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LINGUIST List 18.2160

Mon Jul 16 2007

Confs: Anthro Ling,Cognitive Sci,Psycholing/Denmark

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        1.    Ocke-Schwen Bohn, Language in Cognition, Cognition in Language

Message 1: Language in Cognition, Cognition in Language
Date: 16-Jul-2007
From: Ocke-Schwen Bohn <engosbhum.au.dk>
Subject: Language in Cognition, Cognition in Language
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Language in Cognition, Cognition in Language

Date: 11-Oct-2007 - 13-Oct-2007
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Contact: Joshua Skewes
Contact Email: josh.skewesgmail.com
Meeting URL: http://www.lic.au.dk/index.jsp

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science;

Meeting Description:

The relationship between language and cognition has long intrigued scholars.
Many different and often incommensurable notions of the relationship have been
advocated, as a result generating an enormous amount of dispute and stimulating
a considerable body of experimental, observational, and theoretical research in
fields as diverse as linguistics, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy.

The American linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897-1941) in particular proposed that
a deep relation exists between language and thought. Known as the Whorfian
hypothesis (or the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis), in its strongest formulation this
hypothesis has it that the structure of one's mother tongue determines one's
conceptual categorisation of the world. The Whorfian hypothesis generated a good
deal of debate and empirical testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Following a
relative lull of a couple of decades in the late twentieth century, the
hypothesis has reappeared in scholarly debate, and stimulated emergence of a
rash of new formulations and methodologies. The language-cognition interface has
once again become a productive and engaging field of enquiry.

Perhaps the major difficulty in undertaking research in this domain has been the
lack of serious dialogue and exchange of ideas among scholars representing the
various disciplines, and failure to appreciate their respective methodological
and working expectations -- and limitations. One of the principal aims of this
conference is to confront this problem head-on by bringing together researchers
actively working at the disciplinary interfaces. Thus contributions, both pro
and con, have been invited from leading scholars in cognitive science,
neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, animal cognition, and

From the wide range of issues that could be addressed, the following have been
selected for particular focus in the conference, as most likely to yield
productive discussion and results:

language and the conceptualisation of space, motion, events, number, colour, and
time; theory of mind; ontogenetic and phylogenetic emergence of language and
conceptualisation; universal and language-specific aspects of (categorical)
perception; neurological aspects of language and conceptualisation

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