LINGUIST List 15.2374

Tue Aug 24 2004

Calls: Lang Acquisition/Germany; General Ling/Hungary

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  1. hohenberger, (In)determinism in Language Acquisition
  2. sandor, Seeing, Understanding, Learning in the Mobile Age

Message 1: (In)determinism in Language Acquisition

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 02:44:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: hohenberger <>
Subject: (In)determinism in Language Acquisition

(In)determinism in Language Acquisition 

Date: 23-Feb-2005 - 25-Feb-2005
Location: Cologne, Germany
Contact: Annette Hohenberger
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Language Acquisition 

Call Deadline: 05-Sep-2004

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss dynamical
approaches to language acquisition. This workshop is part of the 27th
Annual Conference of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS)

Title: (In)determinism in Language Acquisition

Annette Hohenberger (MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences,
Annemarie Peltzer-Karpf (University of Graz)
Carolina Plaza Pust (University of Frankfurt)

Invited Keynote speaker: David Lightfoot, University of Maryland

In this workshop, we will be concerned with the role of determinism
and indeterminism in language acquisition.

In the course of the past 15 years, various dynamical approaches have
penetrated language acquisition research and accumulated evidence that
(i) language is a non-linear dynamical system and (ii) its development
is poised between deterministic and indeterministic processes. Thus,
language development does not take a linear path but comes in phases
of intermittent turbulence, fluctuation, and stability. It seems,
where determinism and indeterminism meet, complex order emerges
through self-organization.

Topics of the workshop may include, but are not limited to:
- theoretical and empirical approaches to first and second language
acquisition (L1, L2+) as well as multilingual acquisition, referring
to any language module (phonology, morphology, syntax,
lexicon/semantics, pragmatics)
- dynamical approaches to language development on different time
scales (evolutionary, phylogenetic, ontogenetic, microgenetic)
- non-linear phenomena in language acquisition: self-organization,
self-similarity, bifurcation, bootstrapping, triggers, critical mass,
- the interplay between language acquisition and the neurocognitive
development of the brain
- tools and methods of dynamical language acquisition research
- macro- and micro-variation, inter- and intra-individual differences
in language acquisition

In this workshop, we want to bring together scholars of language
acquisition from various theoretical backgrounds, who share a common
interest in non-linear models and self-organization. We explicitly
encourage an interdisciplinary discourse by embracing concepts and
insights from neighboring disciplines like biology and physics. We
cannot fully predict the outcome of this workshop but expect a
stimulating discussion - (in)determined by you and us.

Presentations will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion


Abstracts should not exceed 1 page (1 inch margins, 12 pt) and include
title, name of the author(s), affiliation, e-mail address. Please
submit your abstract in English or German and send it as an attachment
in word or rtf to


Notification of acceptance: 15-SEPT-2004

CONFERENCE: 23 to 25 FEB 2005


Participants are expected to register for the Conference of the German
Linguistics Society. There will be a moderate fee.
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Message 2: Seeing, Understanding, Learning in the Mobile Age

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 05:30:59 -0400 (EDT)
From: sandor <>
Subject: Seeing, Understanding, Learning in the Mobile Age

Seeing, Understanding, Learning in the Mobile Age

Date: 28-Apr-2005 - 30-Apr-2005
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Contact: Kristof Nyiri
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2004

Meeting Description:

Contributions are invited from philosophers, psychologists, education
theorists, and other interested scholars on the following and related
- from seeing to understanding
- visual communication and pictorial meaning
- from static pictures to dynamic images
- writing, speaking, messaging
- collective thinking and the network individual
- mobile communication and scientific change
- technology, media and the dissemination of knowledge
- ubiquitous learning and the transformation of education

Submissions are invited for a conference on

Seeing, Understanding, Learning in the Mobile Age

which is to take place in Budapest, April 28-30.

Speakers will include Jacques Derrida, Maurizio Ferraris, Peter Glotz,
Rom Harr�, James Katz, Marcelo Milrad, and Mike Sharples.

Target dates: Submission of abstracts (max. 300 words) and short
biographical statements (max. 150 words) by Dec. 1, 2004. Early
submissions are strongly encouraged. Please send your submissions to
Krist�f Ny�ri <>. -- Those submitting abstracts will
be notified of the decision concerning acceptance by January 5,
2005. -- Deadline for receipt of draft full-length versions of papers:
March 15. Receipt of draft papers by this deadline is a condition for
inclusion in the program. The papers will be compiled and distributed
to all participants at the time of the conference. -- Deadline for
receipt of final manuscripts for inclusion in the published conference
proceedings: Sept. 1, 2005.

The conference is organized by the Institute for Philosophical
Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and T-Mobile Hungary
Co. Ltd.

Conference website:

Website of the research project

Earlier volumes published in the framework of this conference series:
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