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LINGUIST List 22.2492

Wed Jun 15 2011

Confs: Discipline of Linguistics, Linguistic Theories/France

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        1.     Patrycja Matera , XIVe Rencontres Jeunes Chercheurs RJC2011-Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle

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XIVe Rencontres Jeunes Chercheurs RJC2011-Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle
Short Title: RJC 2011

Date: 16-Jun-2011 - 17-Jun-2011
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Patrycja Matera
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.univ-paris3.fr/jsp/fiche_actualite.jsp?CODE=48741430&LANGUE=0

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Meeting Description:

Questioning Practices in Linguistics Research, or How Do We Linguists Conduct our Research?

While we speak about linguistics, we do not think about a singular discipline but rather about its plurality. Today, linguistics is no longer referred to as the science of languages, but rather as ‘Language sciences’. The use of the plural is not fortuitous at all and can be justified insofar as, on the one hand, it describes ‘the set of connected fields of research studying language / speech and language systems’ and, on the other hand, it ‘[...] focuses on a diversity of scientific approaches to those objects of research.’ (Dictionnaire des Sciences du Langage, Neveu 2004 : 261).

Today, far from being restricted to the disciplines concerned, the plurality claimed by Language Scientists not only lies in the multiplicity of the aspects studied, but also seems to be linked with the various methods used, whether they result from general approaches or from particular theories or fields. The question of practices in scientific research makes sense at every level of scientific investigation: the steps taken by language scientists range from data processing and analysis before they can reach some conclusions that can either reinforce or undermine a hypothesis that has been previously formulated on the ground of a definition of the specific aim of an investigation. This issue has become essential. It now turns out to be all the more relevant as we are confronted with proliferation of theoretical models and their interoperability as well as with the necessity of doing some more interdisciplinary researches aims at shedding some light on unexplored or insufficiently studied aspects of an issue, aspects that have been imaged only with one type of level of investigation which is often incomplete and full of gaps. However, in spite of the strong emphasis placed on the heterogenous approaches, one should not overlook the fact that all the sciences of language are united by one common object, that is language (language systems) and languages (language / speech). Hence the importance to determine how experts from various backgrounds deploy their respective knowledge, method and approach, when presented with one and the same issue. Maybe we could even go as far as to suggest that the large variety of methods every researcher is regularly confronted with might help them to consider the compatibility of different theoretical approaches and the results they lead to.

Questionner les Pratiques de Recherche en Sciences du Langage/Questioning Practices in Linguistics Research, or How Do We Linguists Conduct our Research?

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The conference will be held:

16 - 17 June 2011
Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire Sainte Barbe
4 rue Valette 75005 Paris

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