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LINGUIST List 19.2667

Tue Sep 02 2008

Calls: Cog Sci,Syntax,Comp Ling,Historical Ling/USA; General Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <swu2emich.edu>

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        1.    Jóhanna Barðdal, Cognitive and CxG-Based Approaches to Evolution
        2.    Ana Roca, Spanish in the US/Spanish in Contact

Message 1: Cognitive and CxG-Based Approaches to Evolution
Date: 01-Sep-2008
From: Jóhanna Barðdal <johanna.barddaluib.no>
Subject: Cognitive and CxG-Based Approaches to Evolution
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Full Title: Cognitive and CxG-Based Approaches to Evolution

Date: 28-Jul-2009 - 03-Aug-2009
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Contact Person: Gard Jenset
Meeting Email: gard.jensetuib.no

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Historical
Linguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

The theme session focuses on cognitive or construction-based approaches to
changes in syntactic structures, in spoken, written and/or signed languages. It
aims at bringing together researchers working on syntax in different modalities
and with different methodological approaches, ranging from corpus-based methods,
statistical modeling, sociolinguistic, or psycholinguistic methods. This may
include a discussion on larger systemic changes (cf. Haig 2008), individual case
studies, or a discussion on how cognitive and constructional approaches
contribute to the study of syntactic evolution.

Call for Papers

Discussion: The study of diachronic data and evolutionary perspectives of syntax
in different modalities presents unique challenges to the research community
(cf. e.g. Comrie and Kuteva 2005 and Croft 2000). Studying diachronic syntax
often requires the use of corpora, thus forcing researchers to face the
questions discussed in Gries (2006) and Grondelaers et al. (2007) on how to
incorporate empirical corpus-based methods in the various cognitive-functional
approaches to linguistics. A number of problems present themselves when turning
a cognitive-oriented research program towards diachronic questions, as discussed
in e.g. Stefanowitsch (2006). However, there are also a number of statistical
methods available to overcome some of these difficulties (cf. McMahon and
McMahon 2006) and Pagel et al. 2007).
With its special emphasis on empirical methods, diachronic cognitive linguistics
and diachronic construction grammar are particularly well suited for
participation in the further development of empirical methodology in cognitive
linguistics, as discussed in Geeraerts (2006). As such, the workshop will
contribute to a commencing discussion on how to develop and refine empirical
methods for the study of syntactic evolution.

Submission procedure:
- Abstract to be sent as .pdf or .rtf file
- Maximum 500 words
- Please include your name(s), title of paper, affiliation and contact
information in the body of the email
- E-mail to Johanna.Barddaluib.no and Gard.Jensetuib.no, with the
heading ''ICLC theme session''
- No later than September 12, 2008.

Please note that all submitted abstracts as well as the proposed theme session
itself will undergo an independent review by the ICLC program committee.
Participants are therefore required to also submit their abstracts through the
ordinary submission channels of the conference which has a deadline in the
beginning of November.


Comrie, B., and Kuteva, T. (2005). The evolution of grammatical
structures and 'functional need' explanations. In: Language origins:
Perspectives on evolution, pages 185-207, edited by Maggie Tallermann.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Croft, W. (2000). Explaining language change: An evolutionary
approach. London: Longman.

Geeraerts, D. (2006). Methodology in cognitive linguistics. In:
Cognitive linguistics: Current applications and future perspectives,
pages 21-49, edited by Gitte Kristiansen, Michel Achard, René Dirven
and Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Gries, S.T. (2006). Introduction. In: Corpora in cognitive
linguistics: Corpus-based approaches to syntax and lexis, pages 1-18,
edited by Stefan Th. Gries and Anatol Stefanowitsch. Berlin: Mouton de

Grondelaers, S., Geeraerts, D., and Speelman, D. (2007). A case for a
cognitive corpus linguistics. In: Methods in cognitive linguistics,
pages 149-169, edited by Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Irene Mittelberg,
Seana Coulson and Michael J. Spivey. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Haig, Geoffrey L.J. (2008). Alignment change in Iranian languages.
Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

McMahon, A., and McMahon R. (2005). Language classification by
numbers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pagel, M., Atkinson, Q.D., and Meade, A. (2007). Frequency of word-use
predicts rates of lexical evolution throughout Indo-European history.
Nature 449, 717-721.

Stefanowitsch, A. (2006). Distinctive collexeme analysis and
diachrony: A comment. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 2(2),
Message 2: Spanish in the US/Spanish in Contact
Date: 31-Aug-2008
From: Ana Roca <rocaafiu.edu>
Subject: Spanish in the US/Spanish in Contact
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Full Title: Spanish in the US/Spanish in Contact

Date: 19-Feb-2009 - 19-Feb-2009
Location: Coral Gables & Miami, FL, USA
Contact Person: Ana Roca
Meeting Email: rocaafiu.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 12-Oct-2008

Meeting Description:

These are conferences that deal with aspects of Spanish in the United States and
Spanish in Contact with Other Languages elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world.
These meetings bring together experts in the areas of bilingualism, linguistic
variation, language policy and political issues, pedagogical concerns, as well
as the more traditional area of linguistics (syntax, phonology, semantics,
etc,.) Proposals will be anonymously refereed by an abstract selection committee.

Call for Papers

2009 Spanish in the United States
Spanish in Contact with Other Languages

Location: The Biltmore Hotel/The David William Hotel
Coral Gables-Miami, Florida, USA
February 19-21, 2009
(Pre-conference event on the evening of February 18)

Organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Center &
the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University, Miami,

Call for abstracts for either of the above meetings (please indicate for which
of the meetings you are proposing a paper). Proposal deadline: October 12, 2008.
Open to all relevant topics, with thematic emphasis on the following: Spanish in
relation to language attitudes, politics, policy and pedagogical issues; Spanish
in education, Spanish in contact with other languages, varieties of Spanish,
issues of language maintenance and language change, Spanish in the United States
and Canada; Spanish in politics, the law and the media, Spanish in the
professions, including health care, advertising, international business and
translation/interpretation. Limited program space available.

Partial List of Invited Speakers and Special Session Participants/Chairs:
Dr. Cecilia Colombi, University of California, Davis
Dr. María Carreira, California State University, Long Beach
Dr. Ricardo Otheguy, City University of New York
Dr. Armin Schwegler, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Rainer Enrique Hamel, UNAM, México
Dr. Luis Ortiz López, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Submission Instructions:
Please send your one page, single-space, anonymous abstract in Word, using one
inch margins and 10'' font, Times New Roman, to rocaafiu.edu. Or mail your hard
copy abstract and file to: Dr. Ana Roca, 2009 Spanish in the U.S. Conference,
Department of Modern Languages, Florida International University, Miami, FL
33199. On a separate sheet, make sure all of you include the following, in this
order: the title of your paper, your name, institutional address, home address,
telephone numbers (work and cell or home), and your email address.

Proposals will be refereed. A Conference Committee will anonymously review

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