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Friday, 01 Feb 1991

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Message 1: cognitive linguistics

Date: Thu, 31 Jan 91 12:46:14 -0800
From: 21041000 <gibbsucscc.UCSC.EDU>
Subject: cognitive linguistics
Dear Colleagues:

This e-mail note describes the International Cognitive
Linguistics Association, and presents details about 
the new journal "Cognitive Linguistics," and this 
summer's cognitive linguistics conference here at UC Santa Cruz.

The International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA)
is a relatively new scholarly organization that is devoted
to the stimulation of research and the dissemination of
knowledge in the field of cognitive linguistics.The ICLA
has an explicitly interdisciplinary orientation, not only 
in the sense that cognitive linguistics tries to incorporate
relevant research from other cognitive disciplines, but also
because it hopes to highlight the contribution of
linguistics to Cognitive Science. Within cognitive
linguistics, the analysis of the conceptual and experiential
basis of linguistic categories and constructs is of primary
importance: the formal structures of language are studied
not as if they were autonomous, but as reflections of
general conceptual organization, categorization principles,
and processing mechanisms. 

Since cognitive linguistics sees language as making use of
conceptual structure and general cognitive mechanisms, the
following topics have been of special interest to cognitive

-- Cognitive approaches to grammar (cognitive grammar, 
 construction grammar, functional and discourse-based
 approaches to grammar).

-- Cognitive semantics (conceptual metaphor, frame
 semantics, image-schemas, polysemy, mental spaces,
 cognitive models, categorization).

-- Discourse and pragmatics.

-- Cognitive approaches to phonology.

-- Historical change and grammaticalization.

-- Relevant studies in cognitive and developmental,
 psychology, psycholinguistics, and in computer modelling, 
 both from traditional AI and connectionist 

-- Application of cognitive linguistics to other

The journal, "Cognitive Linguistics," published by mouton de
gruyter provides a forum for high-quality research on
language from a cognitive perspective: as an instrument for 
organizing, processing, and conveying information. The journal 
started publishing this past year (1990). The journal is
open to original contribution in which the above described areas
are approached from a linguistic point of view (such as 
language-specific descriptions, typological comparisons,
historical and variational studies, theoretical and formal
modelling), or from the perspective of neighboring
disciplines such as psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology,
anthropology, computer science, and philosophy. 
Contributions to the journal may be sent to 

 Prof. Dirk Geeraerts
 Editor, Cognitive Linguistics
 University of Leuven
 Dept. of Linguistics
 Blijde-Inkomststraat 21
 B-3000 Leuven

Indivdual members of the ICLA receive the journal
automatically. For ICLA membership, please write to 

 Dr. Eugene Casad
 Summer Institute of Linguistics
 P.O. Box 8987 CRB
 Tucson, AZ 85738

Please enclose a check for $55 made out to "ICLA #21344857"
Student membership is $18.
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Message 2: International cognitive linguistics meeting

Date: Thu, 31 Jan 91 12:46:14 -0800
From: 21041000 <gibbsucscc.UCSC.EDU>
Subject: International cognitive linguistics meeting
The 2nd major International Cognitive Linguistics
Association meetings will be held this summer at 
the University of California, Santa Cruz from 
July 29 - August 2, 1991. The theme of this conference
is "The Relationship between Thought and Language."
The keynote lectures will be given by:

 Chuck Fillmore (UC Berkeley)
 Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven)
 Raymond Gibbs (UC Santa Cruz)
 Mark Johnson (Southern Illinois University)
 Zoltan Kovecses (University of Budapest)
 George Lakoff (UC Berkeley)
 Ronald Langacker (UC San Diego)
 Eve Sweetser (UC Berkeley)
 Len Talmy (SUNY Buffalo)
 Sandra Thompson (UC Santa Barbara)

There will also be a number of parallel paper sessions 
throughout the five-day conference. Speakers are invited to 
contibute papers on any aspect of cognitive linguistics.
A one to two page abstract of your paper should be sent to 

 Dr. Eugene Casad
 Summer Institute of Linguistics
 Box 8987 CRB
 Tucson, Arizona 85738

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Feb 15, 1991.
It might be a good idea to get abstracts in as soon as 
possible since space is rapidly filling up.
We hope to notify people of paper acceptances soon after 
March 1. 

Other questions regarding the ICLA or the summer conference
may be directed to me: e-mail address- gibbsucscc.bitnet

Thank you for your attention.

Best wishes to you all.

Ray Gibbs
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