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LINGUIST List 18.60

Wed Jan 10 2007

Calls: Semantics/Germany; Anthropological Ling, Lang Description/USA

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

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        1.    Albert Ortmann, Concept Types & Frames in Language, Cognition & Science
        2.    Nancy Garcia, Conference on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America

Message 1: Concept Types & Frames in Language, Cognition & Science
Date: 09-Jan-2007
From: Albert Ortmann <ortmannphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Concept Types & Frames in Language, Cognition & Science

Full Title: Concept Types & Frames in Language, Cognition & Science
Short Title: CTF07

Date: 20-Aug-2007 - 22-Aug-2007
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Anna Grabowski
Meeting Email: ctfphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de
Web Site: http://phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/fff/ctf/

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

The topic of the conference is the investigation of concept types (sortal,
relational, individual and functional concepts) and their respective
relationships to frames (recursive attribute-value structures). The
interdisciplinary conference combines approaches from linguistics,
computational linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, philosophy of science
and the history of science.

Second Call for Papers

Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition, and Science

International Conference
Düsseldorf (GER), August 20-22, 2007
Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Research Unit: Functional Concepts and Frames


Invited speakers:

Lawrence Barsalou
Vladimir Borschev
Xiang Chen
Charles Fillmore
Peter Gaerdenfors
Nicola Guarino
William McGregor
Peter Simons
Barbara Partee
Jeff Pelletier
Friedemann Pulvermüller

General chair: Sebastian Löbner

Organization: Thomas Gamerschlag, Christian Horn, Albert Ortmann, Markus
Werning, Stefanie Zaun

Scientific board: Heiner Fangerau, Hans Geisler, Christoph Kann, Jim
Kilbury, Gerhard Schurz, Ede Zimmermann

Administration & contact: Anna Grabowski (ctfphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de)

Linguistic perspectives

Nouns in natural language can be related to different basic types of
concepts. The basic types are sortal nouns (cow); individual nouns (e.g.
proper names) and functional nouns (size) are marked as inherently unique;
relational nouns (part) and functional nouns are marked by involving one or
more additional arguments. The focus of the conference is on functional

Linguistically, functional nouns are linked to grammatical phenomena such as
possessive constructions and definiteness. Cognitively, functional concepts
enable the unique identification of referents, for example as unique parts
of wholes, or as unique values of attributes. Therefore, functional nouns
and concepts are of special importance in the advanced evolution of human
language and scientific terminology. In fact, most lexicalised functional
concepts are the products of complex linguistic developments.

Philosophical and cognitive perspectives:

Frames, in Barsalou's sense, are recursive attribute-value structures. While
frames can be used to implement individual and sortal concepts, their
attributes can themselves be analysed as recursively interrelated functional
concepts. Given that frames are the basic format of concept formation in
cognition, attributes and frames might have neural correlates in our brain.
Frames are a natural linguistic and conceptual format for the representation
of complex ontologies that embody substance-accidence and part-whole
relations. Of particular interest is the relation of frames to complex
representational formats such as conceptual spaces and mental models.
Functional concepts and frames play a crucial role in the human evolution of
a stable cognitive framework for communication and cooperation, in everyday
life as well as in science. Insofar as the objects of a scientific
disciplines are defined in terms of underlying frames, Kuhnian paradigm
shifts are related to changes in the frames employed science.

The conference invites contributions to the following topics:

-Semantics and logic of concept types, in particular of functional, relational
and individual nouns.
-Typological characteristics of functional, relational and individual nouns,
including the typology of possession and definiteness.
-Historical development of functional and relational nouns and their grammatical
-Semantics, typology and evolution of stative dimensional verbs such as
cost, weigh, mean.
-Automatic classification of noun types in natural language corpora.
-Frames as meaning representations in compositional and decompositional
-The evolution of meaning and the role of functional concepts and
frames therein.
-The structure of scientific ontologies, especially in medicine and biology, and
their relation to functional concepts and frames.
-The development of central functional concepts such as ''substance'' in the
history of metaphysics.
-Functional concepts and frames in scientific theory and practice, from a
historical perspective, in particular in the history of medical science.
-The relation of changes of scientific frames to paradigm shifts.
-Potential neural correlates and neural net models of functional concepts and
-Formalization and computational modeling of functional concepts and

Abstract submissions of no more than 500 words are due by March 31, 2007 (note
that the original deadline was extended by one month).
Please use the online submission form at:

For further information please email to: ctfphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de.

The conference is sponsored by the DFG (German Research Foundation).
Message 2: Conference on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
Date: 08-Jan-2007
From: Nancy Garcia <nancy.garciautah.edu>
Subject: Conference on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America

Full Title: Conference on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
Short Title: CELCNA

Date: 13-Apr-2007 - 15-Apr-2007
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Contact Person: Nancy Garcia
Meeting Email: nancy.garciautah.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Language Description

Call Deadline: 16-Jan-2007

Meeting Description:

Conference on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America
2007. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Keynote speakers: Marianne Mithun (UCSB) and Christine Sims (Acoma
Pueblo; University of New Mexico)

Papers are invited on any aspect of endangered Native American languages, in
particular on documentation or revitalization. Native American participants are
especially invited. Papers are 20 minutes each in length, with an additional 10
minutes for discussion. Abstracts for posters are also invited - past poster
sessions have contributed significantly to the conference's success.

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