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LINGUIST List 17.3124

Tue Oct 24 2006

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Phonetics/Germany; Typology/Austria

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

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        1.    Juergen Trouvain, Interdisciplinary Workshop 'The Phonetics of Laughter'
        2.    Eva Schultze-Berndt, Representation of Actions, States and Events in Classification Systems

Message 1: Interdisciplinary Workshop 'The Phonetics of Laughter'
Date: 24-Oct-2006
From: Juergen Trouvain <trouvaincoli.uni-sb.de>
Subject: Interdisciplinary Workshop 'The Phonetics of Laughter'

Full Title: Interdisciplinary Workshop 'The Phonetics of Laughter'

Date: 05-Aug-2007 - 05-Aug-2007
Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
Contact Person: Juergen Trouvain
Meeting Email: trouvaincoli.uni-sb.de
Web Site: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/conf/laughter-07/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Phonetics

Call Deadline: 16-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

Research investigating the production, acoustics and perception of laughter is
very rare. This is striking because laughter occurs as an everyday and highly
communicative phonetic activity in spontaneous discourse. This workshop aims to
bring researchers together from various disciplines to present their data,
methods, findings, research questions, and ideas on the phonetics of laughter
(and smiling).

The workshop will be held as a satellite event of the 16th International
Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany.


We invite submission of short papers of approximately 1500 words length. Oral
presentations will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion time. Additionally,
there will be a poster session.
All accepted papers will be available as on-line proceedings on the web, there
will be no printed proceedings. We plan to publish selected contributions for a
special issue in an international scientific journal.


All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by two reviewers.
Please send submissions by e-mail to laughtercoli.uni-sb.de specifying ''short
paper'' in the subject line and providing
1. for each author: name, title, affiliation in the body of the mail;
2. Title of paper;
3. Preference of presentation mode (oral or poster);
4. Short paper as plain text.

In addition you can submit audio files (as wav), graphical files (as jpg) and
video clips (as mpg). All files together should not exceed 1 Mb.

Important dates:

Submission deadline for short papers: March 16, 2007
Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2007
Early registration deadline: June 16, 2007
Workshop dates: August 5, 2007

Plenary lecture:

Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Organisation Committee:

Nick Campbell (ATR, Kyoto)
Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Jürgen Trouvain (Saarland University & Phonetik-Büro Trouvain, Saarbrücken)

Programme Committee:

Kai Alter (Newcastle University Medical School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Véronique Aubergé (Institut de la Communication Parlée, Grenoble)
Jo-Anne Bachorowski (Vanderbilt University, Nashville)
Hui-Chin Hsu (University of Georgia, Athens)
Daniel O'Connell (Georgetown University, Washington, DC)
Silke Kipper (Duke University, Durham, NC)
Sabine Kowal (Technical University Berlin)
Rod Martin (University of Western Ontario)
Lucie Ménard (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Shrikanth S. Narayanan (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)
Neal Norrick (Saarland University, Saarbrücken)
Eva Nwokah (Communic. Sciences and Disorders, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro)
Willibald Ruch (University of Zürich)
Bernd Pompino-Marschall (Humboldt University Berlin)
Béatrice Priego-Valverde (University Aix-en-Provence)
Marc Schröder (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI,
Diana Szameitat (Newcastle University Medical School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Dietmar Todt (Free University Berlin)


The laughter workshop will take place in the Centre for Language Research and
Language Technology on the campus of the Saarland University in Saarbrücken,
Germany. The campus is located in the woods and is 5 km from the town centre of


Jürgen Trouvain
Saarland University
FR. 4.7: Computational Linguistics and Phonetics
Building C7.4
Postfach 15 11 50
66041 Saarbrücken
E-mail: laughtercoli.uni-sb.de

For more details see http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/conf/laughter-07
Message 2: Representation of Actions, States and Events in Classification Systems
Date: 20-Oct-2006
From: Eva Schultze-Berndt <eva.schultzeberndtuni-graz.at>
Subject: Representation of Actions, States and Events in Classification Systems

Full Title: Representation of Actions, States and Events in Classification Systems

Date: 15-Jul-2007 - 20-Jul-2007
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact Person: Eva Schultze-Berndt
Meeting Email: eva.schultzeberndtuni-graz.at

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Call Deadline: 05-Nov-2007

Meeting Description:

Representation of Actions, States and Events in Classification Systems -
Universals and Typological Diversity (Theme Session ICLC 10, Krakow, 2007)

Call for Abstracts for a Theme Session at the 10th International Cognitive
Linguistics Conference in Krakow, Poland, July 15-20, 2007

Topic: ''Representation of Actions, States and Events in Classification Systems
- Universals and Typological Diversity''

Bill McGregor, Arhus University, Denmark; linwmghum.au.dk
Eva Schultze-Berndt, Graz University, Austria; eva.schultzeberndtuni-graz.at
Thekla Wiebusch, CRLAO, CNRS-EHESS, Paris, France; thekla.wiebuschhotmail.fr

Abstracts (for a 20 min. presentation) should be no longer than 500 words
(including examples and references) and be sent as attached word or text
document to Eva Schultze-Berndt by 5th November 2006.

Proposal text:
The theme session will bring together evidence from different languages and
disciplines to shed some light on features and criteria of human categorization
manifested specifically in the classification of actions, states and events.
This domain includes a wide array of abstract notions and concepts usually
associated with verbs. Their representation in different types of classification
systems has received much less attention than ''nominal'' concepts such as
animals, plants or artifacts. The classification systems taken into
consideration here manifest themselves in either (spoken or signed) language or
- Numeral classifier systems, for nouns and for verbs;
- Closed-class verbs functioning as classifiers in complex predicates;
- Semantic determinatives in writing systems;
- Event classifiers in sign languages.

The wide range of languages in which we find these classification systems allow
cross-linguistic comparison along several dimensions. At the same time, the
parallel existence of several classification systems in the same languages makes
it possible to distinguish system specific features from cognitive universals.

Questions to be addressed in this theme session include:
- What are basic concepts, i.e. basic actions, states or events in the different
systems and languages, and are there universals?
- What kind of domain structure do we find: e.g. prototype members, graded
membership, typical taxonomical or schematic relations between the classifying
and classified element?
- Which basic features of actions, states or events - e.g. direction, speed,
change of state, duration, repetition, agency, tools, human sensations etc. play
a role in the different classification systems? Are they parallel to features
found for living beings or artefacts, or do they form independent categories?
- Are there correlations between the function or syntactic features of the
different systems and semantic properties? More specifically: in languages using
more than one of the classification systems, will they show a coherent picture
or systematically system-specific characteristics?
- To what extent can we find synchronic and diachronic variation? Are there
universal tendencies of evolution, and in this case, can they be cognitively,
culturally or linguistically motivated?

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