LINGUIST List 10.828

Fri Jun 4 1999

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  1. Li Wei, Culture, Cognition, & Communication/ E Asia
  2. Susanne Niemeier, Cognitive Linguistics LAUD 2000

Message 1: Culture, Cognition, & Communication/ E Asia

Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 11:31:16 GMT0BST
From: Li Wei <>
Subject: Culture, Cognition, & Communication/ E Asia


Harmony: Culture, Cognition and Communication in East Asia

	There seems little controversy about the fact that interpersonal
communication is goal-directed. The goal itself, however, is often
culture-specific. Hall observed in Beyond Culture (1976) that, in 
'high-context' cultures such as those of East Asia, most of the 
meaningful information in interactional communication is in the context, 
which is not only shared by the speaker and the hearer, but also 
internalised in their cognition. Those participating in interactions do 
so with well-developed knowledge of mutual relations and a high 
sensitivity to nonverbal cues and subtle affect. People from Western 
cultures, especially low-context cultures where interactional 
communication can be characterised as much more direct and explicit 
verbal communication, often find this kind of communication ambiguous and 
confusing. Such ambiguity, however, has not acted as a motivation for 
people to learn more about each other in relation to what make sense in 
their cultures, as Hall called for, but given rise to a series of 
stereotypical dichotomies such as collective vs individualistic, or 
dependent vs independent. 

	The purpose of this panel, therefore, is to overcome these simplistic 
dichotomies by exploring language use and communication of East
Asia in relation to whata make sense in their cultures. As the first 
step of a series of such explorations, we shall focus on 'harmony', the 
core cultural value. In East Asian cultures, 'harmony' is a keynote of 
existence. Individuals strive to reconcile divergent forces, principles 
and points of view in order to maintain harmony. In accordance with 
Confucian teachings, which dominate the cultural cognition of East 
Asians, confrontation is avoided and 'face' protected. Mutually 
satisfactory and face-saving outcomes are the goal of communication and 
take precedence over the attainment of any other goal by any one 

	Lest one stereotype be replaced by another, the reality of changes
in language use should not be ignored. To what extent are Western 
patterns of interaction finding their way into East Asian cultures? What 
forms might they take? Where might they be found? What are the 

	The proposed forum aims to gather contributors from different
disciplinary backgrounds to examine in a detailed and systematic manner 
the impact of the goal of 'harmony' on language use and communication in 
East Asian countries . Variations among different groups as well as 
among neighbouring regions may highlight differences in the understanding 
of the concept of harmony, and are expected to be brought up for 
discussion. Such variations may be the result of many factors, or 
outside influences, of social change, of time. 
	Contributions can take the form of a 15-minutes paper presentation on 
field observations, experiments or discourse data analysis. 

	Those who are interested in participating should contact 
1) Professor Li Wei, Department of Speech, University of Newcastle upon 
Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK (Fax: +44 (0) > 191 222 6518; e-mail: 
2) Professor Sachiko Ide, Department of English, Japan Women's
University, 2-8-1 Mejiro dai, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112, Japan (Fax: +81 (0)3 
3983 2730;

Abstracts (One page on A4 paper, fax and email are accepted) should be 
sent to BOTH Li Wei and Sachiko Ide by August 31,99. After selection by 
panel organizers they are sent to IPrA office.

Abstracts are selected in two levels. 
1) by panel organizers
2) by IPrA conference committee


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Message 2: Cognitive Linguistics LAUD 2000

Date: Wed, 02 Jun 1999 09:39:18 +0200
From: Susanne Niemeier <>
Subject: Cognitive Linguistics LAUD 2000




University of Koblenz-Landau at Landau (Germany)

28-31 March 2000

Ten Years After: Cognitive Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition,
Language Pedagogy, and Linguistic Theory

The LAUD symposium held in Duisburg in 1990 marked "the birth of cognitive
linguistics as a broadly grounded, self-conscious intellectual movement"
(Langacker). Ten years after this First International Cognitive Linguistics
Conference, LAUD once again invites papers related to general issues of
cognitive linguistics with special reference to language acquisition
research and language pedagogy. Although cognitive linguistics can
certainly be characterized as the most rapidly expanding linguistic
paradigm of the last decade, the impact of this linguistic theory on
research in language acquisition and foreign language teaching has not even
appeared at the periphery of CL. Since the earliest stages, the pedagogical
implications of CL have been largely ignored. Consequently, LAUD 2000
intends to stimulate the contributions that CL can make to the areas of
language acquisition and language pedagogy. Simultaneously, it wants to
discuss new positions and developments in more general fields of cognitive
linguistics research.

The conference is therefore aimed at three interrelated areas within
cognitive linguistics. 
We invite papers which consider (1) the interaction between language,
cognition and acquisition, (2) the pedagogical implications that cognitive
linguistics may favour, and (3) cognitive principles of linguistic, i.e.
conceptual organization

(1)	Language, cognition, and language acquisition
Specific areas of inquiry at the symposium will include, but will not be
limited to:

- models of second language acquisition in natural settings
- cognitive approaches to language learning research
- psycholinguistic experiments in language learning
- comprehension and production strategies in language learning
- languages in contrast: L1 and L2 conceptualizations
- corpus requirements in language learning
- the role of the first language
- the role of memory and lexical learning

(2)	Pedagogical implications favoured by cognitive linguistics
Specific areas of inquiry at the symposium will include, but will not be
limited to:

- general: insights prevailing in CL and their possible relevance for the
teaching of grammar/vocabulary in foreign language pedagogy
- basic level items and prototype categories in the acquisition of vocabulary
- CL and pedagogical grammars
- the function of a cognitive grammar of English
- from meaning-focused to form-focused instruction
- the role of grammatical rules as applications of cognitive principles
- CL and the 'consciousness raising' movement
- the teaching of language-specific conceptualizations

(3)	Cognitive principles of linguistic, i.e. conceptual organization
Specific areas of inquiry at the symposium will include, but will not be
limited to:

- linguistic categories and cognitive models
- conceptual metaphors and metonymies, e.g. emotion concepts
- schemas and prototypes exploited and built up in and across language(s)
- construals within languages and across languages
- iconicity in language and thought
- language and space as the basis of concrete and abstract conceptualization
- language, culture and thought, i.e. language as a culture's symbolization

The final date for submitting one-page abstracts will be July 1, 1999.

Abstracts should be sent by email to each of the following, from whom
further information can also be obtained:

Martin P\252tz 
email: <>

Susanne Niemeier
email: <>

Local Conference Organizer:

Martin P\252tz 
University of Koblenz-Landau
at Landau
Institut f\252r Anglistik
Im Fort 7
76829 Landau, Germany
Tel: +49-06341-280-162
Fax: +49-06341-280-376

in cooperation with
Susanne Niemeier 
University of Bremen, Germany

Dr. Susanne Niemeier
Universitaet Bremen, FB 10
Postfach 330440
D - 28334 Bremen 
Tel.: *49 - 421 - 218-7792
Fax: *49 - 421 - 218-4283

priv.: 04298 - 698268
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