LINGUIST List 25.1410

Mon Mar 24 2014

Confs: Syntax, Semantics, Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholing/France

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Date: 24-Mar-2014
From: Dominique Legallois <>
Subject: 28th CerLiCO International Conference
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28th CerLiCO International Conference
Short Title: Cerlico

Date: 13-Jun-2014 - 14-Jun-2014
Location: Caen, France
Contact: Valérie Amary
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

28th CerLiCO International Conference
Caen, France
13-14 June 2014
Linearity and Interpretation: 1 - Interpreting the Perception of Linearity

The issue of the linear ordering of linguistic forms is both a long-standing and far-reaching one, spreading across the fields of linguistics. Saussure was the drive behind our representation of language as being linear. However, recent psycholinguistic research (Sauzet and al. 1999) challenges this perception of linearity.

Our linear perception of written or spoken units appears to be misdirected, in so far as it is at odds with both our senses and the laws of physics. In fact, recent research shows that sounds are not a string of consecutive units but instead that they overlap (Liberman 1996). As far as the written page is concerned, it has been proven that our eyes do not process one letter after the next. Although our linear perception is undeniable, the surface arrangement of linguistic units is a topic that requires further insight.

The Conference, which will be held in Caen (Normandie University, UNICAEN), aims to address the new data and to expand on some of the following issues:

1) What is meant by the linear ordering of constituents? Are there various ways of viewing the surface order of oral or written items?
2) Is our interpretation linear? Is our perception of forms linear or non-linear? How can we connect perception, whether linear or not, with interpretation? In other words, what kind of relation can be established between interpretative processes and word order? Do we need discrete units and categorization to be able to interpret data?
3) What impact does the perception of linear ordering have on grammatical analysis, and notably in didactics? The parsing of units produced by grammatical analysis such as IC-analysis is not linear. Therefore, it goes against the principle of sequencing. Is discreteness synonymous with interpretation or does it only represent a stage of the interpreting process?
4) What relation can be established between linearity and interpretation in terms of language typology? Can diachrony shed new light on the issue, notably relating to the phenomenon of grammaticalization?

All theoretical frames are welcome, provided they are specified.


Friday June 13


Opening address: Pierre SINEUX, Vice-chancellor of the University of Caen

Chair: Emmanuelle ROUSSEL (CRISCO – University of Caen)

Lise HAMELIN (LDI - Cergy-Pontoise) & Pauline SERPAULT (CRISCO – Caen)
Position et valeur de l’adverbe en anglais : l'exemple de yet

Danh Thành DO-HURINVILLE (SeDyl - INALCO) & Huy Linh DAO (LACITO – Sorbonne Nouvelle)
L’ordre des constituants dans le syntagme nominal vietnamien : Cái entre classificateur et focalisateur

Coffee break

Keynote talk : Edy VENEZIANO (MoDyCo - Paris Descartes)
Théorie de l'esprit et compétences pragmatiques chez l'enfant : Quelle place pour la linéarité dans leur développement ?

Lunch break

Chair: Pierre LARRIVEE (CRISCO – University of Caen)

Katja PLOOG (LLC- Elliadd - Besançon)
La grammaire émergente dans le discours en temps réel. Enjeux syntaxiques et sémantiques

Cécile YOUFSI (SeSyLIA – Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Linéarité et compositionalité au sein des constructions prépositionnelles GN1 + PREP + GN2 en anglais contemporain

15h10- 15h50
Gabriela-Violeta ATHEA (Professional linguist)
Regard sur la lecture des documents numériques

Coffee break

Chair: Catherine COLLIN (LLING – University of Nantes)

Augustin NDIONE (L.L.L. - Tours)
De la linéarité dans les formes rédupliquées

17h00- 17h40
Yann PORTUGUES (L.L.L. - Orléans) & François NEMO (L.L.L. - Orléans)
Non-linéarité syntaxique et caractère fractal de l’interprétation, approche en termes de contraintes contributionnelles

18h00 AGM

Conference dinner

Saturday June 14

Chair: Gilles COL (FoReLL – University of Poitiers)

Sylvie HANCIL (ERIAC – Rouen)
Perceiving and interpreting sentence-final adverbials: an iconic view

Nathalie HERVE (Centre d’Etudes Métriques – Nantes)
Perception(s) de la linéarité dans les textes poétiques.

Coffee break

Salam DIAB DURANTON (SLE – Vincennes – Saint-Denis)
Linéarité et interprétation dans le lexique de l’arabe

Lunch break

Chair: Valérie AMARY-COUDREAU (CRISCO – University of Caen)

Keynote talk: Ivanka STOÏANOVA (MUSESCREA - Paris 8)
De la linéarité en musique : Ecriture et interprétation

Mathilde PINSON (SeSyLIA – Sorbonne nouvelle)
Linéarité et interprétation de like

Jan PEKELDER (CeLiSo – Paris-Sorbonne)
Le Principe d'Inhérence revisité. Linéarisation des compléments d'objet direct et de direction en néerlandais contemporain.

Closing address: Frédéric LAMBERT, President of the CerLiCO

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Or visit our websites at:


(click on « se rendre à l’université » at the bottom of the page, then on « Caen », then on « Campus 1 » and « Accès aux campus »)

For registration:


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