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Mon Oct 10 2005

Confs: General Ling/Discourse Analysis/Paris, France

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        1.    Jean Lassegue, Language, Culture and Mind 2

Message 1: Language, Culture and Mind 2
Date: 06-Oct-2005
From: Jean Lassegue <jean.lassegueens.fr>
Subject: Language, Culture and Mind 2

Language, Culture and Mind 2
Short Title: LCM 2006

Date: 17-Jul-2006 - 20-Jul-2006
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Jean Lassegue
Contact Email: lasseguelcm2006.net
Meeting URL: http://www.lcm2006.net

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse
Analysis; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories;
Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

PARIS 17-20 JULY 2006


The second 'Language Culture and Mind' Conference (LCM 2) will be held in Paris
in July 2006, following the successful first LCM conference in Portsmouth in 2004.

The goals of LCM conferences are to contribute to situating the study of
language in a contemporary interdisciplinary dialogue, and to promote a better
integration of cognitive and cultural perspectives in empirical and theoretical
studies of language.

Human natural languages are biologically based, cognitively motivated,
affectively rich, socially shared, grammatically organized symbolic systems.
They provide the principal semiotic means for the complexity and diversity of
human cultural life. As has long been recognized, no single discipline or
methodology is sufficient to capture all the dimensions of this complex and
multifaceted phenomenon, which lies at the heart of what it is to be human.

In the recent past, perception and cognition have been the basis of general
unifying models of language and language activity. However, a genuine
integrative perspective should also involve such essential modalities of human
action as: empathy, mimesis, intersubjectivity, normativity, agentivity and
narrativity. Significant theoretical, methodological and empirical advancements
in the relevant disciplines now provide a realistic basis for such a broadened

This conference will articulate and discuss approaches to human natural language
and to diverse genres of language activity which aim to integrate its cultural,
social, cognitive and bodily foundations. We call for contributions from
scholars and scientists in anthropology, biology, linguistics, philosophy,
psychology, semiotics, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive and
neuroscience, who wish both to impart their insights and findings, and learn
from other disciplines. Preference will be given to submissions which emphasize
interdisciplinarity, the interaction between culture, mind and language, and/or
multi-methodological approaches in language sciences.

Topics include but are not limited to the relation between language and:
- biological and cultural co-evolution
- comparative study of communication systems, whether animal or artificial
- cognitive and cultural schematization
- emergence in ontogeny and phylogeny
- multi-modal communication
- normativity
- thought, emotion and consciousness
- perception and categorization
- empathy and intersubjectivity
- imitation and mimesis
- symbolic activity
- discourse genres in language evolution and ontogeny
- sign, text and literacy

Caroline David (Université de Montpellier)
Jean-Louis Dessalles (École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris)
Jean Lassègue (CNRS, Paris)
Victor Rosenthal (Inserm-EHESS, Paris)
Chris Sinha (University of Portsmouth)
Yves-Marie Visetti (CNRS, Paris)
Joerg Zinken (University of Portsmouth)
Jordan Zlatev (Lund University)

Further information about LCM 2 will be presented at http://www.lcm2006.net


Submissions are solicited for oral presentations and poster sessions. Oral
presentations should last 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes discussion). All
submissions should follow the abstract guidelines below.

Submissions should be in English. Abstracts should not exceed 1200 words (about
two A4 pages), single-spaced, font size 12 pt or larger, with 2.5 cm margins on
all sides. Any diagrams and references must fit on this two page submission.

Head material (at the top of the first page):
- Title of the paper,
- Author name(s),
- Author affiliation(s) in brief (1 line),
- Email address of principal author
- Type of submission (oral presentation, poster)

Abstracts should be emailed to submissionlcm2006.net as an ATTACHMENT (i.e. not
included in the message) preferably as a MS Word document, but in PDF or
postscript format if it is necessary to include a diagram or figure.

Please do not send abstracts before December 1st 2005. Abstracts should be
submitted by January 8, 2006. Notification of acceptance by March 30, 2006. All
abstracts will be reviewed by members of the International Scientific Committee.

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