Linguistic & Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structuring

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The aim of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary forum to present and discuss recent work on markers of discourse structure: adverbials, connectives, discourse particles, etc. How can we categorize these markers? What kind of relations do they express? Can they combine several functions at the sentence level and/ or at the discourse level and, if so, which ones? What impact do discourse structure markers have on comprehension? When and how are they acquired? From what age are children able to master their use in oral and written discourse? The goal of the conference is more specifically to advance research into the relationship between the position of the markers concerned and their ability to play a role in discourse organization. Do these markers have a privileged position? We know that sentence initial position is a strategic position in terms of information structuring/packaging and memory. But can these factors override the word order constraints of each language? Are there also observable variations between discourse genres and between written and oral modes? We invite papers using cognitive and functional approaches, based on corpora in different languages at different stages of their evolution, as well as papers that report on psycholinguistic approaches based on behavioural data. TOPICS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: - Segmentation and linearization - Initial positioning - Saliency and Information Structure - Grammaticalization and evolution of structure markers - Typological approach to structure markers - Spatial and temporal discourse structure - Effects of discourse organization markers on comprehension - Acquisition and mastery of their use in discourse production - Role of text structuring devices in acquiring knowledge INVITED SPEAKERS: Peter Crompton (American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) Tuomas Huumo (University of Turku, Finland) Tuija Virtanen (Åbo Akademi University Department Of English, Finland) Isabelle Tapiéro (University of Lyon 2 – EMC, France) Yves Bestgen (FNRS - UCL, Belgium – representing the psycholinguistic group of the Spatial Framing Adverbials project) OFFICIAL LANGUAGES : English, French CONFERENCE WEB SITE: ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Laure Sarda Jeanne Aptekman Benjamin Fagard Shirley Carter Thomas Michel Charolles (LATTICE, UMR 8094 CNRS & ENS, Université Paris 3, Institut Télécom (Paris Sud)).

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Laure Sarda

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The Linguistic & Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structuring will be held from 21-Sep-2009 to 23-Sep-2009.

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Abstracts can be submitted from 15-Mar-2009 until 14-May-2009.

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Submitted Abstracts will be reviewed and rated from 15-May-2009 until 14-Jun-2009. Authors will be notified of their acceptance after 15-Jun-2009.

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