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LINGUIST List 19.2177

Tue Jul 08 2008

Calls: Cog Sci,Psycholing,Typology/Germany; Translation/Australia

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        1.    Carla Umbach, DGfS-workshop on Comparison and Similarity
        2.    Najia A., Third IATIS Conference: Mediation and Conflict


Message 1: DGfS-workshop on Comparison and Similarity
Date: 07-Jul-2008
From: Carla Umbach <carla.umbachuos.de>
Subject: DGfS-workshop on Comparison and Similarity
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Full Title: DGfS-workshop on Comparison and Similarity
Short Title: Comparison&Similarity

Date: 04-Mar-2009 - 06-Mar-2009
Location: Osnabrueck, Germany
Contact Person: Carla Umbach
Meeting Email: comparisoncogsci.uni-osnabrueck.de
Web Site: http://www.cogsci.uni-osnabrueck.de/CL/comparison

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2008

Meeting Description:

The workshop is part of the 31. annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS). We would like to address the question of what
strategies there are in natural languages to express comparison, how theses
strategies can be modeled, and how these strategies relate to the findings from
Cognitive Psychology. We are interested in semantic/pragmatic approaches as well
as contrastive/typological studies and, in particular, contributions from
Cognitive Psychology.

Second Call for Papers

''Comparison constructions and similarity-based classification''

Workshop at the 31. annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), 4- 6 March, 2009, Osnabrück

Classification of objects and situations can be expressed linguistically in two
basic ways, either by ascribing a (nominal or verbal etc.) predicate to the
object/ situation, or by comparing the object/ situation to some entity known to
the addressee. When ascribing a predicate classification is performed according
to the meaning of the predicate. In (1a), for example, we are told that Anna's
height is 1,80m. But when using a comparison construction the classifying
property has to be inferred from a similarity relation between the compared
entities and the relevant respect of similarity. Thus, in (1b) we only learn
that Anna and Marie are similar with respect to height and we have to infer
Anna's height from what we know about Marie. Likewise, in (2a) the property of
the student in question is explicitly mentioned while (2b) it has to be inferred
from what we know about Marie.

(1) a. Anna ist 1,80m groß. 'Anna is 1,80 tall'
b. Anna ist so groß wie Marie. 'Anna is as tall as Marie'
(2) a. Uns fehlt eine kluge Mathestudentin im Seminar.
'We need a clever Math student in the seminar.'
b. Uns fehlt eine Studentin wie Marie im Seminar.
'We need a student like Marie in the seminar.'

While the meaning of comparison constructions based on gradable adjectives has
been discussed in detail (e.g., Bierwisch 1986, Kennedy 1999), there are few
approaches addressing comparison constructions beyond the adjectival domain and
there is no general account of how similarity is exploited in natural language.
On the other hand, in Cognitive Psychology similarity-based classification is
regarded as a basic cognitive ability of human agents and has been studied at
length (cf. Hahn & Chater 1998).

In the workshop, we would like to address the question of
- what strategies there are in natural languages to express comparison,
- how theses strategies can be modeled, and
- how these strategies relate to the findings from Cognitive Psychology.
We are interested in semantic/pragmatic approaches as well as
contrastive/typological studies and, in particular, contributions from Cognitive
Psychology.

Invited speakers:
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Ulrike Hahn (School of Psycholgy, Cardiff University)
Manfred Bierwisch (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
Peter Bosch (University of Osnabrück)

Organizers:
Carla Umbach (University of Osnabrück, carla.umbach 'at' uos.de)
Klaus von Heusinger (University of Stuttgart, Klaus.vonHeusinger 'at'
ling.uni-stuttgart.de)

Abstract submission:
There are 12 slots for presentations (30 minutes, including discussion), in
addition to the invited talks. Abstracts should be anonymous and at most 2 pages
in length. Please send your abstracts electronically (pdf, ps, rtf) to
comparison 'at' cogsci.uni-osnabrueck.de, and include your name, affiliation and
the title of the abstract in the body of the e-mail.

Deadline for abstract submission: July 31, 2008
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2008

News: Student support
Students who give a talk in the workshop can apply for financial support by the
DGfS (250 EU). If you want to apply, please inform the organizers (preferably
when submitting your abstract). Chances are fairly good.

Scientific Committee:
Manfred Bierwisch (Berlin), Peter Bosch (Osnabrück), Regine Eckardt (Göttingen),
Cornelia Endriss (Osnabrück), Ulrike Hahn (Cardiff), Louise McNally (Barcelona),
Rick Nouwen (Utrecht), Malte Zimmermann (Potsdam)

web link: http://www.cogsci.uni-osnabrueck.de/CL/comparison/
Message 2: Third IATIS Conference: Mediation and Conflict
Date: 07-Jul-2008
From: Najia A. <najia03yahoo.com>
Subject: Third IATIS Conference: Mediation and Conflict
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Full Title: Third IATIS Conference: Mediation and Conflict
Short Title: IATIS

Date: 08-Jul-2009 - 10-Jul-2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact Person: IATIS IATIS.Abstractsarts.monash.edu.au
Meeting Email: IATIS.Abstractsarts.monash.edu.au
Web Site:
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Current-Events/2009-Events/IATIS-Conference/Default.asp[4]


Linguistic Field(s): Translation

Call Deadline: 17-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

The theme of the conference is: Mediation and Conflict: Translation and Culture
in a Global Context. This embraces such topics as globalisation and
localisation, cultural translation, intercultural relations and transnational
media.

Call for Papers

Related thematic areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

- the role of translation in the reporting of conflict across linguistic and
cultural divides;
- 'cultural translation' between mainlands and diasporas, as well as among
diasporas;
- the translator / interpreter as cultural broker in a transnational world;
- intercultural relations and their political impact, including the need for
'translating' between old and new;
- the role of literary translation in challenging or reinforcing cultural
difference;
- covert censorship- mediated manipulations and the role of the translator /
interpreter;
- policy and practice;
- issues in signed languages interpreting and translation;
- high culture and popular culture as sites of contest or mediation;
- transnational media and their role in facilitating, or discouraging,
intercultural understanding;
- new media in translation;
- gender, sexuality and norms in intercultural studies;
- transnational and regional identities and their relationship to culture and
processes of translation;
- intercultural mediation, including community interpreting and translation;
- political and ideological dimensions of translation.

We are inviting proposals for papers for the 2009 IATIS Conference. The deadline
is Wednesday, 17 September 2008.

You may submit an abstract either to the general conference or to an individual
panel through its chair. A general outline of the themes of the conference
appears below, followed by a list of the Special Panels that will be held.

Intending participants should submit a 300-word abstract of their proposed paper
(20 minutes presentation, plus 10 minutes discussion time). Please visit the
conference website:
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Current-Events/2009-Events/IATIS-Conference/Default.asp[4]
for details on how to submit an abstract and to download a submission form.

Special Panels:
In addition, a number of Special Panels have been proposed. If you would like to
propose a paper that fits in with one of the panels listed below, you should
submit your abstract directly to the chair of that panel. Please visit the web
site for a description of each panel and for details on how to submit an abstract.

- Panel 1: Between languages: literary translation in/of the Pacific
Chair: Jean Anderson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL1.pdf[5]
- Panel 2: Child language brokering: the 'unseen' mediators
Chairs: Rachele Antonini (University of Bologna, Italy) and Marjorie Orellana
(University of California Los Angeles, USA)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL2.pdf[6]
- Panel 3: Hidden and revealed: censorship in translation
Chairs: Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna at Forlì, Italy) and Federico
Federici (Durham University, UK)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL3.pdf[7]
- Panel 4: Self-translation: brokering originality in hybrid culture
Chair: Anthony Cordingley (Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL4.pdf[8]
- Panel 5: Mediating conflict in audiovisual texts
Chairs: Elena Di Giovanni (University of Macerata, Italy) and Luis Pérez-González
(University of Manchester, UK)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL5.pdf[9]
- Panel 6: In the footsteps of Ian Mason
Chairs: ECPC Research Group (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL6.pdf[10]
- Panel 7: Tourism and international marketing as intercultural transfer/negotiation
Chairs: Adrián Fuentes (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain) and Cristina Valdés
(Universidad de Oviedo, Spain)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL7.pdf[11]
- Panel 8: Policy and performance: interpreting in asylum hearings
Chairs: Adolfo Gentile (Monash University, Australia) and Franz Pöchhacker
(University of Vienna, Austria)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL8.pdf[12]
- Panel 9: 'Small' languages on the global market: impact on
translation/interpreting practices
Chair: Anca Greere (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL9.pdf[13]
- Panel 10: Mediterranean crossroads
Chair: Rainer Guldin (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL10.pdf[14]
- Panel 11: Translation and conflict dissolution: unmasking complexities;
voicing perplexities
Chairs: Sue-Ann Harding (University of Manchester, UK) and Mona Baker
(University of Manchester, UK)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL11.pdf[15]
- Panel 12: Mediating religion: translation, censorship and conflicting identities
Chair: Hephzibah Israel (University of Delhi, India)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL12.pdf[16]
- Panel 13: Contexts in translation education
Chair: John Kearns (Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL13.pdf[17]
- Panel 14: Translation Technology and Conflict
Chair: Dorothy Kenny (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL14.pdf[18]
- Panel 15: Shaping Chinese modernity through translation
Chair: LUO Xuanmin (Tsinghua University, China)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL15.pdf[19]
- Panel 16: Mediating the competing truth claims of testimonial
Chair: Christi A. Merrill (University of Michigan, USA)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL16.pdf[20]
- Panel 17: World literature and translation
Chair: Brian Nelson (Monash University, Australia)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL17.pdf[21]
- Panel 18: Cognitive explorations of translation and interpreting processes
Chair: Sharon O'Brien (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL18.pdf[22]
- Panel 19: Legal translation as mediation between legal cultures?
Chair: Sieglinde E. Pommer (Harvard Law School, USA)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL19.pdf[23]
- Panel 20: Translation history: early translations and contemporary perceptions
Chair: Andrea Rizzi (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL20.pdf[24]
- Panel 21: Global news, interpreting/translating and the projection of cultures
Chair: Paul Thomas (Monash University, Australia)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL21.pdf[25]
- Panel 22: Interpreter training in the global context
Chairs: Rebecca Tipton (University of Salford, UK) and Isabelle Perez (Heriot
Watt University, UK)
Download panel description from
http://www.foxevents.com.au/Files/IATIS-09-PANEL22.pdf[26]

Key Dates:
- Deadline for submission of abstracts: Wednesday, 17 September, 2008
- Latest date for official notification of acceptance of abstracts: Tuesday, 4
November, 2008
- Deadline for presenters to confirm participation by registering: Thursday, 30
April, 2009

Conference Language:
The official language of the conference is English

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