LINGUIST List 23.896

Wed Feb 22 2012

Calls: Linguistic Theories, General Linguistics/USA

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Date: 21-Feb-2012
From: Nancy Stern <>
Subject: Columbia School Linguistics Conference 2012
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Full Title: Columbia School Linguistics Conference 2012
Date: 13-Oct-2012 - 15-Oct-2012 Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA Contact Person: Nancy Stern
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2012

Meeting Description:

The 11th International Columbia School Conference on the Interaction of Linguistic Form and Meaning with Human Behavior will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, October 13-15, 2012.

The Columbia School is a group of linguists developing the theoretical framework originally established by the late William Diver. Language is seen as a symbolic tool whose structure is shaped both by its communicative function and by the characteristics of its human users. Grammatical analyses account for the distribution of linguistic forms as an interaction between linguistic meaning and pragmatic and functional factors such as inference, ease of processing, and iconicity. Phonological analyses explain the syntagmatic and paradigmatic distribution of phonological units within signals, also drawing on both communicative function and human physiological and psychological characteristics.

Call for Papers:

Papers are invited which propose language-specific analyses of natural discourse data within any framework in which languages are viewed as semiotic systems. Particularly encouraged are submissions that advance semantic hypotheses to account for the distribution of linguistic form.

Abstracts should be sent as an email attachment to following these guidelines:

- The subject of the email should be: CS Abstract 2012.- In the body of the email, please include: (1) Author name(s) and affiliation(s); (2) Title of the paper; (3) Email addresses and telephone numbers of all authors.- The abstract, containing only the title of the paper and the text of the abstract, should be sent as an attachment (PDF, RTF, or Word format). The abstract should be no more than 300 words, although references and/or data may be added to that limit.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: April 30, 2012

The language of the conference is English. Papers delivered in languages other than English will be considered.

The support of the Columbia School Linguistic Society ( is gratefully acknowledged.

Selected Columbia School Bibliography:

Contini-Morava, Ellen, Robert S. Kirsner, and Betsy Rodríguez-Bachiller (eds.). 2005. Cognitive and Communicative Approaches to Linguistic Analysis. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Contini-Morava, Ellen, and Barbara Sussman Goldberg (eds.). 1995. Meaning as Explanation: Advances in Linguistic Sign Theory. Berlin: Mouton deGruyter.

Davis, Joseph, Radmila Gorup, and Nancy Stern (eds.). 2006. Advances in Functional Linguistics: Columbia School beyond its origins. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Huffman, Alan. 1997. The Categories of Grammar: French lui and le. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Huffman, Alan. 2001. 'The Linguistics of William Diver and the Columbia School.' WORD 52:1, 29-68.

Huffman, Alan and Joseph Davis. 2012. Language: Communication and Human Behavior. The Linguistic Essays of William Diver. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Reid, Wallis. 2011. 'The Communicative Function of English Verb Number.' Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 29: 1087-1146.

Reid, Wallis. 1991. Verb and Noun Number in English: A Functional Explanation. London: Longman.

Reid, Wallis, Ricardo Otheguy, and Nancy Stern (eds.). 2002. Signal, Meaning, and Message: Perspectives on Sign-Based Linguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Tobin, Yishai. 1997. Phonology as Human Behavior: Theoretical Implications and Clinical Applications. Durham: Duke U Press.

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