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LINGUIST List 17.2885

Wed Oct 04 2006

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Cognitive Science/Poland; General Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <danlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Joerg Zinken, Spatial Construals of Time: Theoretical and Empirical Issues
        2.    James Kirby, 43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society

Message 1: Spatial Construals of Time: Theoretical and Empirical Issues
Date: 04-Oct-2006
From: Joerg Zinken <joerg.zinkenport.ac.uk>
Subject: Spatial Construals of Time: Theoretical and Empirical Issues

Full Title: Spatial Construals of Time: Theoretical and Empirical Issues

Date: 15-Jul-2007 - 20-Jul-2007
Location: Cracow, Poland
Contact Person: Joerg Zinken
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2007

Meeting Description:

All cultures around the world manifest some form of conceptual organization dealing with chronological experience. Although the anthropology of time is a research field with a long history (e.g., Gell, 1992; Munn, 1992), a linguistic anthropology of time is less developed than one might expect (Levinson, 2004). In recent years, cognitive linguists and psychologists have started making theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of how humans construe temporal concepts (e.g., Boroditski, 2000; Evans, 2004; Gentner, 2001; Lakoff & Johnson, 1980; Moore, 2000; Núñez & Sweetser, 2006; Shinohara, 1999; Talmy, 2000; Zinken, in press). Much research has focussed on spatial construals of time (e.g., the use of an ego-centric front-back axis to conceptualize ideas such as future and past). How exactly spatial entities and experiences might be recruited for structuring temporal construals, and what variations and invariants exist, are open questions that require more scientific investigation.

The theme session aims to further consolidate this relatively new research field, and present the state of the art to the cognitive linguistic community. Presentations are invited reporting empirical findings from cross-linguistic research, ethnographic observations, gesture studies, and experimental investigations. Special emphasis will be put on the discussion of methodological issues and theoretical questions regarding the nature of the relationship between spatial and temporal conceptualisation and linguistic expression.

Boroditsky, L. (2000). Metaphoric structuring: Understanding time through spatial metaphors. Cognition, 75, 1–28.
Evans, V. (2004). The Structure of Time: Language, Meaning and Temporal Cognition. Amsterdam, Phil.: John Benjamins.
Gell, A. (1992). The Anthropology of Time. Cultural Constructions of Temporal Maps and Images. Oxford: Berg.
Gentner, D. (2001). Spatial metaphors in temporal reasoning. In M. Gattis(Ed.), Spatial schemas and abstract thought (pp. 203–222). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Lakoff, G., & Johnson, M. (1980). Metaphors we live by. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Levinson, S. C. (2004). Time for a linguistic anthropology of time. Current Anthropology, 43(Supplement), 122-123.
Moore, K. E. (2000). Spatial Experience and Temporal Metaphors in Wolof: Point of View, Conceptual Mapping, and Linguistic Practice. University of California, Berkeley.
Munn, N. D. (1992). The cultural anthropology of time: a critical essay. Annual Review of Anthropology, 21, 93-123.
Núñez, R. E., & Sweetser, E. (2006). With the future behind them: Convergent evidence from Aymara language and gesture in the crosslinguistic comparison of spatial construals of time. Cognitive Science, 30, 1-49.
Shinohara, K. (1999). Typology of space-time mappings. Unpublished manuscript.
Talmy, L. (2000). Toward a cognitive semantics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Zinken, J. (in press). Temporal frames of reference. In P. Chilton & V. Evans (Eds.), Language, cognition, and space. The state of the art and new directions. London: Equinox.

Theme Session Call for Papers

Spatial Construals of Time: Theoretical and Empirical Issues

Part of ICLC 10 in Cracow, 15 - 20 July 2007


Rafael Núñez, Vera da Silva Sinha, Chris Sinha, Eve Sweetser, Jörg Zinken


We invite abstracts of max. 1,000 words (including references). Abstracts should explicitly state research questions and context, methods, results, and implications. Please send your abstract to Jörg Zinken: joerg.zinkenport.ac.uk

Message 2: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society
Date: 03-Oct-2006
From: James Kirby <jkirbyuchicago.edu>
Subject: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society

Full Title: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society
Short Title: CLS 43

Date: 03-May-2007 - 05-May-2007
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contact Person: James Kirby
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/cls

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2006

Meeting Description:

43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 43)

The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society will be held May 3-5, 2007 at the University of Chicago. This year's conference will include a main session, focusing on the issue of gradience in grammar, and three parasessions described below.

Main Session: Gradience in Grammar

This year, the Main Session will focus on the issue of gradience in grammar, and consider the implications of gradience for linguistic theory more generally. Some of the myriad issues involved include:

- the relationship between acceptability and grammaticality;
- the status of the grammatical component as a distinct cognitive system;
- the tension between observed gradience as a property of the grammar versus a reflection of speaker variation;
- the range of empirical evidence that bears on these issues.

While we especially encourage submissions touching on the topic of gradience, equal consideration will be give to papers from all major linguistic subfields and frameworks, as well as from related cross-disciplinary areas, regardless of focus.

Invited Speakers:

R. Harald Baayen - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Chris Kennedy - University of Chicago
Tom Wasow - Stanford University

Parasession: Cross-linguistic variation in semantics

This session invites papers investigating aspects of cross-linguistic semantic variation involving less commonly studied languages or under-documented dialects of more commonly studied languages.

Invited Speaker:

Lisa Matthewson - University of British Colombia

Parasession: The syntax of wh-structures

This parasession will focus on the syntactic properties of so-called wh-structures, such as questions, topicalization, clefts, relative clauses, and other types of (unbounded) dependencies. Submissions from all theoretical and empirical perspectives are encouraged.

Invited Speaker:

Jim McCloskey - University of California, Santa Cruz

Parasession: Gaps, exceptions, and paradigm defectiveness

Papers in this parasession will explore the nature of gaps and exceptions in phonology and morphology and the range of motivations that can account for defective behavior.

Invited Speaker:

Kie Zuraw - University of California, Los Angeles

Presentation Format:

Each talk will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS Proceedings.

Submission Guidelines:

Anyone may submit one abstract as the sole author and a second as co-author, or two as co-author. All abstracts must be submitted online at http://clml.uchicago.edu/cls43. Abstracts should conform to the following specifications:

- PDF format, with filename ''Lastname - Paper Title'' (e.g., Patel - On Halkomelem Morphophonemics.pdf)
- 12-point font, 1-inch margins
- Title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, language, language family, linguistics subfield)
- Abstract should be no more than 500 words in length. Data, keywords, and references are not included in the final count, but please interleave data with the main body of the abstract if possible. Total abstract (including data and references) should not exceed 2 pages.
- Author name(s) should not appear on abstract!

Please note that abstracts submitted to CLS 43 will be evaluated under a two-tiered review system involving both external and internal reviewers.


All abstracts must be submitted by 8pm CST on Friday, December 15, 2006. The authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by mid-February 2007.

For questions not answered in this call, please contact us at cls43 at uchicago dot edu.

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