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LINGUIST List 19.393

Sun Feb 03 2008

Calls: General Linguistics/United Kingdom; Cognitive Science/Croatia

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

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        1.    Wesam Ibrahim, 3rd Lancaster University PG Conference in Linguistics
        2.    Mateusz-Milan Stanojevic, Cognitive Linguistics: Universality and Variation

Message 1: 3rd Lancaster University PG Conference in Linguistics
Date: 01-Feb-2008
From: Wesam Ibrahim <laelpgconferencelancaster.ac.uk>
Subject: 3rd Lancaster University PG Conference in Linguistics
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Full Title: 3rd Lancaster University PG Conference in Linguistics
Short Title: LAEL PG Conference

Date: 03-Jul-2008 - 03-Jul-2008
Location: Lancaster, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Wesam Ibrahim
Meeting Email: laelpgconferencelancaster.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/laelpgconference/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

Following the success of the conferences in 2005 and 2006, we are pleased to
announce the third Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics
and English Language. Last year, 27 speakers from both UK and foreign
universities presented on a wide range of topics over the course of the day. The
conference will be opened by Professor Anna Siewierska. In addition, we are
pleased to announce Professor Mick Short and Professor Martin Bygate as the
keynote speakers. The conference aims to provide up to 30 Linguistics
postgraduate students, from Lancaster, and other UK or international
universities, with an opportunity to present their work and share their ideas in
Lancaster's dynamic research environment. There is also the possibility for
students to do poster presentations on request.

Wesam Ibrahim
The Third Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and
English Language

Call for Papers

Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster
presentations on any topic related to their research. Papers are to be 20
minutes in length plus 10 minutes for comments and questions. The conference
will start at 8:30am and finish at 6pm.

While we particularly welcome abstracts related to the keynote speakers' topics
of Stylistics, Corpus Linguistics, and Language Acquisition, Teaching and
Testing, we also welcome applications from other areas of research. Lancaster is
also well known for its work in Critical Discourse analysis, Semantics,
Pragmatics and Dialect Studies, and has a growing tradition of work from a
Cognitivist perspective.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be submitted via
e-mail as attachments (Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format files). Abstracts
should not include the author's name or any other identifying information.

Abstracts should include:
1. The title of the paper
2. A list of 3-6 key words describing the area and focus
3. The research focus
4. The research methodology
5. A brief summary of findings (if applicable)
6. A short list of key references

Please note: we are only accepting abstracts from postgraduate students. We
cannot consider abstracts from authors whose doctoral award has already been made.

The e-mail message accompanying the abstract should contain the following
1. The title and preferred presentation type (oral or poster)
2. The name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation(s)
3. A brief author's bio-data (up to 40 words)
4. The author's e-mail address and contact details
5. Audiovisual equipment required (if any)

Abstract Submission Deadline:
Abstracts must be received by 15 March 2008.
Authors will be notified by 1 May 2008.
Please send your abstracts to: laelpgabstractlancaster.ac.uk

Presented papers will be published in the online LAEL 2008 proceedings.
Presenters who would like their papers included in the proceedings need to
submit them by 30 September 2008.

Registration Information:
£10 fee for registration by 1 June 2008.
£15 fee for registration after 1 June 2008.
The final deadline for registration of presenters is 22 June 2008.
The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch.

Registration forms and further details will be available soon at the conference
website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/laelpgconference/
On-site accommodation is available on request at the University's usual rates.
For general enquires send email to: laelpgconferencelancaster.ac.uk
Message 2: Cognitive Linguistics: Universality and Variation
Date: 31-Jan-2008
From: Mateusz-Milan Stanojevic <mmstanojeffzg.hr>
Subject: Cognitive Linguistics: Universality and Variation
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Full Title: Cognitive Linguistics: Universality and Variation
Short Title: CECLC

Date: 30-Sep-2008 - 01-Oct-2008
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Contact Person: Mateusz-Milan Stanojevic
Web Site: http://www.ffzg.hr/cogling/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2008

Meeting Description:

Conference talks are expected to focus on various points on the continuum in the
cognitive linguistic agenda, ranging from the study of the universal to the
study of variation in space and time, between the individual and the society.

Call for Papers

Cognitive Linguistics
between Universality and Variation

Dubrovnik (Croatia)
September 30 - October 1, 2008

organized by
University of Zagreb
University of Osijek

Key-Note Speakers:
Antonio Barcelona (University of Murcia)
Hubert Cuyckens (Catholic University of Leuven)
Zoltán Kövecses (Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest)
Ronald Langacker (University of California at San Diego)
Klaus-Uwe Panther (University of Hamburg)
Günter Radden (University of Hamburg)
Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez (University of La Rioja)
Linda Thornburg (University of Hamburg)

Organizing Committee:
Milena ?ic Fuchs (University of Zagreb)
Mario Brdar (University of Osijek)
Hubert Cuyckens (Catholic University of Leuven)
Zoltán Kövecses (Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest)
Ronald Langacker (University of California at San Diego)
Klaus-Uwe Panther (University of Hamburg)
Günter Radden (University of Hamburg)
Linda Thornburg (University of Hamburg)

The Scope of the Conference:
One of the core assumptions of cognitive linguistics is that large areas of
language are motivated by the facts of human embodiment (physical, cognitive and
social), i.e. by how these are reflected in cognitive structures, primarily
through mechanisms such as conceptual metaphors and metonymies. So far,
cognitive linguists have ''naturally'' exhibited more interest in demonstrating
cross-linguistic similarities. If much of what we consider to be the central
facts of human embodiment is shared by humans, and is therefore universal, we
should expect human languages to be, if not the same, then at least extremely
similar. In actual fact, the cognitive linguistic success in uncovering all that
''hidden'' systematicity and universality was long (and often still is)
advertised as one of its major comparative advantages over other approaches. It
seems that this bias towards stressing the universal aspects of language, often
based on conscious introspection and decontextualized data, may have been
necessary while the cognitive linguistic movement was profiling itself against
the background of the formal-generative framework from which it emerged and
emancipating itself from the then prevalent objectivist philosophical atmosphere
in and around linguistics. However, it has now gradually come to be felt that
this bias is a potential obstacle to the development of cognitive linguistics.
Attempts to readdress this situation, heralded by the rise of usage-based models
as envisaged by Langacker, are now becoming more and more conspicuous. Witness
thus the theme session at ICLC 2001 organized by Panther and Thornburg (How
universal are conceptual metonymies?), which resulted in a special issue of the
journal Jezikoslovlje in 2003; or the special issue of the International Journal
of English Studies (edited by Rojo & Valenzuela) in 2003, devoted to the
interaction between cognitive linguistics and contrastive linguistics; or
Kövecses's 2005 monograph entitled Metaphor and Culture, Universality and
Variation. Similarly, cognitive linguistics undergoes a test by fire as it now
meets corpus linguistics and sociolinguistics (cf. theme sessions at ICLC in
Logroño 2003, and Krakow 2007).

The organizers invite papers reporting substantial, original, and unpublished
research in the following areas:
- cognitive corpus linguistics
- usage-based and constructional approaches to linguistic phenomena
- cognitive approach to language contrasts and contacts (and linguistic typology)
- cognitive sociolinguistics and discourse analysis
- diachronic cognitive linguistics

Abstract Submission:
Apart from the key-note speeches, the conference programme will consist of
20-minute papers followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session. The
organizers invite proposals addressing issues within the scope of the
conference. The deadline for submitting abstracts (maximum 500 words) is April
15th, 2008. Abstracts should be submitted online using the online submission
system, available at http://www.ffzg.hr/cogling/. All abstracts will be subject
to a blind refereeing process.

Registration, Conference Fees and Practical Information:
The conference fee will be 50. Modes of payment to be announced. The fee includes:
- conference pack
- coffee break refreshments
- welcoming party
The second circular, which will contain further information on the conference
venue, accommodation, transportation, as well as the provisional program of the
conference, will be sent out by mid July 2008.

For further information please contact one of the conference secretaries:
- Ida Raffaelli (ida.raffaelliffzg.hr)
Linguistics Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of
- Mateusz-Milan Stanojevi? (mmstanojeffzg.hr)
English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
- Nina Tu?man Vukovi? (nina.tudmanffzg.hr)
English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Important Dates:
April 15, 2008: abstract submission
June 15, 2008: notification of acceptance
September 30 - October 1, 2008: conference

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