LINGUIST List 23.3205

Fri Jul 27 2012

Confs: Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, General Ling/Switzerland

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Date: 27-Jul-2012
From: Stephen Anderson <>
Subject: 19th International Congress of Linguists
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19th International Congress of Linguists Short Title: 19ICL

Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013 Location: Geneva, Switzerland Contact: Jacques Moeschler, Fabienne Reboul Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

Geneva has been selected by the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes as the venue for the next International Congress of Linguists (ICL). The main theme of the 19th ICL is:

The Language-Cognition Interface:

2013, which falls exactly one hundred years after the death of Ferdinand de Saussure, affords a unique opportunity to look forward to the future of linguistics. Current research in every linguistic field shows that the link between linguistics and the cognitive sciences will significantly increase over the next decades. The emergence of non-invasive technologies for the observation of the brain, the change in statistical and experimental methods, the increasing amount of research in language acquisition and language pathology, as well as the more complex integration of pragmatic approaches to language use at the interface of syntax and semantics all point to an ever-growing link between language and human cognition. New interest has recently been sparked in such topics as the origins of language, and has given rise to a number of new hypotheses. Moreover, traditional domains of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, and synchronic and diachronic syntax now play an increasing role in cognitive studies, especially as related to questions of language acquisition.

The anniversary of Ferdinand de Saussure’s death will also be the opportunity to look back on the history of linguistics, particularly as concern the Saussure-Chomsky connection. Although one century is a short period in the history of the sciences, it is more than enough to honor the origins of what has become a mature scientific discipline.

In addition to parallel scientific sessions and workshops, the Congress will include eight plenary sessions devoted to lectures by keynote speakers, addressing the following topics:

1. Giorgio Graffi, History of Linguistics2. Peter Auer, Sociolinguistics3. Liliane Haegeman, Syntax4. Angelika Kratzer, Semantics5. W. Tecumseh Fitch, Origin and Evolution of Language6. Philippe Schlenker, Pragmatics and Cognition7. Karen Emmorey, Neurolinguistics8. Mark Johnson, Computational Linguistics

The following scientific domains will be treated in parallel sessions and in presentations in the poster sessions. Each session will include a maximum of thirty-five communications:

1. Frederick J. Newmeyer: Saussure and his Legacy

2. Anne Reboul: Origin of Language and Human Cognition

3. Claire Bowern: The Life, Growth and Death of Languages

4. Marc van Oostendorp: Phonology and Morphology

5. Luigi Rizzi: Theoretical and Comparative Syntax

6-A. Kai von Fintel and David Beaver: Semantics-Pragmatics Interfaces

6-B. Laurence Horn and Istvan Kecskes: Pragmatics, Discourse and Cognition

7. Ulrich Frauenfelder: Psycholinguistics

8. Edgar Schneider: Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism

9. Eric Wehrli: Experimental and Computational Approaches to Language and Linguistics

10. Stephen R. Anderson: Varia

Finally, the Scientific Committe has selected thirty-one workshops. The following workshops are open ones to which proposed contributions can be submitted:

- The Current State of Linguistic Cyberinfrastructure

- Grammatical Variation within Standard Varieties of Pluricentric Languages

- TheoreticAl and Computational Morphology: New Trends and Synergie (TACMO)

- Lexical Categories United: Parallels between Extended Projections

- Business and Governance Linguistics

- Additive and Restrictive Quantification in Discourse. Comparative Perspectives

- Advances in Biolinguistics

- Language and Mind in Autism

- L'Ecole Linguistique de Genève : Situation, Histoire et Actualité

- Langage et Cognition dans une Perspective Saussurienne

- Native Influence in Second Language Acquisition

- Negation and Polarity: Interfaces and Cognition

- The Semantics and Pragmatics of Logical Words: A Cross Linguistics Perspective

- Multilingualism and Literacy

- Modality as a Window on Cognition

- The Semantics of Compounding

- Word Stress: Dialectal Variation and Perception

- Innovations in the Study of Language Acquisition and Language Impairment

- Perspectives on Complexity

Closed workshops (not accepting outside contributions) address these topics:

- Information-Theoretic Approaches to Morphosyntax-Description Typology and Acquisition

- Embodied Cognition and Experiential Approaches to Communication, Written and Spoken Discourse Analysis. From Hypothesis and Empirical Data to Theoretical Issues

- Cross-Linguistic Influence: Determining Onset and End

- Rethinking Creole Morphology

- Language Policy for Indigenous, Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Languages: New Directions and Enduring Dilemmas in Linguistic Diversity and Rights

- Linguistic Theory and its Applications: Comparative Applied Studies

- Indexicals in Free Indirect Discourse

- Register Variation and Syntactic Theory

- Socio-Cognitive Aspects of Language Attitude Variation

- The Relationship between Perception and Production in L2 Phonological Acquisition. Implications for Pronunciation Teaching

A first draft of the 19th ICL's scientific program will be posted on the website at the end of this year. If you want to know more about our Congress, please consult our website:

Please consult the third call for papers on the Linguist List website.

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