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Tue Jan 30 2001

Confs: Lang & Cognition: Syntax/Semantics Workshop

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  1. Dr. Holden Haertl, Language & Cognition/ Syntax-Semantics-Interface Workshop, Germany

Message 1: Language & Cognition/ Syntax-Semantics-Interface Workshop, Germany

Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 09:44:02 +0100
From: Dr. Holden Haertl <>
Subject: Language & Cognition/ Syntax-Semantics-Interface Workshop, Germany

2nd invitation
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Workshop 3 of the
DGfS conference 'Language and Cognition', 2001
Annual Conference of the German Society of Linguistics
Leipzig (Germany)

28th February - 2nd March, 2001

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Workshop 3:
The Syntax-Semantics-Interface: Linguistic Structures and Processes
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Holden Haertl (Leipzig)
Susan Olsen (Leipzig)
Heike Tappe (Hamburg)

We, the organizers of the above workshop, would like to announce our program
which has been set up now. The workshop aims to bring together experts
dealing with similar phenomena from various fields such as
psycholinguistics, theoretical linguistics, or cognitive science in general.
The discussion will focus on a definition of the mapping between concepts
and grammar by looking at specific linguistically related phenomena (cf. the
official description below).

To get more information about the workshop visit our website:

To get more information about the conference in general, its plenary
sessions, and the other workshops:

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Participants of workshop 3
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Phil Cummins, Boris Gutbrod, Ruediger Weingarten (Universitaet Osnabrueck)

Rainer Dietrich & Kathy Y. van Nice (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin):

Johannes Doelling (Universitaet Leipzig)

Heidrun Dorgeloh (University of Duesseldorf) & Anja Wanner (University of

David Dowty (Ohio State University)

Markus Egg & Kristina Striegnitz (Universitaet des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken)

Veronika Ehrich (Deutsches Seminar, Universitaet Tuebingen)

Markus Guhe (Universitaet Hamburg)

Joerg D. Jescheniak (Zentrum f�r Kognitionswissenschaften der Universitaet
Leipzig & MPI fuer neuropsychologische Forschung, Leipzig)

Gerard Kempen (Leiden University & MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

Ralf Nuese (Universitaet Heidelberg)

Andrea Schalley (Universitaet Muenchen)

Andreas Spaeth (Universitaet Leipzig)

Ladina Tschander (Universitaet Hamburg)

Elke van der Meer (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)

Femke F. van der Meulen (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

Heike Wiese (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)

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Description of the workshop
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While, in the past, theoretical linguistics concentrated on the static
properties of the linguistic system, increasing evidence has gathered for
the view that processes of language production should be seen as a field for
testing theoretical assumptions. This is a challenge as well as an
opportunity. Similarly, interdisciplinary research on language production
makes use of theoretical linguistic findings in modelling language
production. To what extent can linguistic theories and empirical research
profit from each other? The aim of this workshop is to promote discourse
about this subject, which has been increasing in importance both in Germany
(e.g. through the DFG research priority programme 'Language Production') and
internationally. In this spirit, we consider a discussion of interface
problems to be promising. By this we mean, firstly, the question concerning
the concrete interaction of the subcomponents of the linguistic system, a
question which cannot be avoided once one attempts to include a description
of the procedural aspects of the linguistic system. Secondly, more attention
should be paid to the manner, degree and time in which the linguistic and
non-linguistic systems influence each other.

The two areas just described are inextricably interwoven. Important here are
various general questions, which will be the centre of attention for the
workshop: Are there conceptual structures which have more than one possible
linguistic realisation? How can such divergent linguistic realisations be
motivated? At which level do the information units responsible for such
differing linguistic realisations enter into the language production
process? The workshop will deal with concrete questions pertinent to the
range of issues just sketched.

These questions can be related to aspects of the global processes of
perspectivisation and information structuring in the sense that they
influence the range of phenomena discussed above. Against this background,
several kinds of grammatical alternations, such as the causative or the
locative alternation could be examined.

Bierwisch, M. & Schreuder, R. (1992). From concepts to lexical items.
Cognition, 4, 23-60.

Levelt, W.J.M. (1989). Speaking: From intention to articulation. Cambridge,
MA: MIT Press.

Stutterheim C. & R. Meyer-Klabunde (1999) (eds.), Representations and
Processes in language production. (Studien zur Kognitionswissenschaft.).
Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitaetsverlag.

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Dr. Holden Haertl
University of Leipzig
English Department
Bruehl 34-50
04109 Leipzig
Tel: ++49 341 9737343
Fax: ++49 341 9737328
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