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LINGUIST List 21.4973

Thu Dec 09 2010

Calls: Cognitive Science, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics/UK

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        1.     Phillip Tipton , Variation and Language Processing 2011

Message 1: Variation and Language Processing 2011
Date: 08-Dec-2010
From: Phillip Tipton <p.tiptonchester.ac.uk>
Subject: Variation and Language Processing 2011
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Full Title: Variation and Language Processing 2011
Short Title: VaLP 2011

Date: 11-Apr-2011 - 13-Apr-2011
Location: Chester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Phillip Tipton
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/valp2011/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

The issue of variation in the speech signal is becoming increasingly influential in paradigms of language processing which have, hitherto, largely assumed an idealised speaker-hearer as the source and receiver of the signal. Insights from variationist sociolinguistic studies of (mainly) speech production, for example, have demonstrated that structured variation is an inherent property of language performance and the most recent work in sociophonetics has underlined the importance of building variation into adequate models of both speech production and perception. A common theme underlying much work carried within the sociophonetic paradigm is that notion that linguistic and social information are processed in similar ways. This forms part of the wider sociolinguistic concern as to the nature, representation and processing of social meaning. Innovative methodologies, including those drawn from experimental psychology, are now being exploited by variationist sociolinguists to better understand the complexities of the relationship between language variation, change and social meaning. Equally, the burgeoning field of experimental pragmatics places at its heart an experimental approach to the the relationship between language and meaning.

VaLP 2011 aims to offer an opportunity for linguists and others to present research on the interface between linguistic variation, at all levels of the grammar, and language processing. The conference further aims to act as the catalyst for the launch of an international network of scholars working at the interfaces of their linguistic sub-disciplines, bringing together sociolinguists, psycholinguists and experimental pragmaticians, as well as other linguists, psychologists and cognitive scientists working on the relationship between linguistic variation, in its widest sense, and language processing.

Invited Speakers (more to be confirmed)

David Britain (University of Bern)
Gerry Docherty (Newcastle University)
Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge)
Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona)
Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow)

Final Call for Papers

We invite the submission of abstracts from any area of the language sciences which detail research in keeping with the theme of the conference. Abstracts, which will be peer-reviewed, should be no longer than one side of A4 paper (including references) and may be presented in either .pdf or .doc format. Tables etc. may be presented in an appendix. Abstracts should be anonymous with the author details contained within the body of the email. Please submit abstracts to valpchester.ac.uk.

Keywords: sociolinguistics; psycholinguistics; experimental pragmatics;
phonetics; laboratory phonology; social cognition; language processing.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10th December 2010
Notification of acceptance: 3rd January 2011
Conference begins: 11th April 2011



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