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LINGUIST List 22.2118

Wed May 18 2011

Calls: Philosophy of Language/Denmark

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Message 1: Symposium on the Dynamics of Language Conventionalization
Date: 17-May-2011
From: Dorthe Duncker <langtichum.ku.dk>
Subject: Symposium on the Dynamics of Language Conventionalization
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Full Title: Symposium on the Dynamics of Language Conventionalization

Date: 25-Jan-2012 - 27-Jan-2012
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact Person: Dorthe Duncker
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://langtic.inss.ku.dk/english/activities/symposium_january_2012/

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

The aim of this symposium is to make a new contribution to research on the mechanisms behind language creativity and diversity. We ask participants to examine and discuss how language conventions are created, sustained and changed through everyday processes of communication.

The symposium is organized by the research group Language in Time and Context at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, http://langtic.inss.ku.dk/english/

It is the point of departure for this symposium that language presupposes human beings with communicational needs. Persons are situated in time and context, and processes of communication take place in particular spatio-temporal and social circumstances.

Language is dynamic and intrinsically social. The creation of signs and the participants' prior communicative experiences, social understandings, and knowledge of language become embedded in each particular situation. The processes of communication are not dependent on any other set of a priori standards. Therefore language is a historical, social, and cognitive phenomenon.

Participants may contribute data and/or perspectives on all forms of communication: spoken as well as written (modern and old), language among children or adults, language produced by social minorities/majorities. We also welcome the integration of drawings, pictures, layout, voice qualities, gestures and performances whenever such materials and actions seem to help the involved parties to organize their processes of communication.

The symposium aims to facilitate a dialogue among researchers about the way a variety of requisite factors are related to the creation of language - most fundamentally the biophysical and social conditions of human beings in time and space. We invite researchers from different fields of studies to explore the seamlessness between various modes of expression when these are involved in processes of conventionalization.

Invited Speakers:

Christian Benne
Jan Blommaert
Nigel Love
Paul J. Thibault

Linguistic subfield: Empirically based integrational studies in language

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks about the way language conventions are created, sustained and changed through everyday processes of communication. In particular the symposium will focus on how processes of conventionalization operate and how they may be studied from the following perspectives:

- Experience & Dialogicity
- Materiality & Literacy
- Participation & Situated meaning
- Formulaicity & Genre

Please forward an abstract (max 400 words) with title of paper, the author's name, and contact information.

Abstracts should be sent to langtichum.ku.dk by August 15, 2011.




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