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Calls: Cognitive Science, Linguistic Theories/Spain

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        1.     Jiyoung Yoon , Construction Grammar beyond English

Message 1: Construction Grammar beyond English
Date: 02-Nov-2010
From: Jiyoung Yoon <jiyoung.yoonunt.edu>
Subject: Construction Grammar beyond English
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Full Title: Construction Grammar beyond English

Date: 08-Sep-2011 - 11-Sep-2011
Location: Logroño (La Rioja), Spain
Contact Person: Jiyoung Yoon
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 12-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

Workshop at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
(Logroño, Spain), 8-11 September 2011

Deadline: 12 November 2010 (for provisional abstracts)

Organizers:
Jiyoung Yoon (University of North Texas)
jiyoung.yoonunt.edu
Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)
stgrieslinguistics.ucsb.edu

This workshop is intended to bring together empirically-oriented
Construction Grammar approaches with the specific aims to (i) advance
promote interaction and cross-fertilization between researchers interested
in constructional approaches on languages other than English and (ii)
further the growing trend towards multi-methodological research and
converging evidence from corpora, experimentation, and simulation.
Proposals are invited on observational and/or experimental studies on any
aspect of constructions. Studies focusing on non-English data as well as
cross linguistic analyses between other languages and English are welcome.

Call for Papers

The notion of constructions, understood as learned form-meaning parings of
non-predictable as well as highly frequent predictable linguistic
expressions, has introduced a new perspective on language: grammatical
knowledge is not viewed as modular, but rather as knowledge of a highly
structured and interconnected network of symbolic units, which in turn is
viewed as a lexico-semantic continuum, the so-called constructicon
(Langacker 1987; Goldberg 1995, 2006). While an increasing number of
constructional studies have been adopting the usage-based model of
constructions in which it is assumed that grammar is shaped by usage
(Goldberg 2006) and children learn a language in a bottom-up fashion
(Tomasello 2003), the range of existing studies is narrower than it would
ideally be.

On the one hand, there is the usual predominance of work on English: with
the exception of Fried & Östman (2004) and Croft's typological work on
Radical Construction Grammar (e.g., Croft 2001), there is as yet
unsatisfactorily little construction-grammar work on different languages.
On the other hand, even though Construction Grammarians have been embracing
different methodologies and sources of data, there is still a need for more
methodologically diverse and comprehensive studies, especially since while
all types of data can provide linguistic evidence to a certain degree,
there is no single linguistic method that can cover and answer all types of
research questions (cf. Arppe et al. 2010).

Objectives

This workshop is intended to bring together empirically-oriented
Construction Grammar approaches with the specific aims to (i) advance
promote interaction and cross-fertilization between researchers interested
in constructional approaches on languages other than English and (ii)
further the growing trend towards multi-methodological research and
converging evidence from corpora, experimentation, and simulation.
Proposals are invited on observational and/or experimental studies on any
aspect of constructions. Studies focusing on non-English data as well as
cross linguistic analyses between other languages and English are welcome.

Procedure

Proposals should be in English, and each presentation should be adjusted to
a 30-minute slot (20 min. + 10 min. for discussion). Interested colleagues
are invited to send an e-mail to Jiyoung Yoon (jiyoung.yoonunt.edu) and
Stefan Th. Gries (stgrieslinguistics.ucsb.edu), with their name,
affiliation and a provisional abstract (max. 100 words) before 12 November
2010.

Important Dates

-Deadline for submission of provisional abstract (max. 100 words):
12 November 2010
[Please submit in .txt, .rtf, or .doc (not .pdf.)]
-Notification of acceptance for workshop proposals:
20 December 2010
-Submission of final full abstract (max. 500 words):
12 January 2011
[Please submit in .txt, .rtf, or .doc. (not .pdf.)].

References:

Arppe, A., Gilquin, G., Glynn, D., Hilpert, M., & Zeschel, A. 2010.
Cognitive Corpus Linguistics: five points of debate on current theory and
methodology. Corpora 5(1). 1-27.

Croft, W. 2001. Radical Construction Grammar: Syntactic Theory in
Typological Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fried, Mirjam & Jan-Ola Östman (eds.). 2004. Construction Grammar in a
Cross-Language Perspective. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Goldberg, A.E. 1995. Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to
Argument Structure. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Goldberg, A.E. 2006. Constructions at Work: The Nature of Generalization in
Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gonzálvez-García, F. & Butler, C. 2006. Mapping functional-cognitive space.
Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 4. 39-96.

Langacker, R.W. 1987. Foundations of Cognitive Grammar. Vol. 1: Theoretical
Prerequisites. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Tomasello, M. 2003. Constructing a Language: A Usage-based Theory of
Language Acquisition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.



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