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Full Title: Usage-based Theories and Approaches in Linguistics

      
Short Title: InterSLI2014
Location: Bozen Bolzano, Italy
Start Date: 23-May-2014 - 24-May-2014
Contact: Lorenzo Spreafico
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.unibz.it/intersli2014
Meeting Description: The aim of the conference is to provide participants with an opportunity for critical discussion on the different models and approaches to linguistic research developed within the usage-based perspective. This is a cross-cutting theme in relation to various subdisciplines of language sciences (experimental phonology, variational sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics) and to the different levels of language (phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics).

The conference seeks to identify the essential elements of the usage-based paradigm, which anchor the analysis to actual language use and its relation to an 'abstract' system, such as:

- The physical nature of language as acoustic signal, articulatory gesture and multi-sensorial percept
- Repetition frequency and memory storage of language use experiences
- Production of highly conventionalized or prefabricated sequences as opposed to traditional language units (phonemes, morphemes, clauses), which can be accessed directly

Shifting the focus of linguistic observation to these elements makes it possible to consider language within more general cognitive processes such as categorization, chunking, storage, analogy, and cross-modal associations. Moreover, this change of perspective requires a new reflection on how linguistic categories are represented cognitively, how they emerge, and whether structures and variability may be explained through a single adaptive mechanism.

Invited Speakers:

- Harald Baayen: Naive discrimination learning and Exemplar Theory
- Marco Baroni: Learning meaning representations from naturally occurring text and images
- Sonia Cristofaro: Usage-based models in typology: traditional assumptions and prospects for future research
- Jen Hay - Paul Foulkes: The evolution of medial (-t-) in real and remembered time
- Adele Goldberg: Constructions: psychological reality, descriptive adequacy, and typological explanation
- Francesco Vespignani: Principle-based and usage-based features of psycholinguistic models of sentence comprehension
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.718


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