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LINGUIST List 24.3423

Sun Sep 01 2013

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

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

Date: 01-Sep-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: 15-Oct-2013

Meeting Description:

GURT 2014: Usage-based Approaches to Language, Language Learning, and Multilingualism
March 14-16, 2014
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

GURT 2014 is held in conjunction with CASPSLaP 2014 - Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology. 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.

Plenary Speakers:

Joan Bybee, University of New Mexico
Nick C. Ellis, University of Michigan
Adele Goldberg, Princeton University
Elena Lieven, Max Planck Institute & University of Manchester
Elissa Newport, Georgetown University

2nd Call for Papers:

Deadline: 11:59 PM Pacific Time, October 15, 2013

Georgetown University Department of Linguistics is now accepting submissions for the upcoming 2014 Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT).

We invite submissions in all areas relevant to the usage-based study of language, language learning, and multilingualism. For a complete list of relevant topics and submission guidelines, please see the conference website. All participants will also have the opportunity to submit their papers for publication in resulting edited volumes.

Submission deadline: 11:59 PM Pacific Time, October 15, 2013.

Invited Colloquia:

New and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Relativity
Panos Athanasopolous, Emanuel Bylund, & Daniel Casasanto

Discourse and Cognitive Linguistics
Carol Moder

Cognitive-Social Approaches to Learning Language(s)
James P. Lantolf, Joan Kelly Hall, & Karen E. Johnson

System Functional Grammar and Multilingual Learning
Heidi Byrnes

Usage-based Phonology of Spanish
Alfonso Morales-Front & Elizabeth Kissling

For more information, please visit the conference website.

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