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Full Title: 19th International Congress of Linguists

   
Short Title: 19ICL
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Start Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013
Contact: Jacques Moeschler, Fabienne Reboul
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.cil19.org
Meeting Description: Geneva has been selected by the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes as the venue for the next International Congress of Linguists (ICL). The main theme of the 19th ICL is:

The Language-Cognition Interface:

2013, which falls exactly one hundred years after the death of Ferdinand de Saussure, affords a unique opportunity to look forward to the future of linguistics. Current research in every linguistic field shows that the link between linguistics and the cognitive sciences will significantly increase over the next decades. The emergence of non-invasive technologies for the observation of the brain, the change in statistical and experimental methods, the increasing amount of research in language acquisition and language pathology, as well as the more complex integration of pragmatic approaches to language use at the interface of syntax and semantics all point to an ever-growing link between language and human cognition. New interest has recently been sparked in such topics as the origins of language, and has given rise to a number of new hypotheses. Moreover, traditional domains of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, and synchronic and diachronic syntax now play an increasing role in cognitive studies, especially as related to questions of language acquisition.

The anniversary of Ferdinand de Saussure’s death will also be the opportunity to look back on the history of linguistics, particularly as concern the Saussure-Chomsky connection. Although one century is a short period in the history of the sciences, it is more than enough to honor the origins of what has become a mature scientific discipline.

In addition to parallel scientific sessions and workshops, the Congress will include eight plenary sessions devoted to lectures by keynote speakers, addressing the following topics:

1. Giorgio Graffi, History of Linguistics
2. Peter Auer, Sociolinguistics
3. Liliane Haegeman, Syntax
4. Angelika Kratzer, Semantics
5. W. Tecumseh Fitch, Origin and Evolution of Language
6. Philippe Schlenker, Pragmatics and Cognition
7. Karen Emmorey, Neurolinguistics
8. Mark Johnson, Computational Linguistics
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics
LL Issue: 23.3205

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Session: Origin of Language and Human Cognition
Workshop: Additive and Restrictive Quantification in Discourse
Workshop: Advances in Biolinguistics
Workshop: Grammatical Variation within Standard Varieties of Pluricentric Languages
Workshop: Language and Mind in Autism
Workshop: Lexical Categories United
Workshop: Modality as a Window on Cognition
Workshop: Multilingualism and Literacy
Workshop: Native Language Influences in Second Language Acquisition
Workshop: Negation and Polarity: Interfaces and Cognition
Workshop: Perspectives on Complexity
Workshop: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Logical Words
Workshop: The Semantics of Compounding
Workshop: TheoreticAl and Computational MOrphology
Workshop: Word Stress: Dialectal Variation and Perception

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