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LINGUIST List 24.4347

Sat Nov 02 2013

Calls: Philosophy of Lang, Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, Socioling, Pragmatics/USA

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

Date: 01-Nov-2013
From: Bert Hodges <bert.hodgesuconn.edu>
Subject: Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use
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Full Title: Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use

Date: 12-Jun-2014 - 14-Jun-2014
Location: Storrs, CT, USA
Contact Person: Carol Fowler
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

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

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

Finding Common Ground:
Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use
June 12-14, 2014
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

This is a conference intended to bring together researchers from a variety of traditions that are studying language as an embodied, social, engaged, conversational activity. Most experimental scientific work on language use has focused on written materials; we are particularly interested in theory and research focused on language as a dialogical activity that is meaningful, socially situated, and morally accountable.

Invited Speakers:

- Mark Bickhard, Department of Philosophy, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
- Rick Dale, Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced, CA
- Hanne De Jaegher, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of the Basque Country, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
- Simon Garrod, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
- Bryan Gick, Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
- Susan Goldin-Meadow, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- Alexander Kravchenko, Department of Foreign Languages, Baikal National University of Economics and Law, Irkutsk, Russia
- Per Linell, Department of Culture and Communication, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden
- Kerry Marsh, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- Ruth Millikan, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- Joanna Raçzaszek-Leonardi, Department of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
- Gün Semin, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

Call for Papers:

A wide variety of usage-based, functionalist, ecological accounts of language as a public, cultural, communicative activity have arisen, offering the view that language is part of a broader human adaptation for culture in which linguistic norms and patterns serve to solve coordination problems and to assist in collaborative efforts (Clark, 1996; Tomasello, 2008; Everett, 2012; Givón, 2013). Laks (2013) makes a strong case that usage-based approaches are now in ascendancy among researchers, but Ibbotson (2013) suggests that the variation of views among such researchers is a weakness, as well as a strength: Better integration and more in-depth development are needed. The conference we have organized is designed to meet this deep and pressing need.

There is an impressive array of scientists and scholars calling for language to be viewed as more interactive, more cultural, and more embodied. They include, but are not limited to, people from the following research traditions:

- Enactive approaches
- Dynamical systems theory
- Ecological approaches
- Gesture studies
- Interactive neuroscience
- Cognitive linguistics
- Dialogical cognitive psychology

We invite researchers to participate who are interested in how we can best understand conversing as embodied, ecological engagement. In coming together we will engage in conversation ourselves, with the hope that we can learn from each other. We certainly expect that the conference will help all of us develop our ability to understand the physical actions and social interactions entailed in conversing.
We are also particularly interested in explorations of language addressing its social, embodied (e.g., gestural), pragmatic, and normative dimensions.

Talks will be approximately 25 minutes. Deadline for abstracts for papers or posters (400 word limit) is February 1, 2014. Please send them to Carol Fowler or Bert Hodges at the email addresses below. We would appreciate receiving an email at any time to let us know that you are considering making a submission to the conference.

Organizers: Carol Fowler (carol.fowleruconn.edu) & Bert Hodges (bert.hodgesuconn.edu)



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