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LINGUIST List 20.2308

Fri Jun 26 2009

Calls: Ling Theories, Philosophy of Language, Semantics/UK

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        1.    Luna Filipovic, Space and Time Across Languages, Disciplines and Cultures

Message 1: Space and Time Across Languages, Disciplines and Cultures
Date: 26-Jun-2009
From: Luna Filipovic <lf214cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Space and Time Across Languages, Disciplines and Cultures
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Full Title: Space and Time Across Languages, Disciplines and Cultures
Short Title: STALDAC

Date: 08-Apr-2010 - 10-Apr-2010
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: George Walkden
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cilr.cam.ac.uk/staldac/

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2009

Meeting Description:

This conference proposes to unite insights from a number of research areas such as linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, psychology and philosophy. Spatial language and cognition has generated fervent debates in linguistics recently, in particular since the revival of Whorfian ideas regarding the dynamics between languages and cultures. Namely, the domain of space has become a prolific source of evidence of both language-specific and universal features reflected in human thinking and speaking. In some languages speakers speak and think of space using absolute coordinates of east vs. west and north vs. south on a daily basis while other communities use the notions of left vs. right for spatial orientation and communication. Similarly, in some cultures the time scale is vertical, future is upwards and past is downwards, while closer to home, time seems to be a horizontal line, with future in front of us and the past behind. More formal approaches in syntax and semantics provide yet another perspective for representing time in language.

However, space and time are also universal categories, the representation of which is embedded in both language and cognition. Recent anthropological evidence also speaks volumes about the complexity of spatial orientation in language and cognition. Archaeologists have been active in piecing together the puzzle of how our distant ancestors thought about the immediate space and time they lived in as well as how they communicated thoughts and experiences with space and time via material artefacts and customs in different environmental and social surroundings. Recent experimental psychology research has also tackled the subject from the angle of spatial and temporal features relevant in event perception, their linguistic expression and memory. Finally, physical sciences offer a backdrop for an all-encompassing view of the origins of space and time and their interrelatedness. Reconciling the concept of time and the notion of real time is still one of the challenges for all disciplines.

This is an opportunity to highlight the particular aspects of the different research agendas related to space and time as well as share experiences regarding practical matters, such as research strategies and methodology. Time and space are topics of general interest which are actively pursued in many different disciplines and this conference proposes to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and further enhance progress in these diverse but related research areas.

Plenary Speakers:

Professor Nicholas Asher (University of Texas at Austin)
Title tbc

Professor John Barrow (University of Cambridge)
'Time, Space and Space-Time'

Professor Ronald Langacker (University of California, San Diego)
'Linguistic Manifestations of the Space-Time (Dis)Analogy'

Professor Stephen Levinson (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Title tbc

Professor Peter Ludlow (Northwestern University)
'Tensism'

Professor Colin Renfrew (University of Cambridge)
'Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time: Some Social and Historical Factors'


Call for Papers:

We invite papers on any topic related to the conceptualisation of space and/or time by humans.

Please submit abstracts no longer than 500 words (Times New Roman 12pt) in Word or PDF format via the Abstract Submission service of Linguist List: http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/staldac2010/. Abstracts will undergo anonymous review. The deadline for submission is 31st October. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered.


Scientific Committee:

L. de Saussure (University of Neuch√Ętel)
D. Maillat (University of Fribourg)
R. Le Poidevin (University of Leeds)
J. Bohnemeyer (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
F. Brisard (University of Antwerp)
D. Boric (University of Cambridge)
N. Asher (University of Texas at Austin)
P. Ludlow (Northwestern University)
J. van der Auwera (University of Antwerp)
L. Filipovic (University of Cambridge)
K. Jaszczolt (University of Cambridge)
D. Willis (University of Cambridge)



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