LINGUIST List 13.74

Mon Jan 14 2002

Calls: Lang & Sexuality, Computational Semiotics

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  1. HELEN SAUNTSON, call for papers: language and sexuality
  2. Alexander Mehler, Calls: Computational Semiotics

Message 1: call for papers: language and sexuality

Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 14:12:50 -0000
Subject: call for papers: language and sexuality


Kingston University is pleased to announce:

Love is a many splendoured thing!
Interdisciplinary seminar on language, love and sexuality

Kingston University, 8-9 April 2002

Keynote lecture by Professor Jennifer Coates
(University of Surrey Roehampton)

The objectives of the seminar are:

a.. To provide an appropriate forum for discussing and exploring some
of the relationships between language, love and sexuality across
languages, cultures, and disciplines

b.. To discuss and explore the plurality of meanings and expressions
of love and sexual identities

c.. To bring together various disciplines working in these areas and
to promote collaborative interdisciplinary study in the area of
language, love, sexuality and sexual relationships Some of the most
prominent issues we hope to explore during the seminar


a.. How people use various linguistic features (lexis, intonation,
grammar, conversation structure etc) to construct their sexual
identities and relationships

b.. How people express love and desire through a variety of
linguistic features

c.. What people's linguistic behaviour reveals about the different
conceptualisations of love and sexuality

d.. How membership of specific social groups, based on sexual and
lifestyle choice, may be signalled through language

e.. How social and political ideologies/discourses of love and
sexuality may be identified and constructed through language This list
is by no means exhaustive and we would welcome contributions on other
related issues.

Although the seminar aims to explore the relationships between
language, love and sexuality, we do not wish to restrict participation
to those working within linguistics. As one of the principle aims of
the seminar is to promote interdisciplinary study within the area of
love and sexuality, coverage of the issues is welcomed from any
relevant discipline, providing a discussion of the role that language
plays is central to the contribution. Love and sexuality pervade every
area of life, including language, and we hope that the proposed
seminar will reflect this. Other such disciplines could be (the list
is not exhaustive) sociology, psychology, gender studies, literature,
women's studies and languages.

The ethos of the seminar is intended to be one of acceptance, respect
and equality. "Love" and "sexuality" will not be restricted to certain
categories and specific kinds of love and sexuality will not be given
preference over others. Therefore, special theme sessions will be set
up to explore the following areas:

Women, language, and culture


Queer studies

Your contribution to the seminar

We welcome contributions on any topic which is relevant to the themes
and objectives of the seminar as outlined above. Papers are expected
to last 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be between 100-150 words and the deadline for receipt
is Friday 22nd February 2002. Please send your abstract by email to Please include with your abstract your
name, affiliation, email and postal addresses.

Seminar registration fee - $20

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sakis Kyratzis (Seminar co-ordinator)

Helen Sauntson (Seminar co-ordinator)
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Message 2: Calls: Computational Semiotics

Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 14:06:54 +0100
From: Alexander Mehler <>
Subject: Calls: Computational Semiotics

Computational Semiotics,
a section of the 10. International Congress of the 
German Association for Semiotic Studies
University of Kassel (Germany)
July 19-21 2002


A section "Semiotics and the Computer" is in preparation for the 10th
International Congress of the German Association for Semiotic Studies
(DGS), to be held at the University of Kassel (Germany), July 19-21,
2002. The main topic of this section will be a determination and
delimitation of different conceptions of the relationship between
semiotics and the computer. Examples of such conceptions are:

- the simulation of sign processes by means of procedural models
implemented as computer programs that can be the basis of information
systems ("Computational Semiotics"),

- the realization of semiotic processes in computers, transforming
computers into semiotic machines ("Artificial Semioses", "Semiotic

- the use of semiotic principles as a basis for computer science
("Semiotically Based Computer Science"),

- the semiotics of the computer as a part of a general
transdisciplinary unifying semiotics ("Computer Semiotics").

This is an invitation to participate in the work of this section.
Contributions dealing with its main topic are particularly welcome.
Contributions dealing with other aspects of the relationship between
semiotics and computers will be accepted as well. If you are
interested to submit a paper, please send the following information
before April 10th, 2002, to

1. Name, 
2. Affiliation, 
3. Address, 
4. Email, Telephone, Fax, 
5. Website (optional), 
6. Title of paper proposal and an abstract of 2000-3000 signs. 

Don't hesitate to ask us for further information:

Prof. Dr. Udo L. Figge
Romanisches Seminar, Ruhr-Universit�t Bochum, D-44780 
Bochum, Germany
Tel.: +49.(0)234.32-22630, Fax: +49.(0)234.32-02630,

Dr. Alexander Mehler
Linguistische Datenverarbeitung/CL, Universit�t Trier, D-54286 Trier
Tel.: +49.(0)651.201-2265, Fax: +49.651.201-3946

See also

for further information regarding the section.
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