LINGUIST List 13.246

Tue Jan 29 2002

Calls: General Ling, Semiotics

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  1. Leora Bar-el, WECOL 2002 Call for papers
  2. Karin Wenz, Call for Papers: Semiotics

Message 1: WECOL 2002 Call for papers

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 13:48:24 -0800
From: Leora Bar-el <>
Subject: WECOL 2002 Call for papers

WECOL 2002
Western Conference on Linguistics

November 1-3, 2002

Abstract deadline: Friday, May 3, 2002

The Western Conference on Linguistics will be held this year at the
University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
on November 1-3, 2002.

This year's conference will include three special sessions: 
Semantics, Phonetics and First Nations Languages.

Semantics: Bill Ladusaw (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Phoneticis: John Esling (University of Victoria)
First Nations Languages: Emmon Bach (University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst and University of Northern British Columbia)

Abstracts are invited from all areas of linguistics and diverse
theoretical frameworks. Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes with
an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion. An author may
submit at most one individual and one joint abstract. In case of joint
authorship, one address should be designated for communication with
the WECOL 2002 committee.

We strongly encourage abstract submission by e-mail. Abstracts should
be sent as an attachment in PDF, Microsoft Word or Wordperfect
format. Abstracts should be no longer than one page, plus an
additional page for data and/or references. Margins should be at least
1 inch, in a typeface no smaller than 11 point. Please attach any
non-standard fonts you use in your abstract and use the subject header
"WECOL abstract + author's last name". Include all the author
information (1-8 below) in the body of the e-mail only. Do not put any
author information in the abstract itself. Electronic submissions may
be sent to

1. Title of paper
2. Session (main session or special session)
3. For main session submissions: appropriate subfield
4. Name(s) of author(s)
5. Affiliation(s)
6. Designated author's address
7. Designated author's telephone number (optional)
8. Designated author's e-mail address

If you cannot submit your abstract by e-mail, please send 6 anonymous
copies of your abstract and a separate index card containing the
information in 1-8 above to the following address:

WECOL 2002 Committee
Department of Linguistics
University of British Columbia
E270-1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6T 1Z1

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 4:00pm (pacific time) Friday,
May 3, 2002. The program will be announced in late-June.

Faxed abstracts cannot be accepted.

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the WECOL 2002
Proceedings. The final deadline for camera-ready paper submission will
be announced at the conference.

Further information will be available at:

For any other questions, please contact us at:
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Message 2: Call for Papers: Semiotics

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 10:53:18 +0100
From: Karin Wenz <>
Subject: Call for Papers: Semiotics


German Association for Semiotic Studies (DGS)
10th International Congress 19 to 21-7-2002
University of Kassel (Germany)


Body / Embodiment / Disembodiment
With the cognitive turn in semiotics, the corporality of signs has
more and more become a topic of sign theoretical reflection. For a
long time, semiotic structuralism had overemphasized the dogma of
arbitrariness, and signs were only considered as mere structures and
abstract relations. Today, the materiality, corporality, or bodily
nature of the signs is in the center of interest. The bodily nature of
signs is not only apparent in nonverbal and paralinguistic
communication, where the human body itself is the sign vehicle and
hence the embodiment of signs, but also in the process of cognitive,
neural, and cerebral processing of acoustic, visual, and other signs,
where bodies are the interpreters of sings. The bodily nature and the
embodiment of signs is a topic both of Applied Semiotics, where the
most diverse corporal and material forms of sings are under
investigation, and of Theoretical Semiotics, where the nature of the
sign vehicle has to be examined in the elaboration of adequate sign
models. Hardly discovered as a topic of semiotic research, the
corporality of signs already appears to be a topic of the past at the
turn of the third millennium. Faced with the virtuality of signs and
the possibility of simulating bodies in the new media, the futuristic
perspectives of new forms of sign corporality in bioinformatic
constructs of artificial life and with the perspectives of new
cybernetic symbioses between human bodies and robots in sign
processing, the disembodiment of the signs and its consequences for
the processes of semiosis is the new topic on the semiotic agenda.

Last, but not least, the ever increasing claim which the material mass
of human sign production and consumption is staking on our natural
environment and resources makes the disembodiment of the signs an
ecosemiotic prerequisite for our own future. The organizers of the
10th International Congress of the German Association for Semiotic
Studies herby encourage the submission of papers and suggestions
concerning the general topic of this congress. Contributions are
expected to come from many fields of transdisciplinary semiotic
research, such as biology, medicine, art, music, architecture,
linguistics, literary and media studies, history. information science,
economics or legal studies.

Further details can be obtained from the DGS website The Congress will take place during the
International Art Exhibition Documenta 11 and for this reason the
inscriptions and reservations of accomodations will have to be made
several months in advance.

deadline for submission: 15.4.2002

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