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LINGUIST List 19.2214

Fri Jul 11 2008

Calls: Disc Analysis/Italy; History of Ling/Belgium

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    CERLIS Organising Committee, Researching Language and the Law
        2.    Dany Jaspers, Logic Now and Then

Message 1: Researching Language and the Law
Date: 11-Jul-2008
From: CERLIS Organising Committee <cerlisunibg.it>
Subject: Researching Language and the Law
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Full Title: Researching Language and the Law
Short Title: RLL

Date: 18-Jun-2009 - 20-Jun-2009
Location: University of Bergamo, Italy
Contact Person: CERLIS Organising Committee
Meeting Email: cerlisunibg.it
Web Site: http://www.unibg.it/cerlis2009

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Lexicography; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2008

Meeting Description:

Researching Language and the Law: Intercultural Perspectives

The aim of this conference is to bring together the latest research by scholars
engaged in the analysis of legal discourse from an intercultural perspective.
Contributions representing different analytical approaches and languages are
welcome, including diachronic as well as synchronic studies.

The following keynote speakers have been invited:
- Vijay Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong)
- Jan Engberg (Aarhus School of Business)
- Estrella Montolío (Universitat de Barcelona)
- Susan Šarčević (University of Rijeka)

Call for Papers

Researching Language and the Law: Intercultural Perspectives

Abstracts and presentations will be accepted in any of the Conference's five
working languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) and should
reflect at least one of the following conference themes:
1. Alternative dispute resolution
2. Cross-cultural communication
3. Harmonisation and standardisation
4. Issues in translation and interpretation
5. Legal discourse in different legal systems
6. Terminology and lexicography

Colleagues planning to give a paper, should submit a 300-word abstract of their
proposal to cerlisunibg.it specifying: the title of their presentation, their
full name and institutional affiliation, and a postal and email address for
Message 2: Logic Now and Then
Date: 10-Jul-2008
From: Dany Jaspers <dany.jaspershubrussel.be>
Subject: Logic Now and Then
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Full Title: Logic Now and Then
Short Title: LNAT

Date: 05-Nov-2008 - 07-Nov-2008
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact Person: Dany Jaspers
Meeting Email: dany.jaspershubrussel.be
Web Site: http://www.crissp.be/lnat.html

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics;

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2008

Meeting Description:

The Center for Research in Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (CRISSP) in Brussels
and the Catholic University of Leuven are pleased to announce the first Brussels
Conference on Natural Logic. The theme of this year's conference is Logic Now
And Then.

Conference website: www.crissp.be/LNAT.html

The following invited speakers have accepted to give a talk at the LNAT conference:

Crit Cremers (Leiden)
Laurence Horn (Yale)
Gyula Klima (Fordham)
Irene Rosier-Catach (Paris)(to be confirmed)
Martin Stokhof (Amsterdam)(to be confirmed)
Michiel Van Lambalgen (Amsterdam)
Jan Wolenski (Krakow)

Call for Papers

Theme Description

Since its Aristotelian and Stoic origins, logic has failed to satisfy natural
logical intuitions. 'Some F is G' is intuitively taken to imply that 'Not all F
is G', but logic tells us that we are wrong. 'P or Q' is intuitively taken to
imply that P and Q are not both true, but logic again tells us that we are
wrong. The clash was made worse by the advent of standard modern predicate
logic, which tells us that 'All F is G' is true when there are no Fs, as when it
is said that All mermaids have a bank account. Natural speakers definitely feel
that such sentences are false, but we are told that they are true.

This question has quite a history, and the prevailing view in our day is that
the clash can be neutralized with the help of the Gricean maxims. There is,
however, a growing body of opinion holding that the Gricean maxims do not do the
work they were hired for. For example, the maxims fail to explain why a sentence
like 'He couldn't move forward or backward' is immediately understood as 'he
couldn't move forward and he couldn't move backward', whereas 'He couldn't move
forward and backward' is not immediately understood as ''he couldn't move
forward or he couldn't move backward''. Yet if the maxims were worth their salt,
they should explain this difference.

Recent work has opened the perspective of a new, more logically oriented,
approach. It is claimed that the linguistic, cognitively real, meanings of the
words all, some, not, and, and or form a sound system of predicate logic that
differs crucially from modern standard logic and does greater justice to natural
logical intuitions. Certain restrictions on standard mathematical set theory
generate a predicate logic that is a much better reflection of natural logical
intuitions than standard logic. This point of view opens a vast perspective of
original and exciting research.

Logicians of the past, especially but not only the Middle Ages, have offered
many surprisingly original insights into the questions at hand, relying
exclusively on their natural intuitions of meaning and consistency. In general,
the issues raised in the context of modern studies and debates have a long and
highly relevant history, which is, in most cases, hardly known to the
researchers involved. Conversely, historians of logic tend to look at their
research object with a magnifying glass, anxious to put together a true and
balanced picture of what went on at the time. This work is, of course,
indispensable, but the historians tend to follow current debates only from a
distance. That being so, they risk missing gems in the works of their
protagonists. To put it bluntly, the modern practitioners of logic tend to have
little knowledge of the past, while the historians of logic could be more
conversant with the issues that are topical in modern studies.

It is the purpose of the conference to bring together practitioners and
historians of logic under the overall banner of natural logic and its cognitive
roots. The organizers hope and expect that the conference will contribute to
greater mutual openness and greater flexibility on both sides, while new and
fruitful acquaintances are made and new ideas may be triggered.

For this conference we welcome papers on any topic related to the issues raised
above. In particular, we solicit submissions that bring history and modern logic
together against the background of natural language, or submissions on the
methodological or philosophical aspects of the relation between logic and
language or language use, but papers that are specifically historical or
specifically systematic are also welcome.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams.
Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins
(letter-size; 8''1/2 by 11'' or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page.
Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1
joint abstract per author.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send name, affiliation, e-mail,
mailing address and title of the paper in the body of the message. Add two
- an anonymous abstract in pdf-format for reviewing
- an abstract in Word-format with your name and affiliation on it for the
abstract booklet

Send abstracts to dany.jaspershubrussel.be.

Important Dates:
First call for papers: July 10, 2008
Second call for papers: August 15, 2008

Submission deadline: September 1, 2008

Notification of acceptance: September 20, 2008

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