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LINGUIST List 24.3022

Thu Jul 25 2013

Calls: Language Acquisition, Socioling, Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, Neuroling/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Jul-2013
From: Vitaly Nikolaev <vvn2georgetown.edu>
Subject: GURT 2014: Usage-based Approaches to Language, Language Learning, and Multilingualism
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Full Title: GURT 2014: Usage-based Approaches to Language, Language Learning, and Multilingualism
Short Title: GURT 2014 & CASPSLaP

Date: 14-Mar-2014 - 16-Mar-2014
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Contact Person: Lourdes Ortega
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www8.georgetown.edu/college/gurt/2014/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2013

Meeting Description:

GURT 2014 will bring together research from various usage-based perspectives in order to explore (a) how communicative context and language use, in interaction with general cognitive processes, shape the properties of language, language change, and language learning and (b) the consequences of bilingualism and multilingualism for usage-based theorizing and investigation.

Researchers who take a usage-based perspective (broadly defined) have argued that linguistic structure cannot be fully understood if isolated from the study of how language is employed to create meaning. Moreover, an increasing number of researchers from the fields of first language acquisition, second language acquisition, bilingualism, and multilingualism have argued that language learning is guided in crucial ways by the contexts of meaningful learning is guided in crucial ways by the contexts of meaningful communication in which language use is embedded. Overlapping strands of investigation pursued by these researchers include: (1) the importance of general human cognitive processes in interaction with the physical-social world in shaping cognition and language; (2) the connection between linguistic form and function; (3) the importance of frequency and saliency in the input on language learning and language change; (4) the centrality of diversity and variability in explaining language and language learning; and (5) the connections between language, language learning, and general properties of cognition. These insights call for new levels of interdisciplinarity in the study of language and multilingualism in the brain/mind, in schools/classrooms, and in society/communities.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions in all areas relevant to the usage-based study of language, language learning, and multilingualism and reflective of the theoretical and empirical diversity that exists in current usage-based perspectives, including:

- Cognitive linguistics
- Complexity theory, dynamic systems theories, language as an adaptive system, and/or emergentist approaches in language learning
- Construction grammars and language learning
- Conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and discourse analysis
- Corpus linguistic analyses of learner language and/or bi/multilingual corpora
- Computational modeling of language and bi/multilingualism
- Ecological and evolutionary perspectives to language diversity
- Educational linguistics in bi/multilingual contexts
- English as a lingua franca approaches to language learning-in-use
- Identity theory and language learning
- Individual differences among first-language or bi/multilingual users
- Language socialization theory
- Linguistic relativity
- Multicompetence understandings of bi/multilingual competence
- Narrative inquiry into bi/multilingualism in transnational contexts
- Neurocognition of language and bi/multilingualism
- Performance-based language assessment
- Second dialect acquisition from usage-based perspectives
- Sociocultural approaches to language learning and teaching
- Sociocognitive approaches to language learning and teaching
- Statistical language learning
- Systemic functional linguistics
- Thinking-for-speaking
- Usage-based perspectives into first, additional, and bi/multilingual learning, use, or assessment of sign languages
- Usage-based phonology

Proposals will be blind reviewed for their originality, quality, and breadth of relevance. In addition, colloquium proposals will be evaluated for the coherence and complementarity of their individual presentations.

Submission Guidelines:

You may submit your abstract for an individual paper or a poster by cutting and pasting your abstract into the Abstract Box through our submission interface.

Individual Papers:

A 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 50-word summary for the conference booklet. Please make sure your submission is properly blinded.

Poster Presentations:

Displayed for a 2-hour block of time.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 50-word summary for the conference booklet. Please make sure your submission is properly blinded.

Colloquia:

A 2-and-a-half-hour block of time (plus a coffee break in the middle).

The colloquium organizer should upload a proposal in a MS Word (.doc, .docx) file. Please include the following:

- A 300-word abstract and a 150-word summary for the conference booklet.
- The structure for the colloquium, with time allocated for opening and closing remarks, presentations, discussion, and audience response. Please plan for a colloquium program that contains an additional 15-minute coffee break in the middle of the 2-and-a-half hour block.
- For each colloquium participant, a 300-word abstract and a 50-word summary for the conference booklet.

Please make sure your submission is properly blinded.

http://www8.georgetown.edu/college/gurt/2014/submission.html



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