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Mon Feb 24 2014

FYI: Call for Book Chapters: Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology

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Date: 24-Feb-2014
From: Choonkyu Lee <>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology
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Call for Submission: Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology

Collected essays in a new Springer series ''Language, Cognition, and Mind'', edited by James Hampton (City University London) and Yoad Winter (Utrecht University).

One of the hardest problems in cognitive psychology and experimental semantics is to explain the way meanings of complex expressions are derived from simple lexical concepts and connected to concept representations. While concepts corresponding to simple words can be represented as feature lists or schematic prototypes (Rosch & Mervis 1975, Hampton 2006), the ways in which such representations may be derived for composite expressions is highly puzzling, both in terms of experimental measures and in terms of formal analysis (Hampton & Jönsson 2012, Kamp & Partee 1995). Since the introduction of this problem by Osherson & Smith (1981), much experimental and theoretical work has been done by cognitive psychologists on the derivation of concept representations. However, in many ways this work has been carried out independently of related on-going work on meaning and use of logical operators (Crain/Khlentzos 2008) and compositionality (Bemis & Pylkkänen 2011). As a result, the interactions between concept combination, meaning and use of logical concepts, and compositionality principles have remained by and large underexplored.

We call for researchers in this interdisciplinary domain to submit their work to a new volume, Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology, which will appear in a new Springer series ''Language, Cognition, and Mind''. The volume is edited by James Hampton (City University London) and Yoad Winter (Utrecht University).

The book will bring together for the first time work done on this topic by researchers in experimental semantics and psychology. The articles in the volume tackle different problems of concept composition. Taken together, they will aim to describe the state of the art in this interdisciplinary domain. An introductory chapter will cover basic aspects of the problems treated in the book, and the significance of the different contributions.

Submission details:
We welcome abstracts containing no more than 2 pages, on new experimental findings or formal theoretical developments in the area of concept composition. Please submit your abstract as a PDF file via EasyChair (website below). At the end of your abstract please add a short academic CV.

The essays in the volume will include a selection of the work presented in a workshop that took place at Utrecht University in September 2013. For the workshop site, see:
Authors are encouraged to make their submissions of relevance to the topics addressed there.

Authors whose abstracts are selected will be invited to submit their work to the volume. All full submissions will undergo further peer review before final acceptance.

Important dates:
Abstract submission: April 1, 2014
Notification about acceptance of proposal: May 1, 2014
For accepted proposals, submission of paper: December 1, 2014

Selected References
Bemis, D. K. and L. Pylkkänen. 2011. Simple Composition: An MEG investigation into the comprehension of minimal linguistic phrases. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(8): 2801-2814.
Crain, S. 2008. The interpretation of disjunction in universal grammar. Language and Speech 51, 151-169.
Crain, S. and D. Khlentzos. 2008. Is logic Innate? Biolinguistics 2(1), 24-56.
Hampton, J. and M. L. Jönsson. 2012. Typicality and compositionality: The logic of combining vague concepts. In M. Werning, W. Hintzen and E. Machery (Eds.), pp. 385-402. Oxford Handbook of Compositionality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hampton, J. 2006. Concepts as Prototypes, in B.H.Ross (ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation: Advances in Research and Theory, Vol. 46. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 79-113.
Kamp, H. and B. Partee. 1995. Prototype Theory and Compositionality. Cognition 57:129-191.
Osherson, D. and E. Smith. 1981. On the adequacy of prototype theory as a theory of concepts. Cognition 9:35-58.
Rosch, E. R. and C. B. Mervis. 1975. Family resemblances: studies in the internal structure of categories. Cognitive Psychology 7: 573-605.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

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