LINGUIST List 15.1382

Mon May 3 2004

Confs: General Linguistics / Limoges, France

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  1. pyr, Workshop on Language, Literature and Science

Message 1: Workshop on Language, Literature and Science

Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 06:13:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: pyr <>
Subject: Workshop on Language, Literature and Science

Workshop on Language, Literature and Science 
Short Title: WLLS 

Date: 24-May-2004 - 26-May-2004
Location: Limoges (Haute-Vienne), France
Contact: Pierre-Yves RACCAH, CNRS - CeReS
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Discourse Analysis, General Linguistics,
Linguistic Theories, Semantics, Ling & Literature

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Language Literature and Science: Under what conditions
could literature be the object of an empirical science? This workshop
is the second of the cycle of workshops on Language and Literature
that the CeReS (Centre de Recherches en S�miotique - CNRS and
University of Limoges) organizes at Limoges.

The aim of this second workshop is to settle a multi-disciplinary
collaboration, in order to examine the question whether literature can
(or cannot) be the object of an empirical science and, if yes, under
what conditions and, in particular, what kind of relationship should
hold between linguistics and 'literatology'.

Our aim is not only to set up criteria to discriminate serious
literary studies from hoaxes, but also to really question the
feasibility of a scientific approach to literary study, from the three
sides (the limits of literary studies, the limits of the role that
linguistic studies can play and the limits of science).

The following issues characterize the research program that the main
question suggests before the workshop: it is likely -- and
desirable -- that other issues, perhaps more relevant, will emerge
from the reflection; some of the following issues might also loose
their relevance.

1. Issue about the relevance of the main question
2. Issue about complexity
3. Issue about what is observable in literature
4. Issue about the relationship between science and hermeneutics
5. Issue about the relationship with aesthetics
6. Issue about the relationship between uniqueness and generality
7. Issue about predictability and the nature of scientific models
8. Issue about the relationship between text and meta-text

In order to ground the epistemological debate on concrete linguistic
and literary questions and specific activities, we selected two short
literary texts (one in French and one in English, to be chosen
according to your language preference) on which the participants are
asked to work in such a way that they can illustrate their
epistemological point. The different analyses of each text will be
compared to one another and, for each analysis, its relationship with
the different positions expressed in the epistemological debate will
be examined. The study of that text before the workshop has been found
to be necessary, in order for the discussions to be richer and to
avoid ideological biases.

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