LINGUIST List 25.5046

Thu Dec 11 2014

Calls: Philosophy of Lang, General Ling, Ling Theories, Discipline of Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 11-Dec-2014
From: Martin Neef <>
Subject: Foundations of Linguistics: Languages as Abstract Objects
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Full Title: Foundations of Linguistics: Languages as Abstract Objects

Date: 26-Jun-2015 - 27-Jun-2015
Location: Braunschweig, Germany
Contact Person: Martin Neef
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language

Call Deadline: 12-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

The workshop aims at bringing together linguists and philosophers to discuss a conception of linguistics that conceptualizes languages as abstract objects. Adopting this framework provides two advantages: It allows linguists (1) to separate the study of language from the study of linguistic knowledge and (2) to overcome the limitations of nominalism and conceptualism.

Confirmed Speakers:

Andras Kornai, Budapest Institute of Technology and Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Terrence Langendoen, University of Arizona and National Science Foundation
Robert Levine, Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University
Hans-Heinrich Lieb, FB Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
David Pitt, Department of Philosophy, California State University
Geoffrey Pullum, School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Scott Soames, Director of the School of Philosophy, University of Southern California

Call for Papers:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to January 12, 2015.

We invite contributions from linguists and philosophers addressing problems such as the abstractness of grammatical structure, the nature of linguistic objects, the status of linguistically necessary truths, and the status of linguistic universals, among others.

Abstracts of 250-300 words, prepared for blind review, should be submitted by January 12, 2015 (extended deadline) to (linguistics) or (philosophy). Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2015.

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