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LSA Organized Session in Memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and Discourse
Message 1: LSA Organized Session in Memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and Discourse
From: Sophia Malamud <smalamudbrandeis.edu>
Subject: LSA Organized Session in Memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and Discourse
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Full Title: LSA Organized Session in Memory of Ellen F. Prince: Information Structure and Discourse
Date: 05-Jan-2012 - 08-Jan-2012
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Contact Person: Sophia Malamud
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Call Deadline: 05-Sep-2011
LSA Organised Session on Information Structure and Discourse: In Memory of Ellen F. Prince
Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting
Portland, Oregon - January 5-8, 2012
Sophia A. Malamud, Brandeis University
Eleni Miltsakaki, University of Pennsylvania
The management of hearer's (reader's) attention is an integral part of cooperative communication in any language. The discourse, below and above the level of the sentence, is thus structured in a way that allows the hearers to focus their attention on various expressions and entities evoked in discourse, and to ensure that information about them is entered into their knowledge-store in a coherent way. The informational notions of givenness and newness that are relevant across languages, as well as language-specific tools that speakers utilise to manage information in discourse have been the subject of much ongoing research. These tools may include particular syntactic constructions or intonation contours, word order and referential devices, as well as special morphology. In turn, information structure affects interpretation, including truth-conditions of sentences, and the computation of presuppositions and implicatures.
We will hold an organised session on Information Structure and Discourse at the 2012 annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. In addition to reviewed talks, the session features work by the students, colleagues, and collaborators of Ellen F. Prince, to honour her memory, to celebrate her impact on the field of linguistic pragmatics, and to further her life's work in this field by presenting current work to the LSA audience.
Ellen F. Prince was a pioneer in the field of linguistic pragmatics, producing seminal work on the typology and linguistic marking of informational status, on the discourse functions of syntactic constructions, including insights from cross linguistic studies in Yiddish and English, language contact phenomena, and the study of reference and salience in the Centering framework. In the course of her work, she also pioneered the use of naturally-occurring data in linguistic research, long predating the advent of electronic corpora.
Call for Papers:
We invite submissions of papers for 20-minute talks (15 min presentation, 5 min for questions), presenting current research addressing discourse phenomena, including information structure, attentional status of linguistic expressions and their meanings, the relationship between coherence and reference, and phenomena at the discourse-syntax-semantics interface that emerge in situations of language contact and change. Research based on experimental or corpus data is particularly encouraged.
Please email all submissions to the session organisers at lsa2012.princegmail.com. The subject of the email must be 'LSA session abstract'. Please include the following information in the email:
- Name, affiliation, and email address for each author
- The title of the paper
The deadline for all submissions is Monday, September 5.
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