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LINGUIST List 19.1566

Thu May 15 2008

Calls: Cog Sci,Pragmatics,Semantics/Germany;General Ling/Slovenia

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ellen Fricke, 12th Int. Congr. of the German Society for Semiotics
        2.    Lanko Marusic, ConSOLE XVII

Message 1: 12th Int. Congr. of the German Society for Semiotics
Date: 14-May-2008
From: Ellen Fricke <scienceellenfricke.de>
Subject: 12th Int. Congr. of the German Society for Semiotics
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Full Title: 12th Int. Congr. of the German Society for Semiotics

Date: 09-Oct-2008 - 12-Oct-2008
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact Person: Ellen Fricke
Meeting Email: scienceellenfricke.de
Web Site: http://www.dgs-stuttgart-2008.de/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 04-Jul-2008

Meeting Description:

Workshop 'Gestures in communication: Processes of concretization and abstraction'

Call for Papers

12th International Congress of the German Society for Semiotics (DGS) ''The
concrete as a sign'' (''Das Konkrete als Zeichen'') in Stuttgart, October 9-12,

Panel organizers: Dr. Ellen Fricke (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder),
Dr. Irene Mittelberg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Sedinha Teßendorf, M.A.
(Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)

Title of Panel ''Gestures in communication: Processes of concretization and

Every gesture is a concrete, spatially and temporally determined communicative
event. Research on co-verbal gestures has shown that they are intricately
synchronized and coordinated with both the semantic and pragmatic functions of
the concurrent speech. This panel focuses on body movements that can be observed
during speech and explores the nature of the tight relationship between the two
modalities from a specific angle. The central assumption is that the relation
between gesture and speech is determined, inter alia, by processes of both
concretization and abstraction. Iconic gestures may concretize, for instance,
aspects of the speaker's mental imagery that are not at all expressed verbally.
Gestures may also activate the base of a verbal metaphor and stand as a concrete
sign for an abstract idea. Deictic gestures can guide the attention of the
listener to non-verbal concrete objects, which in turn may be interpreted as a
sign in their own right, standing for either a concrete or an abstract entity.
Finally, as semaphores, gestures may undergo gradual processes of abstraction,
e.g., stylization.

Taking such semiotic processes of concretization and abstraction as a point of
departure, we invite contributions addressing the following questions and points
of discussion:

- What levels of concretization and abstraction can we find in gestural sign
carriers? If we compare gestures and the visual arts in this respect, what
similarities or differences can be found? What can we learn, for instance, from
representations of gestures in drawings and cartoons?

- How are processes of concretization and abstraction distributed across the
manual and speech modalities? Which semiotic concepts allow us to account for
these processes to a high degree?

- In what ways do different gesture types exhibit similarities and/or
differences regarding processes of concretization and abstraction?

- Are there language-specific or culture-specific differences? In particular, if
we compare signed languages and co-verbal gestures, what are the commonalities
and differences?

- How do gestures differ from actions? To what extent are gestures abstracted
from actions? What is the role of ritualization?

- How have gestures evolved ontogenetically and phylogenetically? What is the
role of certain processes of concretization and abstraction for specific levels
of evolution? What can be said about parallels between human and non-human

In view of these questions, a special focus of the panel will be on the topics
of deixis and indexicality, metonymy and metaphor, ritualization and
stylization, as well as on specification and concretization of lexical meaning
and mental imagery via gestures.

Abstract submission guide:
The abstract may be submitted in either German or English and should not exceed
one page. Please include your name, academic affiliation, e-mail address, and
the title of the talk. Deadline for submitting abstracts is July 4, 2008.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of July, 2008.
Presentation slots will be 30 minutes (plus 15 minutes for discussion and
technical set up).

For information and abstract submission, please contact Ellen Fricke at

Panel Organizers:
Dr. Ellen Fricke
VW-Project "Towards a Grammar of Gesture''
Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder
Grosse Scharrnstr. 59
D-15320 Frankfurt (Oder)

Dr. Irene Mittelberg
Department of Language & Communication
Faculty of Arts
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Sedinha Teßendorf, M.A.
VW-Project "Towards a Grammar of Gesture''
Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder
Grosse Scharrnstr. 59
D-15320 Frankfurt (Oder)
Message 2: ConSOLE XVII
Date: 14-May-2008
From: Lanko Marusic <franc.marusicp-ng.si>
Subject: ConSOLE XVII
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Full Title: ConSOLE XVII

Date: 16-Jan-2009 - 18-Jan-2009
Location: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Contact Person: Lanko Marusic
Meeting Email: console.XVIIgmail.com
Web Site: http://www.ung.si/~jezik/console/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

ConSOLE is the annual conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in
Europe (SOLE). Console is open to registered students worldwide. It provides a
forum for the coming generations of linguistics to present their research to an
international audience.

Call for Papers

Graduate students not having defended a Ph.D. in Linguistics by September 15th
are invited to submit abstracts in Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics.
Submissions in other areas, e.g. Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Phonetics,
etc., will also be welcome if their theoretical significance is made clear.
Papers are allotted 30 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams.
Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins
(letter-size; 8''1/2 by 11'' or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page.
Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1
joint abstract per author.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please send name, affiliation,
e-mail, postal address and title of paper in the body of the message. The
anonymous abstract should be sent as an attachment, and only abstracts in pdf
format will be accepted.

Abstracts should be sent to: console.XVIIgmail.com

Invited speakers:
- Richard Larson (Stony Brook University)
- John Harris (University College London)

Important dates
- Deadline for abstract submission: September 15, 2008
- Notification of accceptance: November 19, 2008
- Final Program: December 1, 2008
- Conference: January 16-18, 2009

More information on the conference will soon be available on the webpage
http://www.ung.si/~jezik/console/ (which is still under construction).

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