LINGUIST List 23.3149

Mon Jul 23 2012

Confs: Cognitive Science, Lang Acq, Psycholing, Semantics/France

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Date: 20-Jul-2012
From: Bridget Copley <>
Subject: Causality in Language and Cognition: From prelinguistic to linguistic causality in infants
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Causality in Language and Cognition: From prelinguistic to linguistic causality in infants

Date: 12-Oct-2012 - 12-Oct-2012 Location: Paris, France Contact: Bridget Copley Contact Email: < click here to access email >

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

Meeting Description:

This workshop is organized by the project Causality in language and cognition (with the support of the Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques), which is dedicated to understanding the cross-linguistic expression of causality in a range of linguistic structures. Although causality plays a role in many facets of language - for example, in argument structure, aspect, and modality - it has not received a dedicated, coherent treatment in formal linguistics in a way that is compatible with work in cognition. Almost without exception, formal approaches have relied on counterfactual theories of causation (notably that of David Lewis), without further investigating how the expression of causality in language might have a cognitive basis, as shown by insights about force transmission in cognitive linguistics (e.g. Talmy, 1988, 2000; Croft, in press), as well as by research on language processing (Wolff, 2007; Wolff et al., 2010), language acquisition (e.g. Bowerman & Choi, 2001; Choi, 2009; Choi & Bowerman, 1991), or infant cognition (e.g. Lécuyer, 1989; Leslie, 1984, 1994; Spelke, 1998; Spelke & Kinzler, 2007; Spelke et al., 1992; Lécuyer, 1989; Mandler, 1998, 2008, 2012).

The project brings together linguists and psycholinguists aiming to develop a framework that takes all of these lines of research into account in order to understand how cognitively realistic concepts of causality are combined in language. The present workshop will focus particularly on prelinguistic and early linguistic notions of causality in infants.

Atelier / WorkshopLa causalité dans la langue et la cognition : Causalité prélinguistique et linguistique chez le bébéCausality in Language and Cognition: From prelinguistic to linguistic causality in infants

12 Octobre 201214h Laboratoire Structures Formelles du LangageCentre Pouchet, 59 rue Pouchet, 75017 Paris

14h-15hSoonja ChoiSan Diego State University & University of ViennaInfants' Perception of Object Properties in Caused Motion('Comment le bébé perçoit les propriétés des objets dans le mouvement provoqué')

15h-16hJean MandlerUniversity of California, San Diego & University College LondonWhat Infants Do and Do not Know about Causality('Ce que le bébé sait ou ne sait pas sur la causalité')

16h-16h15Coffee break / Pause café

16h15-17h15Roger LécuyerProfesseur Emérite, Institut de Psychologie, Université René Descartes, ParisCause toujours ! Ou le retour à Michotte('Cause toujours ! Or back to Michotte')

17h15-17h45General discussion / Discussion générale

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