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LINGUIST List 25.925

Mon Feb 24 2014

Calls: Cognitive Science, Semantics/Latvia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Feb-2014
From: Peter Svenonius <peter.svenoniusuit.no>
Subject: 10th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication
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Full Title: 10th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication

Date: 12-Sep-2014 - 13-Sep-2014
Location: Riga, Latvia
Contact Person: Jurgis Skilters
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://cognition.lu.lv/symp/10-call.html

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Semantics

Call Deadline: 20-Mar-2014

Meeting Description:

Two special sessions of the 10th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic, and Communication:
(I) Experimental work on spatial PPs
(II) Formal work on spatial PPs

12-13 September 2014,
University of Latvia,
Riga, Latvia

General information about the Symposium:

The 10th Symposium for Cognition, Logic and Communication, to be held at the University of Latvia in Riga on September 12-13, 2014, will
focus on the cognitive processing of space, its cognitive and formal representation, and its linguistic encoding. We will explore the content
and the scope of spatial cognition and how universal it is. The impact of non-spatial factors on spatial cognition and transformations of spatial
cognition into non-spatial domains will be discussed. Scale-dependency of spatial cognition and differences between small-scale and large-
scale spatial cognition will be explored. The syntax and semantics of locative and other spatial expressions will be examined, along with their
relations to cognitive structures of spatial representation.

The symposium is co-hosted by the Center for Cognitive Sciences and Semantics of the University of Latvia in collaboration with the
Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University, IL, USA.

Invited speakers include:

Peter Gärdenfors (University of Lund, Sweden)
Dedre Gentner (Northwestern University, USA)
Karel Jezek (Charles University, Czech Republic and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway)
Marcus Kracht (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Barbara Landau (John Hopkins University, USA)
Timothy McNamara (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Nora Newcombe (Temple University, USA)
Jessica Rett (University of California at Los Angeles, USA)
David Uttal (Northwestern University, USA)

Organizers:

Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø, Norway)
Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA)
Jurgis Skilters (University of Latvia & Northwestern University, Latvia & USA)

Call for Papers:

Further topics include (but are not limited to):

- The patterns of conceptual representation of space
- Perceptual determinants of spatial cognition
- Development of spatial cognition
- Interaction between linguistic and cognitive structures of spatial representation
- Lexical representations of directional and locative expressions
- Generalization of spatial relations
- Visual impact on spatial cognition
- Multi-modal impact on spatial cognition
- Geometric and topologic principles in spatial reasoning

We welcome contributions from all fields including cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy.
Interdisciplinary contributions are very much welcome.

Two Special Sessions:

(I) A session on experimental work on spatial PPs:

Empirical papers on all aspects of spatial PPs are welcome. The following topics are particularly welcome:

- How are directional and locational concepts encoded?
- Are directional PPs derived from locational ones, and if so what is the mechanism of derivation?
- Functional impact of PPs.
- The impact of functional knowledge on the interpretation of PPs.

Abstracts should include a clear and concise description of methods and statistics.

(II) A session on formal work on spatial PPs:

Papers using formal semantic frameworks in the analysis of spatial preposition are welcome. In particular:

- Formal representation of directional and spatial expressions
- Vector space semantics
- Region calculi
- Topological analysis

Time allowed for presentations is 40 minutes including discussion. Submissions are by extended abstract, and should include an
extended abstract of not more than 2 pages, and a short abstract of 200 words. All submissions should be prepared for blind review,
and should be submitted electronically with 'Paper Riga 2014 Session 1 [or 2]' as a subject to jurgisskiltersgmail.com.

The deadline for submission is March 20, 2014. Authors will be notified in late March 2014.

A limited number of papers will be selected for presentation at the symposium and considered for inclusion in the proceedings in the
Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication.



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