COCOA is an informal online “zoominar” for semanticists and those who are semanticist-adjacent to talk about causation, especially using causal models. No experience with causal models is required, and students are especially welcome. Write to Bridget Copley for links.

Upcoming events:

Nov 10, 2021 05:00 PM Paris time
Bridget Copley, SFL (CNRS/Paris 8) – A brief intro to forces
Olga Kagan, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev – Change versus force in the Finnish case system
Bridget Copley, SFL (CNRS/Paris 8) – From force dynamics to causal models (same handout as above)

Dec 8, 2021 05:00 PM Paris time
Robert Henderson, Univ. of Arizona – Topic: “if not for” counterfactuals 
Zahra Mirrazi, UMass – Topic: Persian counterfactuals

Jan 26, 2022 NOTE DATE CHANGE 05:00 PM Paris time
Bridget Copley, SFL (CNRS/Paris 8) –  Intro to causal models for language
Daniel Altshuler, Oxford –  Topic: causal inferences in discourse

Feb 9, 2022 05:00 PM Paris time
Kelsey Sasaki, Oxford – Topic: causal inferences in narrative
Linda Badan (Ghent University) and Marta Donazzan (Univ. Nantes/LLING) – Topic: The multi-purpose causative verb(s) of Mandarin Chinese

Mar 9, 2022 05:00 PM Paris time
Topic: Relating events to causal models
Presenters: Elitzur Bar Asher-Siegal and Prerna Nadathur; Bridget Copley ; anyone else who is interested can present what they have to say about the topic, just let me know beforehand

Apr 6, 2022 05:00 PM Paris time
Presenter: Tobias Gerstenberg, Stanford Univ. Topic: TBA
(open slot)

May 11, 2022 05:00 PM Paris time
Presenter: Clémentine Raffy, SFL (Paris 8/CNRS) Topic: Laisser ‘let’
(open slot)

Jun 8, 2022 05:00 PM Paris time
(two open slots)