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LINGUIST List 19.2682

Wed Sep 03 2008

Calls: General Ling/Slovenia; General Ling,Ling Theories/Australia

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        1.    Lanko Marusic, ConSOLE XVII
        2.    Mareike Buss, The Emergence of Linguistic Patterns


Message 1: ConSOLE XVII
Date: 02-Sep-2008
From: Lanko Marusic <franc.marusicp-ng.si>
Subject: ConSOLE XVII
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Full Title: ConSOLE XVII

Date: 16-Jan-2009 - 18-Jan-2009
Location: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Contact Person: Lanko Marusic
Meeting Email: console.XVIIgmail.com
Web Site: http://www.ung.si/~jezik/console/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

ConSOLE is the annual conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in
Europe (SOLE). Console is open to registered students worldwide. It provides a
forum for the coming generations of linguistics to present their research to an
international audience.

Call for Papers

The Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (SOLE) was founded in 1992, by
students of the Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics which has since been
superseded by University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics. Once a year, SOLE and
a local committee organize a conference for students of Linguistics, ConSOLE.
Open to registered students worldwide, it provides a forum for the coming
generations of linguistics to present their research to an international audience.

Graduate students not having defended a Ph.D. in Linguistics by September 15th
are invited to submit abstracts in Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics.
Submissions in other areas, e.g. Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Phonetics,
etc., will also be welcome if their theoretical significance is made clear.
Papers are allotted 30 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.

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. Please send name, affiliation,
e-mail, postal address and title of paper in the body of the message. The
anonymous abstract should be sent as an attachment, and only abstracts in pdf
format will be accepted.

Abstracts should be sent to: console.XVIIgmail.com

Invited Speakers:
- Richard Larson (Stony Brook University)
- John Harris (University College London)
- Paul Hirscb├╝hler (University of Ottawa)
- TBA

Important Dates:
- Deadline for abstract submission: September 15, 2008
- Notification of acceptance: November 19, 2008
- Final Program: December 1, 2008
- Conference: January 16-18, 2009

More information on the conference will soon be available on the webpage
http://www.ung.si/~jezik/console/
Message 2: The Emergence of Linguistic Patterns
Date: 01-Sep-2008
From: Mareike Buss <m.bussisk.rwth-aachen.de>
Subject: The Emergence of Linguistic Patterns
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Full Title: The Emergence of Linguistic Patterns

Date: 12-Jul-2009 - 17-Jul-2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact Person: Mareike Buss
Meeting Email: elp.ipra2009googlemail.com

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Linguistic
Theories; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

The panel aims at discussing linguistic pattern formation and change in a
cognitive, functional, and semiotic perspective. We expect that the combination
of these different perspectives will generate new insights into the processes of
pattern emergence, especially by focusing on the communicative circumstances and
the discursive context in which an utterance is produced.

Reminder: Call for papers for a panel at the 11th International Pragmatics
Conference in Melbourne, Australia, 12-17 July 2009
(http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE11&n=1346)

Panel Theme: ''The Emergence of Linguistic Patterns: Cognitive, Functional and
Semiotic Perspectives''
Panel organizers: Elisabeth Birk (RWTH Aachen), Mareike Buss (RWTH Aachen), Elke
Diedrichsen (RWTH Aachen/U Duesseldorf), Joerg Jost (RWTH Aachen)

Panel Description:
Usage-based models of language claim that linguistic structures are grounded in
instances of language use. Hence, they have to address the question how series
of utterances can lead to the emergence of (relatively stable) linguistic
patterns. In cognitive linguistics, this is generally explained with recourse to
the 'frequency' and the 'similarity' of those linguistic instances that
contribute to the formation of a pattern. Whereas the notion of frequency may be
considered to be quite uncontroversial, it is often far from clear what counts
as a 'similar instance of language use'. We claim that formal or semantic
similarity is not an inherent quality of linguistic patterns. Rather, it is
unconsciously attributed by speakers on the basis of specific structural and
communicative contexts of usage.

In functional linguistics, the question of pattern emergence and change plays a
central role for the analysis of grammaticalization phenomena. A case in point
is grammaticalization based on reanalysis: new interpretations of a given
structure arise in contexts where the given structure is ambiguous. The new
interpretation (called 'reanalysis') is closely tied to the structural and
communicative context of the reanalyzed structure. It is neither an intentional
nor a creative act of the speaker. If, for example, in 'I am going to visit
Bill', the 'am going to'-phrase is given a future interpretation, this is
totally compatible with the former directional interpretation, and the speaker
does not recognize the innovation as such. In consequence, the future meaning
can serve as a basis for further developments and, thus, structures such as 'I
am going to like Bill' emerge.

A semiotic approach based for example on Nelson Goodman's theory of symbols
would interpret both scenarios as exemplifying the problem of induction: There
are always numerous true statements that describe a given state of affairs, but
not all of these are general laws. How do we know which properties to ignore and
which to ascribe to new cases? Goodman has famously argued that our choice of
relevant properties is guided by what he calls the ''entrenchment of a
predicate'' - i.e. we choose a predicate that has been used before in relevant
contexts. If the problem of the emergence of linguistic patterns is of this kind
- how do we know which traits of a given utterance are to give rise to a (new)
pattern? - Goodman's paradox makes a strong case for the assumption that context
and usage are the decisive factors in such processes.

Our panel aims at discussing linguistic pattern formation and change in a
cognitive, functional, and semiotic perspective. We expect that the combination
of these different perspectives will generate new insights into the processes of
pattern emergence, especially by focusing on the communicative circumstances and
the discursive context in which an utterance is produced. We welcome both
theoretical and empirical contributions that explore the induction problem that
arises with the emergence of linguistic patterns within and across languages.

References:
Barlow, Michael/Kemmer, Suzanne (eds., 2000): Usage-based models of language.
Stanford: CSLI Publications.
Becker, Thomas (1994): Die Erklaerung von Sprachwandel durch Sprachverwendung am
Beispiel der deutschen Substantivflexion. In: Koepcke, Klaus-Michael (ed.):
Funktionale Untersuchungen zur deutschen Nominal- und Verbalmorphologie.
Tuebingen: Niemeyer, 45-63.
Bybee, Joan L./Hopper, Paul J. (eds., 2001): Frequency and the emergence of
linguistic structure. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Chafe, Wallace (1998): Language and the flow of thought. In: Tomasello, Michael
(ed.), 93-111.
Comrie, Bernard (2003): On explaining language universals. In: Tomasello,
Michael (ed.), 195-209.
Douglas, Mary (1992): Rightness of categories. In: Douglas, Mary/Hull, David
(eds.): How classification works: Nelson Goodman among the social sciences.
Edinburgh: EUP, 239-271.
Du Bois, John W. (2003): Discourse and grammar. In: Tomasello, Michael (ed.), 47-87.
Du Bois, John W./Kumpf, Lorraine E./Ashby, William J. (eds., 2003): Preferred
argument structure: grammar as architecture for function.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Elgin, Catherine Z. (ed., 1997): Nelson Goodman's new riddle of induction. New
York etc.: Garland.
Goldberg, Adele E. (1995): Constructions: a construction grammar approach to
argument structure. Chicago/London: UCP.
Goodman, Nelson (1976 [1968]): Languages of art: an approach to a theory of
symbols. Indianapolis etc.: Hackett.
Goodman, Nelson (1983 [1954]): Fact, fiction and forecast. Cambridge etc.: HUP.
Helasvuo, Marja-Liisa (2001): Syntax in the making. The emergence of syntactic
units in Finnish conversation. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Hopper, Paul J. (1998): Emergent grammar. In: Tomasello, Michael (ed.), 155-175.
Hopper, Paul J./Closs Traugott, Elizabeth (2003): Grammaticalization. Cambridge:
CUP.
Keller, Rudi (1994): On language change: the invisible hand in language. London:
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Keller, Rudi (2005): Sprachwandel als invisible-hand-Phaenomen. In: Stehl,
Thomas (ed.): Unsichtbare Hand und Sprecherwahl. Tuebingen: Narr, 27-42.
Silverstein, Michael (1981): Case marking and the nature of language. In:
Australian Journal of Linguistics 1, 227-244.
Silverstein, Michael (1986): Noun phrase Categorial Markedness and syntactic
parametrization. In: Choi, Soonja/Devitt, Dan/Janis, Wynn/McCoy, Terry/Zhang,
Zheng-sheng (eds.): Proceedings of the Eastern States Conference on Linguistics,
October, 1985 at SUNY Buffalo. Columbus: Ohio State University, 337-361.
Stetter, Christian (2005): System und Performanz. Symboltheoretische Grundlagen
von Medientheorie und Sprachwissenschaft. Weilerswist: Velbrueck.
Tomasello, Michael (ed., 1998): The new psychology of language: cognitive and
functional approaches to language structure, Vol. 1. New Jersey: Erlbaum.
Tomasello, Michael (ed., 2003): The new psychology of language cognitive and
functional approaches to language structure, Vol. 2. New Jersey: Erlbaum.

Abstract Submission:
Please submit an abstract of 500 words max. (references included, formatted as
Word, RTF or PDF document) by 15 September 2008 to the following email address:
elp.ipra2009googlemail.com.
The subject line should be: ''Panel/IPrA2009''.
The body of your email should include the following information:
- Title of the paper,
- Name(s) of the author(s),
- Affiliation of the author(s),
- Contact email address.

Please note that once your abstract has been accepted, you will have to register
individually at the IPrA website (http://ipra.ua.ac.be). Since registration for
the conference requires IPrA membership, we kindly ask you to read the
information regarding IPrA membership prior to submitting your abstract
(http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=*HOME&n=1266).

Notification of acceptance: 05 October 2008
Deadline for registration at the IPrA website: 15 October 2008

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