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LINGUIST List 18.2980

Fri Oct 12 2007

Calls: Discourse Analysis/UK; Computational Ling,Psycholing,Socioling/UK

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Christopher Hart, Risk as Discourse
        2.    Charlotte Gooskens, Measuring Linguistic Relations Between Varieties

Message 1: Risk as Discourse
Date: 12-Oct-2007
From: Christopher Hart <c.j.hartherts.ac.uk>
Subject: Risk as Discourse
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Full Title: Risk as Discourse

Date: 10-Jul-2008 - 11-Jul-2008
Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Jens Zinn
Meeting Email: j.zinnkent.ac.uk
Web Site: http://cadaad.org/cadaad08/themesessions

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2007

Meeting Description

This session invites papers from linguistics researchers, sociologists and other
social scientists who examine the semantic of risk, how risk discourse takes
place in different social domains and how it developed historically.

In public and academic discourse risk gained ground in the last decades. Many
sociologists believe that risk has become the core category to understand social
reproduction and change (Beck 1992; Giddens 1991). However, there are still
major debates about the characteristics of risk as a social semantic and how
risk occupies a position as a social ''master-discourse''.

This session invites papers from linguistics researchers, sociologists and other
social scientists who examine the semantic of risk, how risk discourse takes
place in different social domains and how it developed historically.
Contributions which reflect on the ideological character of risk are
particularly welcome.

This session is intended as an interdisciplinary session, which brings together
risk researchers and socio-linguists interested in discourse analysis. It is
organised by the Social Contexts and Responses to Risk network (SCARR) and the
research networks on the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (SoRU) of the
European Sociological Association (ESA, RN22) and the International Sociological
Association (ISA, TG04).
Message 2: Measuring Linguistic Relations Between Varieties
Date: 12-Oct-2007
From: Charlotte Gooskens <c.s.gooskensrug.nl>
Subject: Measuring Linguistic Relations Between Varieties
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Full Title: Measuring Linguistic Relations Between Varieties

Date: 04-Aug-2008 - 08-Aug-2008
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Charlotte Gooskens
Meeting Email: c.s.gooskensrug.nl

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2007

Meeting Description

During the Thirteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology 4-8
August 2008 (Methods XIII), a workshop on measuring linguistic relations between
closely related varieties is organized. Details about Methods XIII are available
from the conference website, at www.leeds.ac.uk/english/methods.htm.

Call for Papers

1.Content: Measuring linguistic relations between closely related varieties

This workshop focuses on measuring linguistic relations between dialects of a
language or between closely related languages. There has been a long interest in
measuring linguistic relations, especially in measuring the similarity between
varieties. Two main approaches can be distinguished. On the one hand, behavioral
data has been elicited through intelligibility tests or by asking for judgments
of linguistic affinity in perception experiments (the judgment of whether a
dialect is like one's own). On the other hand, computational methods have been
developed in the field of dialectometry. These methods have been applied to
linguistic data directly, without intervening subjective judgment, and have been
used successfully to measure dialect distances and to make dialect maps. As it
turns out, some of the latter, computational measures correlate significantly
with the former, perceptual measures of affinity. Other computational measures
appear to predict intelligibility between closely related languages to a high
In this workshop we are interested in studies concerned with both approaches to
measure linguistic similarity. We are especially interested in studies which aim
to relate the two approaches.

Examples of possible research topics are:

- similarity measurements at different linguistic levels (lexical, phonetic,
phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic);
- the relative contribution of different linguistic levels to the perception of
varieties and their similarity or ''strangeness'';
- intelligibility measurements;
- perceptual distances (of ''strangeness'');
- dialectometric measurements;
- laymen's intuitions about similarity;
- correlation between linguistic measurements and geographical distance or other
extralinguistic conditions;
- role of tones and prosody in linguistic relations;
- validation of computational estimates of intelligibility through behavioral
- the significance of asymmetric intelligibility.

2. Keynote speaker: Prof. Vincent J. van Heuven, Leiden University, The Netherlands

3. Organizers: Renée van Bezooijen, Charlotte Gooskens, Sebastian Kürschner,
Prof. John Nerbonne, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

4. Format: We will integrate the full-day workshop into the conference tightly,
e.g. using the same schedule and announcing the workshop talks individually in
the conference program, facilitating switching from other sessions to this workshop.

5. Publication: We have organized similar workshops at the last 'Methods', and
the proceedings have appeared as special issues of Computing in the Humanities
and Literary and Linguistic Computing. We shall investigate opportunities for
publishing the refereed proceedings of this workshop as well.

6. Abstracts: Please send abstracts of up to 300 words excluding bibliography,
preferably as PDF, to Charlotte Gooskens c.s.gooskensrug.nl no later than 31
October 2007.

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