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LINGUIST List 23.4451

Wed Oct 24 2012

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Philosophy of Lang, Socioling, Pragmatics, Anthro Ling/Croatia

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Oct-2012
From: Ad Backus and Marko Simonovic <nomativity.workshopgmail.com>
Subject: Interdisciplinary View on Normativity in Language
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Full Title: Interdisciplinary View on Normativity in Language

Date: 18-Sep-2013 - 21-Sep-2013
Location: Split, Croatia
Contact Person: Marko Simonovic
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 13-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

The goal of this workshop is to connect linguists with researchers from related fields who are interested in normativity, and to encourage cross-fertilisation between fields. Multi-disciplinary and transversal analyses are welcome.

Topics include, but are not restricted to, the following types/conceptualisations of language norms:

1. Norms as inherent in all human activity that is under some form of cognitive control (behaviour as commonly understood, including language)
2. Norms as emergent from behaviour (usage, experience: active use and passive exposure): internal norms
3. Norms as imposed or coerced by authorities (from peer pressure to laws): external norms
4. Linguistic norms (internal ones) as reflection of, or usage-based equivalence of, linguistic competence in the generative sense
5. Clustering of individual's internal norms into group norms, because of sociolinguistic accommodation and the need to find common ground
6. Tension between internal and external norms
7. Polycentricity of external norms: the elite and the state are not the only sources
8. How external norms (of whatever source) are evaluated: affection and resistance
9. 'Good norms': when speakers want to accommodate
10. 'Bad norms': when speakers resist
11. 'Unreachable norms': when speakers have limited access (elite closure)
12. Norms in contact: conflicting and reinforcing norms

Possible questions we would like to see addressed include the following (but many more can be envisioned):

a) Can normativity be viewed not as external noise which obscures 'real' and 'spontaneous' linguistic behaviour, but rather as inscribed in the very core of 'languaging'? Related to this, is the existence of norms a necessary design feature of language?
b) What is the relation between normativity and affectivity? Is normative behaviour a form of 'care for the code'? And is this normativity/affectivity a player in the creation of linguistic identities? Is something a language only if someone cares to be normative about it? And do languages disappear once no one does?
c) Can some of the processes often used in 'formal' explanations of linguistic behaviour - restructuring, reanalysis, analogy, hypercorrection etc. - serve as evidence that normativity (i.e. search of the correct form) is the driving force behind much language behaviour?
d) Can there be a typology of linguistic norms across different communities?
e) To what extent is the conceptualisation of standard language norms influenced by the situation of Standard Average European? What can we learn from non-SAE normativities?
f) Are the 'emancipatory' processes of standardisation, alphabetisation and technologisation of endangered/minority languages normative, in the sense that a 'proper way of being a language' is implicated?
g) What role does the conceptualization of linguistics as the 'science of language' play in the scientific modelling of norms in linguistics? How do these scientific discourses on language influence normativity in language?
h) What is the role of writing in the emergence and maintenance of norms?
i) What are similarities and differences between normativity in the domain of language and in other domains of human behaviour, and what does that say about the essence of language?
j) What is the relationship between normativity and the usage-based notion that competence equals the cognitive degrees of entrenchment of linguistic units (=form-meaning pairings)?

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for the workshop 'An Interdisciplinary View on Normativity in Language: Cultural, Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Perspectives' at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (September 18-21, 2013) organized by the Italian and English Departments and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research Studia Mediterranea, Split.

This call regards the submission of the short, preliminary versions of the abstracts. Submissions will be evaluated by the workshop organizers (Ad Backus and Marko Simonović). After that, 13 abstracts will be selected and submitted together with the workshop proposal to the conference organizers on November 15, 2012. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given to the workshop organizers by December 15, 2012. If the workshop is accepted, the deadline for the submission of the final version of the abstracts will be January 15, 2012.

Submission Details:

- Deadline for submission (preliminary abstracts): November 13, 2012
- Abstracts are no longer than 300 words, including examples (full references should not be included in the abstract)
- Submissions are restricted to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract at most (or two co-authored abstracts)
- The language of the workshop is English: abstracts and talks will be in English
- Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 10. The margins will be 2,54 top/bottom and 1,91 left/right (Moderate in MS Word).
- File format: *.pdf
- File name: [title.pdf]
- Submission email: nomativity.workshopgmail.com (add 'Abstract Submission SLE 2013' in the subject line)

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