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Tue Jan 14 2003

Confs: Linguistic Systems and Cognitive Categories

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  1. robert, Linguistic Systems and Cognitive Categories, France

Message 1: Linguistic Systems and Cognitive Categories, France

Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 12:04:55 +0000
From: robert <>
Subject: Linguistic Systems and Cognitive Categories, France

Space in Languages: Linguistic Systems and Cognitive Categories

Short Title: Space in Languages
Location: Paris, France
Date: 07-FEB-03 - 08-FEB-03

Web Site: 
Contact Person: St�phane Robert
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Subfield(s): 
Cognitive Science, General Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Typology

Meeting Description: 

Space has been often viewed as a universal cognitive primitive, an 'a
priori form of intuition' that conditions all of our
experience. However, various studies show that linguistic and cultural
systems determine - at least partially - the nature and cognitive
accessibility of the information selected by speakers, thereby casting
some doubts on the supposedly universal properties of the category of
space. This evidence then raises questions concerning the impact of
linguistic categorization on perception, as well as the existence of a
single (a-modal) system or of two distinct (linguistic vs. perceptual
and motor) systems of spatial representations. First, how is space
encoded across languages and to what extent does space, as it is
linguistically encoded, reflect forms of perceptual experience and
which aspects of this experience do languages encode? Does space
constitute a pure and primitive category from which other linguistic
meanings are then derived ? 

The study of space can then be reframed in terms of several
fundamental questions, that will be addressed during this conference
from the point of view of linguistics (typology, diachrony,
sign-language), cognitive anthropology, the philosophy of language,
psycholinguistics, and neurosciences.
Space in languages: linguistic systems and cognitive categories

7-8 f�vrier 2003 / 7-8 February 2003
Ecole Normale Sup�rieure (salle Dussane)
45 rue dUlm, 75005 Paris

International conference organized by the research group on Language
diversity and change : cognitive implications (GDR 1955)

Financed by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Contact :



Friday 7 February

9h15-9h30	Opening

9h30-10h10	Colette Grinevald 
	(Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Universit� de Lyon 2)
	The expression of static location in a typological perspective.

10h10-10h50	Denis Creissels 
	(Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Universit� de Lyon 2)
Encoding the distinction between localization, the source of motion,
and the direction of motion: a typological study.

10h50-11h20	Pause

11h20-12h00	Alain Peyraube
	(Centre de Recherche sur les Langues d'Asie Orientale, EHESS Paris)
On the history of place words and localizers in Chinese: a cognitive approach.

12h00-12h40	Marie-Anne Sallandre 
	(UFR Sciences du Langage, Universit� de Paris 8)
	Iconicity in discourse: the role of space in French sign language.

12h40-14h30	Lunch

14h30-15h10	Chris Sinha
	(Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth)
Mapping and construal in spatial language and conceptualization:
language variation and acquisition.

15h10-15h50	Melissa Bowerman 
	(Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Constructing language-specific spatial categories in first language

15h50-16h20	Pause

16h20-17h00	Barbara Landau 
	(Department of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
	(De)Coupling of spatial language and spatial cognition.

17h00-17h40	Michel Denis
	(LIMSI, Orsay)
	Deficits in spatial discourse: the case of Alzheimer patients.

Saturday 8 February 

9h30-10h10	Anetta Kopecka 
	(Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Universit� de Lyon 2)
The semantic structure of motion verbs in French: typological perspectives.

10h10-10h50	Maya Hickmann 
	(Laboratoire Cognition et D�veloppement, Universit� de Paris 5)
	The relativity of motion in first language acquisition.

10h50-11h20	Pause

11h20-12h00	Dan Slobin 
	(Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley)
	What makes manner of motion salient?

12h00-12h40	J�r�me Dokic & Elisabeth Pacherie 
	(Institut Jean Nicod, EHESS Paris)
	Molyneux's question and frames of reference.

12h40-14h30	Lunch

14h30-15h10	Pierre Cadiot & Franck Lebas 
(Universit� de Paris 8, Laboratoire LATTICE & Universit� Clermont-Ferrand 2)
The French movement verb MONTER as a challenge to the status of
spatial reference.

15h10-15h50	Yves-Marie Visetti 
	(Laboratoire LATTICE, ENS Paris)
	Semantics and its models of perception and action.

15h50-16h30	Claude Vandeloise 
	(State University of Louisiana, B�ton Rouge)
	Are there spatial prepositions?

16h30-17h00	Pause

17h00-18h00	Table Ronde / Open discussion
 	chaired by
	St�phane Robert (LLACAN, INALCO Paris)


A final announcement containing the abstracts will be made by the end
of January. Abstracts will be available on the conference web page :


The place 
The Ecole Normale Sup�rieure is located in downtown Paris in the
Quartier Latin (5th area, close to the Pantheon). RER Station:
Luxembourg; Buslines : 21, 27, 38, 85. For further details, see the
ENS web page :

You can find a list of hotels, including students hotels, on the web
site of the Office de tourisme et des congr�s de Paris:
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