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        1.    Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Workshop: Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.1

Message 1: Workshop: Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.1
Date: 27-Sep-2010
From: Monica Gonzalez-Marquez <mgonzalecit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de>
Subject: Workshop: Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.1
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Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.1 - Freiburg
March 6 - 11, 2011
Application deadline: December 15, 2010

We invite applications for the 5th Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics
workshop to be held in Freiburg, Germany, March 6 - 11, 2011. The goal of
EMCL is to facilitate dialogue among language researchers with different
methodological backgrounds, i.e. theorists, experimentalists, corpus
linguists, etc. We do this by creating an environment where specialists learn
from each other by developing a research project together where their various
skills are combined.

Intended audience: Language researchers with an embodiment, situated
cognition and/or cognitive linguistics background. No prior experimental or
corpus training is required though an understanding of the theoretical issues
is necessary. Participants can be at different early stages in their careers,
i.e. graduate students, post-grads, post-docs, junior faculty, etc.

Format: During the course of a week, participants will join one of 5 hands-on
mini-labs. Each mini-lab will be responsible for completing a joint research
project. A select group of students (max. 8 per group for a total of 40)
will be invited to participate. Each group will work with two researchers who
will guide the group in selecting an idea for the group to investigate,
structuring and organizing a research project, and carrying it out. The
session will end with the presentation of findings and a general discussion.

Topics to be covered include,
- Deciding on a research topic
- Transforming the research topic into a research question
- Developing experimental hypotheses and designing an experiment
- Data collection
- Statistical analysis and interpretation
- Presentation of findings to an audience

Workshop Faculty

Group 1:
Rolf Zwaan University of Rotterdam
Interests: The relationship between cognition and systems of perception,
action, and emotion, language comprehension, Embodied cognition.
Alan Cienki, Vrije Universiteit
Interests: Cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, spoken language, gesture,
political discourse, contrastive linguistics.

Group 2:
Kenny Coventry, Northumbria University
Interests: Language and perception, spatial language, embodiment, decision
Katharina Rohlfing, Bielefeld University
Interests: Emergentist semantics, early literacy, human-machine interaction,
rhetoric and communication.

Group 3:
Lars Konieczny, University of Freiburg
Interests: Theoretical, empirical, and computational psycholinguistics,
eye-movements research, reading, spoken language comprehension in the
visual-world-paradigm, spatial reasoning and wayfinding, cognitive modeling
(ACT-R, connectionist modeling), embodied cognition.
Michele Feist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Interests: Lexical semantics, spatial language, psycholinguistics, acquisition
of semantics, language and cognition.

Group 4:
Seana Coulson, University of California, San Diego
Interests: Conceptual blending, joke comprehension, metaphor, analogical
reasoning, concept combination, sentence processing.
Panos Athanasopoulos, Bangor University
Interests: Bilingualism and cognition, language and thought, emotion,
language acquisition, conceptual development.

Group 5:
Pia Knoeferle, Bielefeld University
Interests: Influences of visual context on real-time language comprehension,
picture-sentence verification, models and processing accounts of situated
language comprehension.
Anatol Stefanowitsch, University of Hamburg
Interests: Encoding of motion events, second language research,
construction grammar, quantitative corpus linguistics, metaphor, negative

Accommodation: Accommodation at walking distance to the university will be
arranged for all student participants. Cost will be ?20 per night. (We "may"
receive funds to cover student accommodation, in which case all applicants
will be notified.)

Participation Fee: ?125, payable by bank transfer or upon arrival by prior
arrangement. (This fee helps cover the costs of organization and faculty

Application: To apply, please send the following by December 15, 2010. All
materials must be submitted electronically to emcl5.freiburg (at)

Please write 'application' in the subject line.

1. A maximum of two (2) pages, (1000 words), describing,
- your background,
- your reasons for wanting to participate,
- the research group you would like to work in and why. Please include in
this section a brief description of your research interests.

All topics listed above must be addressed. Incomplete applications will not
be reviewed.

2. A copy of your curriculum vitae.

The application deadline is December 15, 2010. Accepted applicants will
be notified on or before January 15, 2011.

This workshop is supported by the FRIAS at Freiburg University
(http://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/), the research training group (GRK DFG
1624/1) Frequency Effects in Language (http://frequenz.uni-freiburg.de
/abstract&language=de) and the DFG (pending) (www.dfg.de).

Two (2) tuition scholarships will be awarded by lottery to students traveling
from Eastern Europe and 3rd world countries. Please state in your
application whether you would like to be included in the lottery.

Please note: Attendance is strictly limited to invited participants. No
exceptions will be made so as to preserve pedagogical integrity.

EMCL 5.2 will be held in Chicago, USA, June 2011 with a different set of
faculty. That notice will follow in January, 2011.

EMCL 5 Organizing Committee:
Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Chair, Cornell University
Martin Hilpert, University of Freiburg
Pia Knoeferle, Bielefeld University
Lars Konieczny, University of Freiburg

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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