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Full Title: 28th CerLiCO International Conference

Short Title: Cerlico
Location: Caen, France
Start Date: 13-Jun-2014 - 14-Jun-2014
Contact: Valérie Amary
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Meeting Description: 28th CerLiCO International Conference
Caen, France
13-14 June 2014
Linearity and Interpretation: 1 - Interpreting the Perception of Linearity

The issue of the linear ordering of linguistic forms is both a long-standing and far-reaching one, spreading across the fields of linguistics. Saussure was the drive behind our representation of language as being linear. However, recent psycholinguistic research (Sauzet and al. 1999) challenges this perception of linearity.

Our linear perception of written or spoken units appears to be misdirected, in so far as it is at odds with both our senses and the laws of physics. In fact, recent research shows that sounds are not a string of consecutive units but instead that they overlap (Liberman 1996). As far as the written page is concerned, it has been proven that our eyes do not process one letter after the next. Although our linear perception is undeniable, the surface arrangement of linguistic units is a topic that requires further insight.

The Conference, which will be held in Caen (Normandie University, UNICAEN), aims to address the new data and to expand on some of the following issues:

1) What is meant by the linear ordering of constituents? Are there various ways of viewing the surface order of oral or written items?
2) Is our interpretation linear? Is our perception of forms linear or non-linear? How can we connect perception, whether linear or not, with interpretation? In other words, what kind of relation can be established between interpretative processes and word order? Do we need discrete units and categorization to be able to interpret data?
3) What impact does the perception of linear ordering have on grammatical analysis, and notably in didactics? The parsing of units produced by grammatical analysis such as IC-analysis is not linear. Therefore, it goes against the principle of sequencing. Is discreteness synonymous with interpretation or does it only represent a stage of the interpreting process?
4) What relation can be established between linearity and interpretation in terms of language typology? Can diachrony shed new light on the issue, notably relating to the phenomenon of grammaticalization?

All theoretical frames are welcome, provided they are specified.
Linguistic Subfield: Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Phonetics; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 25.1410

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