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        1.    Ben Bergen, Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language

Message 1: Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language
Date: 26-Feb-2010
From: Ben Bergen <csdl.eslpgmail.com>
Subject: Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language
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Full Title: Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language
Short Title: CSDL

Date: 16-Sep-2010 - 19-Sep-2010
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Contact Person: Ben Bergen
Meeting Email: csdl.eslpgmail.com
Web Site: http://embodiedlanguage.org/csdl_eslp.html

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics;
Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2010

Meeting Description:

Joint meeting of the Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language conference
and the Embodied and Situated Language Processing workshop. Includes tutorials
on 'Experimental methods for cognitive linguists' and Cognitive linguistics for
experimentalists' on the first day, as well as single-session oral presentations
and poster sessions.

Call for Papers

Joint meeting of:
The Conceptual Structure Discourse, and Language Conference (CSDL)
and
The Embodied and Situated Language Processing Workshop (ESLP)

San Diego, California
September 16-19, 2010.
http://embodiedlanguage.org/csdl_eslp.html

Keynote Speakers:
Michael Arbib, USC
Lera Boroditsky, Stanford University
Craig Chambers, UTM
Matthew Crocker, U Saarbruecken
Vic Ferreira, UC San Diego
Adele Goldberg, Princeton
George Lakoff, UC Berkeley
Teenie Matlock, UC Merced
Fey Parrill, Case Western
Gabriella Vigliocco, University College London
Rolf Zwaan, University of Rotterdam

Submissions:
We welcome submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations on topics
related to language and cognition, including but not limited to embodiment,
situatedness, language use, figurative language, grammatical constructions,
gesture, comprehension, production, and learning. Successful submissions will
address theoretically important issues using appropriate empirical methods, such
as linguistic analysis, corpus analysis, computational modeling, behavioral
experimentation, electrophysiology, and brain imaging.

Abstracts are due April 30, 2010. They will be reviewed anonymously by expert
reviewers, and authors will be notified with decisions by early June, 2010.

Support for Students:
Through National Science Foundation support, the meeting is able to provide up
to $250 in funding to support travel costs and registration fees for 25 students
participating in this meeting. Students may request to be considered for support
using the form to appear on the meeting's website. Reviews of submissions will
be entirely independent of and unaffected by requests for support.

Schedule:
The goal of this joint meeting is to foster interdisciplinary interactions. To
this end, the first day of the meeting (September 16th) will feature tutorials
on "Experimental Methods for Cognitive Linguists" and "Cognitive Linguistics for
Experimentalists". These will be taught by the invited speakers and are intended
to provide basic familiarity with the tools, vocabulary, and practices of the
relevant disciplines. More details on the tutorial topics will become available
on the website.

Research presentations will start on the afternoon of September 16th and run
through the afternoon of September 19th in a single-session format. Aside from
the keynote speakers, there will be competitive slots for 20-minute oral
presentations as well as poster sessions.

About the meeting:
CSDL, the biennial meeting of the North American branch of the International
Cognitive Linguistics Association, was first held in San Diego in 1994.
Cognitive Linguistics is the cover term for a collection of approaches to
language that focus heavily on the "embodiment" of language. Under the rubric of
embodiment, cognitive linguists investigate the extent to which form depends on
meaning, function, and use, as well as ways in which language use depends on
non-linguistic neurocognitive systems. (For more on previous CSDLs:
http://www.cogling.org/csdlconfs.shtml)

ESLP 2010 is the third event in a workshop series that started in 2007. The
first goal of the conference is to bring together researchers working on the
interaction of language and visual/motor processing in embodied, situated, and
language-for-action research traditions. A further focus is on uniting
converging and complementary evidence from three different methods (behavioral,
neuropsychological, and computational). The first meeting led to the publication
of a special issue on embodied language processing in Brain and Language (to
appear in March 2010). ESLP took place again in June, 2009 in Rotterdam, in
association with the international Cognitive Science Society Conference in
Amsterdam (see http://embodiedlanguage.org/).

This meeting brings together two populations of researchers - cognitive
linguists on the one hand and psycholinguists and cognitive psychologists
studying embodied and situated language processing on the other. There are
substantial gains to be made by bringing these two communities together. They
share an interest in investigating how language and its structure depend upon
situated use and embodied cognition, but differ in their methods and many of
their assumptions.

Cognitive linguists typically use traditional methods of linguistic analysis
(corpus methods, elicitation, native speaker judgments) to develop nuanced and
theoretically sophisticated accounts of how language is embodied how language
structure depends upon constraints imposed by known properties of the human
brain and body. They additionally focus on how language use affects language
structure and language change.

The ESLP community (psycholinguists, cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists)
typically use experimental and computational methods to ask questions about the
cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying linguistic embodiment, and about the
neural and cognitive mechanisms when language is processed in its grounded
physical and social contexts situatedness.

For more information, please consult the meeting website:
http://embodiedlanguage.org/csdl_eslp.html . If you have further questions,
please contact the conference organizers, Ben Bergen (UCSD) and Pia Knoeferle
(Bielefeld University), at csdl.eslpgmail.com.
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