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Wed May 11 2011

Calls: Cognitive Science, Typology/Australia

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        1.     Andrea Schalley , Epistemic Perspective and Social Cognition

Message 1: Epistemic Perspective and Social Cognition
Date: 10-May-2011
From: Andrea Schalley <a.schalleygriffith.edu.au>
Subject: Epistemic Perspective and Social Cognition
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Full Title: Epistemic Perspective and Social Cognition

Date: 04-Dec-2011 - 04-Dec-2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Contact Person: Andrea Schalley
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/langfest/als.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-May-2011

Meeting Description:

Social cognition is the capacity to represent and reason about agents and events in our social universe, and to interact with others by building a shared mental world (e.g. Goody 1995; Enfield & Levinson 2006). This workshop will look at how social cognition categories are grammaticalised across the world's languages, and will in particular focus on the nexus of social cognition and epistemic perspective (cf., amongst others, Evans 2007). This includes, but is by no means limited to, the tracking of contents of other minds, the expression of knowledge sources (such as mirative and evidential marking), representations and reports of others' speech and thoughts, or how social group role descriptors (such as kinship systems) depend on epistemic perspective.

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers working in this new exciting area of typological research. We invite contributions that are evidence-based treatments of the epistemic perspective and social cognition nexus in a single language, but also those that showcase cross-linguistic comparisons or present overviews of a subarea such as the ones mentioned above. In addition, we welcome methodological discussions and presentations of fieldwork tasks used for such purposes. It is our hope that the workshop will invigorate and instigate a broad interest in the study of social cognition and how it is encoded in natural language.


Enfield, Nick J., and Stephen C. Levinson (eds.) 2006. Roots of Human Sociality: Culture, Cognition and Interaction. Oxford: Berg.
Evans, Nicholas 2007. View with a view: Towards a typology of multiple perspective. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 2005, 93-120.
Goody, Esther N. (ed.) 1995. Social Intelligence and Interaction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This half-day workshop is part of the Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS 2011), the yearly meeting of the society, held 2-4 Dec 2011 at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. It will run alongside five other workshops (one of them a closely related one on 'Modality in the Indigenous languages of Australia and PNG') and general sessions.

ALS 2011 is one of the events held as part of LangFest 2011, a series of events about language, languages and their relationship with the world held in Canberra, Australia. LangFest 2011 runs from 27 November 2011 until 9 December 2011. For more information on LangFest 2011, including information on the different events, the registration process, accommodation, transport, venues, visas, and the location, please cf. http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/langfest/conference.htm


The workshop is organized by the Australian Research Council Discovery project 'Social Cognition and Language' (http://chl.anu.edu.au/linguistics/projects/soccog/).
Workshop convenors are Barbara Kelly (University of Melbourne) and Andrea Schalley (Griffith University).

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions of abstracts of no more than 200 words (with up to 100 more words for references and examples). Please follow the submissions guidelines and submit electronically at http://langfest.anu.edu.au/index.php/als/ALS2011/schedConf/cfp

Presentations consist of a 20-minute lecture-style presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/responses.

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