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Sat Jul 10 2010

Calls: Cognitive Science, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Switzerland

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        1.    Steve Oswald, Communication and Cognition 2011

Message 1: Communication and Cognition 2011
Date: 09-Jul-2010
From: Steve Oswald <steve.oswaldunine.ch>
Subject: Communication and Cognition 2011
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Full Title: Communication and Cognition 2011
Short Title: ComCog2011

Date: 26-Jan-2011 - 28-Jan-2011
Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Contact Person: Rachel Marston
Meeting Email: comcog2011unine.ch
Web Site: http://www.unine.ch/comcog2011

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Neurolinguistics;
Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 12-Sep-2010

Meeting Description:

International Conference: 'Communication and Cognition 2011: Manipulation,
persuasion and deception in Language'

The overall aim of this conference is to explore the various parameters that
affect the way we process communicated information; as a case in point, this
2011 edition will focus on the issue of persuasive, manipulative, biased and
fallacious verbal communication, with the goal of shedding light on different
parameters that play a role in its 'success'. In this respect, we seek
contributions which specifically focus on those (formal, informal, cognitive,
linguistic and contextual) aspects of communication that orient the
interpretation of language and fulfill argumentative and persuasive ends, be it
in interpersonal or mass communication.

In the past, discursive manipulation and neighbouring phenomena such as lies,
deception, persuasion and uncooperative communication, to name a few, have been
investigated by a variety of researchers in numerous fields in the humanities
and the social sciences. Among those are philosophy, persuasion research,
linguistics (in particular pragmatics), cognitive linguistics, communication
science, (critical) discourse analysis, argumentation theory, not to mention the
classical tradition of rhetoric. However, the link between persuasive or
deceptive communication and the cognitive underpinnings allowing for its
success, already explored by trends in persuasion research, still needs to be
fully drawn and understood, given that the available literature on the topic
leaves too often aside the communicative dimension of manipulation and seldom
aims for a psychologically plausible account of such communication-dependent

Recent developments in cognitive science call for new research questions in the
field of deceptive persuasion and manipulation through verbal communication, in
particular in what regards the cognitive grounds of misguided and credulous
interpretation - and more generally of gullibility (see Maillat & Oswald 2009).
Emotions, trust, confidence and other attitudes have long been considered as
keys for the effectiveness of persuasive language; the connotative load of
certain keywords and more generally the role of the lexicon, as well as types of
syntactic structures and other linguistic devices such as presuppositions have
also been suspected to bear on the persuasive force of deceptive communication.

However, little is known yet as to why and how these processes, including
fallacious argumentation as a whole, jeopardize evaluation. Recent research in
this growing field tends to confirm the hypothesis that communicative phenomena
linked to deception and persuasion exploit cognitive biases and heuristics
otherwise useful for the general economy of human communication. A long
established concern for these cognitive biases and heuristics in information
processing (see Wason 1966, 1968, Kahneman & Tversky 1974), which can in turn
yield cognitive illusions and errors in information processing (see Pohl 2004),
together with the input of cognitive anthropology (e.g. Mercier & Sperber,
forth. Sperber et al. forth.) and developmental psychology (Mascaro & Sperber
2009, Clément 2010, Harris et al. forth.) opens a new promising trend of
research on the persuasiveness of deceptive communication.

It is one of the purposes of this conference to stimulate interdisciplinary
inquiry on these themes. Accordingly, contributions promoting an integration of
different - yet complementary - trends into interdisciplinary models of
information processing are encouraged. The organisers will particularly welcome
papers located at the interface of the disciplines concerned, whether grounded
on empirical evidence or presenting a theoretical model.

Call for Papers

Please refer to the conference website (www.unine.ch/comcog2011) for a complete
description of the conference's rationale and a pdf version of the 1st call for

Submissions are invited in the form of an abstract of maximum one page A4 (plus
references) either in .pdf or .doc format, to be uploaded on the conference's
Easy Abstracts website. The platform will be accessible starting July 10th 2010 at:


The official language of the conference is English, but propositions in French
are also accepted.

The deadline for submission is September 12th 2010. Acceptance or rejection will
be notified by October 30th 2010.

The targeted fields of research include, but are not limited to:

-Linguistics in a broad sense (including pragmatics and discourse analysis)
-Philosophy (in particular philosophy of mind, philosophy of language,
argumentation theory, rhetoric)
-Psychology (in particular cognitive psychology and neuroscience)
-Communication sciences in a broader sense (including media studies)
-Social sciences (in particular social psychology and anthropology)
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