocutionary Force as the Link between Argument and Dialogue

15.00 – 15.30 coffee (room 164)

15.30 – 16.15 Patrick Saint-Dizier, Katarzyna Budzynska & Chris Reed: Towards a computational linguistic model for dialogic argumentation
16.15 – 17.00 Manfred Stede: Illocutionary roles and argumentation structure
 – 17.15 Closing remarks

19.00 – Gala dinner




To register, send an email to Dr. Magdalena Kacprzak: kacprzak (at), mentioning “[ArgDiaP 2013] Registration” in the subject line. Please provide the following information:

  • first name and surname
  • affiliation

Registration fee for the ArgDiaP conference has to be paid via a bank transfer. Please make sure to indicate that the payment is for the ArgDiaP conference by putting “10th ArgDiaP 2013” in the transaction description:

  • Bank name: Bank Pekao SA
  • IBAN Account number: PL 98 1240 1037 1111 0010 3218 8238
  • Swift code: PKOPPLPW
  • Transaction description: 10th ArgDiaP 2013


Early registration
until 6 May 8 May
Late registration 
after 6 May 8 May
 On-site registration
Registration fee 60 EUR (240 PLN) 70 EUR (280 PLN) 100 EUR (400 PLN)
Registration fee without gala dinner 40 EUR (160 PLN) 50 EUR (200 PLN) 80 EUR (320 PLN)

Full registration fee includes:

  • coffee breaks
  • lunch
  • gala dinner, which will take place after the conference in the city center (details of the venue will be given during the conference)


Warsaw offers a lot of hotels and Bed&Breakfast. We recommend the following hotels:

Booking and payments for accommodation should be arranged directly with the chosen hotel or B&B. Note that accommodation is subject to availability.

If you have any further questions regarding accommodation, please contact Dr. Marcin Koszowy: koszowy (at)

Organizing and Programme Committee


** How to get to the conference venue

From Warsaw Chopin airport:

From Central train station:

  • bus number 175 in the direction of Piłsudski plaza (pl. Piłsudskiego); get off at “Uniwersytet 02” at al. Krakowskie Przedmieście (travel time: approx. 15-20 min)
  • map of the bus route

Walking from the bus stop “Uniwersytet 02” at al. Krakowskie Przedmieście (i.e. the stop of 175 bus in the direction of Piłsudski plaza) to Staszic Palace:

  • after getting from the bus, you have to turn right and walk around 100 meters along the street in the opposite direction to the direction of the bus ride, passing the monument of Kopernika
  • map