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  1. mg246, Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics, NY USA

Message 1: Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics, NY USA

Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 23:43:50 +0000
From: mg246 <>
Subject: Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics, NY USA

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics Workshop

Short Title: EMCL
Location: Ithaca, New York, USA
Date: 02-MAY-03 - 04-MAY-03

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Monica Gonzalez-Marquez
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

Recent years have witnessed a virtual explosion of theory about the
relationship between language and cognition in work on cognitive
grammar (Langacker), cognitive semantics (Talmy), conceptual
integration (Fauconnier & Turner), and conceptual metaphor (Lakoff,
Sweetser). However, most of the empirical support for these theories
lies in the linguistic judgments and intuitions of their
proponents. While this is a powerful form of empirical support, the
wide-ranging nature of the claims in cognitive linguistics creates a
particular need for converging evidence from other techniques in
cognitive science in order to assess both its assumptions and its
conclusions about cognitive phenomena. The Empirical Methods in
Cognitive Linguistics Workshop is motivated by the idea that
experimental and observational work can help substantiate the claims
of cognitive linguistics, and to further develop an empirically valid
account of the connection between language and

This interdisciplinary workshop is intended to provide a forum where
people doing experimental and observational research in cognitive
linguistics can come together to obtain a comprehensive picture of
progress in this endeavor, and to identify areas for future
investigation. During the workshop, we will explore the use of various
experimental and observational methods to address particular issues
relevant to language and cognition.

To this end, the goals of the workshop are:

-to evaluate experimental and empirical support for various claims in
cognitive linguistics;
-to address practical and methodological issues such as experimental
design, data collection and analysis (including audio/video corpora,
eye-tracking, gesture, fMRI/EEG, image schemas, 
-to explore how data from natural language corpora can be fruitfully
incorporated in experimental work;
-to create a network of researchers with common interests and concerns
for continued collaboration.

This event is sponsored and generously funded by the Cognitive Studies
Program at Cornell University.
3rd Call for Student Participants

Scientists from all nations, and especially women and minorities, are
encouraged to attend and participate.
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