LINGUIST List 26.3176

Tue Jul 07 2015

Calls: Computational Ling, Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Ling, Psycholing/Spain

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 06-Jul-2015
From: Laura Eliodoro <>
Subject: 3rd International Conference on Linguistic & Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structure
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Full Title: 3rd International Conference on Linguistic & Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structure
Short Title: LPTS2016

Date: 24-Jan-2016 - 26-Jan-2016
Location: Valencia, Spain
Contact Person: Laura Eliodoro
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Jul-2015

Meeting Description:

Discourse Relational Devices
3rd International Conference on Linguistic & Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structuring (LPTS 2016)
24-26 January 2016, Universitat de València (Spain)

After a first edition in Paris in September 2009 and a second edition at the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) in 2011, a third edition of Linguistic & Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structuring (LPTS 2016) will take place at the University of Valencia (Spain) on January, 24-26, 2016.

The aim of the conference is to analyze how discourse relational devices (DRDs) work in oral and written texts. The term 'discourse relational devices' (DRDs) includes, but is not limited to, discourse markers, and it refers to expressions such as because, but, however, I mean, well, first, second, to take an example or in this line, that help a speaker structure and organise discourse. In spite of their universal character and the crucial role they fulfil in the communicative function of language, their semantic and pragmatic nature is difficult to grasp, as may be witnessed by the hundreds of academic studies on DRDs published in the last twenty years on many different languages. An additional is psycholinguistic in nature, and often takes an experimental approach. This program studies human cognition by investigating the mechanisms underlying discourse coherence, including the (first language) acquisition and (on-line) processing of DRDs and the coherence relations they signal.

Keynote Speakers:

- Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain) ''Discourse Relational Devices in TextLink: From (categorial) description to corpus annotation, and back again''
- Kerstin Fischer (University of Southern Denmark) ''Discourse markers: definitions and boundaries''
- Völker Gast ((University of Jena) '''Doing corpus-based typology: Concessivity in a cross-linguistic perspective'''
- Óscar Loureda (University of Heidelberg) ''Discourse markers and Experimental Linguistics''


- Early-Bird Fee: 90 EUR
- Full Conference Fee: 130 EUR
- Students attending the Training School “Methods and Tools for the analysis of discourse relational devices” will have a special fee of 50 €.

2nd Call for Papers:

Conference Themes:

We particularly encourage papers that address new research on discourse markers and other related linking devices in one of the following research areas:

- Functional Classifications
- Formal Classifications
- Relevant Features in DRDs Description and Classification
- Cross-Linguistic Variation and Typological Studies
- Translation Studies on DRDs
- DRDs Annotation and Tools
- Psycholinguistic Approaches to DRDs
- Experimental Research on DRDs
- Acquisition of DRDs

Proposal Types:

There will be three different types of presentation:
- Full paper (20 minutes + 8 minutes for discussion)
- Research in progress (10 minutes + 8 minutes for discussion), intended to present research still at a preliminary stage and on which researchers would like to get feedback.*
- Poster

*Young researchers are specially invited to submit a proposal. Research in progress will be discussed in a special session.

Important Dates:

- Submission Deadline: 20 July 2015
- Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 30 September 2015
- Early-Bird Registration Deadline: 15 October 2015
- Conference: 24-26 January 2016


Abstract should be anonymous and between 300 and 500 words (excluding references) and must specify how the paper will contribute to the theme of the conference. It should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Make sure you include the type of contribution (full paper, research in progress, poster).

Abstracts should be submitted via Easychair (, by 20 July 2015.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by 30 September 2015.

Conference Website:

Page Updated: 07-Jul-2015