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LINGUIST List 23.4943

Tue Nov 27 2012

Calls: General Linguistics/France

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

Date: 26-Nov-2012
From: Jiayin Gao <jiayin.gaogmail.com>
Subject: 16th Rencontres Jeunes Chercheurs: Models and Modeling in Language Sciences
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Full Title: 16th Rencontres Jeunes Chercheurs: Models and Modeling in Language Sciences
Short Title: RJC 2013

Date: 30-May-2013 - 31-May-2013
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Jiayin Gao
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.univ-paris3.fr/16th-rencontres-jeunes-chercheurs-rjc-2013--178389.kjsp?RH=ACCUEIL

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Jan-2013

Meeting Description:

Created in 1998, the Rencontres Jeunes Chercheurs (RJC) of the Doctoral School « Langage et langues » (ED 268, Sorbonne Nouvelle University - Paris 3) is an opportunity for junior researchers preparing for a Master’s degree or a Doctorate, but also for post-doctorates, to present their work in paper or poster sessions. The topic of this year is ‘Models and Modeling in Language Sciences’.

How do we grasp the variety of reality without trying to establish a structure and formulate rules supposed to explain or describe the way it works? How do we understand a phenomenon without first trying to conceive its possible operations? Even if the use of an abstract framing is not always enough for comprehending a given linguistic phenomenon, psychological process or cognitive strategy, the construction and utilisation of models often appears necessary – just as it is necessary to question and revise existing models, in order to apprehend ever more finely grained phenomena.

Because of the varied disciplines grouped under the heading ‘language sciences’, the very word ‘model’ is to be understood in different senses. For instance, the psycholinguist proposing a model to account for the psycho-cognitive process of the reader does not conceive the model in the same way as the semiotician speaking about the ‘model reader’ (Eco, 1979). In the same way syntactic models have different functions in natural language processing and in descriptive linguistics.

The many approaches of the varied disciplines lead to question regarding not only the notion of ‘model’ but also the activity of modeling linguistic data, depending on descriptive, explanatory or predictive purposes. Thus, the various definitions of ‘model’ are of interest, together with their application, their transdisciplinary potentialities and their possible transformations.

The questions of the relevance and limits of these models are also of interest, as is the issue of the very notion of ‘model’. According to the different approaches adopted by researchers, the model can be considered as a necessity, or an obstacle, as a sign of rigor or as a scientific bias. Is it a theoretical restraint into the empirical data must fit in with? Or is it an abstract construction required to understand the dynamics and functioning of any given phenomenon or linguistic fact?

Call for Papers:

2013 RJC invites participants to contribute to the reflection about conceiving, using, questioning and revising models in language sciences. We particularly welcome presentations in the following fields:

- First and second language acquisition
- Discourse analysis
- Anthropological linguistics
- Language and culture pedagogy
- History of linguistic ideas
- General linguistics
- Historical and compared linguistics
- Morphology
- Neurolinguistics
- Phonetics
- Phonology
- Pragmatics
- Psycholinguistics
- Rhetoric
- Semantics
- Semiotics
- Sociolinguistics
- Syntax
- Translation studies
- Linguistic typology

Proposals for oral presentations should be typed in Times New Roman 12, simple spacing, in the form of a summary of 1000 words at most (including references) and the proposals for posters in the form of a summary of 500 words (including references). In the case of phonetic transcriptions, please use the SILDoulos font.

Propositions are to be sent to the Organization Committee by email (rjc.ed268.p3gmail.com), in the .rtf format. They should be sent twice:

- The first one will be named ‘anon_NAME_rjc2012.rtf’ (for example: anon_SMITH_rjc2012.rtf) and will contain: title, fields of research, 5 keywords, a summary, kind of presentation (oral presentation or poster).

- The second named ‘NAME_rjc2012.rtf’ (for example SMITH_rjc2012.rtf) will contain the following information, besides the previous ones: personal data (last name, first name, email and personal postal address), university, level of studies (clarify the number of years for the doctorate), research supervisor(s).

Only one submission will be examined for each participant.

The languages of oral presentations and posters will be in English or French. The duration of oral presentations will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions. Before the display of posters, each author will be invited to present their work in a short oral presentation (5 minutes).

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