LINGUIST List 27.1039

Mon Feb 29 2016

Calls: Cog Sci, Computational Ling, General Ling, Ling Theories, Philosophy of Lang/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 28-Feb-2016
From: Miriam Bouzouita <>
Subject: Conference/Journal Title: Languages as Mechanisms for Interaction: Explorations and Repercussions
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Full Title: Languages as Mechanisms for Interaction: Explorations and Repercussions
Short Title: Interaction2016

Date: 24-Jun-2016 - 25-Jun-2016
Location: Ghent (Ghent University), Belgium
Contact Person: Miriam Bouzouita
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language

Call Deadline: 06-Mar-2016

Meeting Description:

The ''Languages as Mechanisms for Interaction: Explorations and Repercussions'' Workshop will be held at Ghent University (Belgium) on 24-25 of June 2016, and is organized by the DiaLing research group of the Department of Linguistics.

It is uncontentious that language lies at the core of human interaction. However, the broad significance of this observation is only beginning to receive due recognition. In the past, the emphasis has been on the precise identification of what an individual speaker's capacity for language amounts to in terms of a grammar, and/or individual cognitive processes. These approaches usually posit a grammar or cognitive architecture with independent modules whose elements are assigned discrete, identifiable meanings, all attributes being defined independently of other cognitive sub-systems. However, the horizon is shifting in a number of ways. Some see grammar as interfacing with a rich inferential system even though the two systems remain independent (e.g. Asher & Lascarides 2003; Carston 2002; Clark 1996; Sperber & Wilson 1986). Others focus on the need for grammars of dialogue (e.g. Ginzburg 2012). Yet others consider language a system of procedures for licensing communicative interaction (e.g. Gregoromichelaki et al. 2011). However, what most of these approaches have in common is a belief in the interdependence of the grammar system and processes of general cognition.

Cited references
Asher, N. & A. Lascarides (2003) Logics of Conversation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Carston, R (2002) Thoughts and Utterances: The Pragmatics of Explicit Communication. Oxford: Blackwell.
Clark, H. (1996) Using Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sperber, D. & D. Wilson (1986) Relevance: Communication and Cognition. Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University Press.
Ginzburg, J. (2012) The Interactive Stance: Meaning for Conversation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gregoromichelaki, E., R. Kempson, M. Purver, G.J. Mills, R. Cann, W. Meyer-Viol & P.G.T. Healey (2011) 'Incrementality and Intention-Recognition in Utterance Processing.' Dialogue and Discourse 2: 199-233.

Final Call for Papers:

Call deadline extended till the 6 March, 2016

This shift in perspective has given rise to an array of new developments: cross-linguistic studies developing new synchronic and diachronic accounts of linguistic phenomena reflecting dialogue dynamics; computational models of ongoing dialogue dynamics, and formal grammar learning; cross-disciplinary investigations of foundational issues such as the concepts of individuation and identity that reflect language plasticity; articulation of formal and cognitive constraints on what are possible language processes, the interaction of these with constraints determining effective cross-modular processing in real time, the inter-relation between mechanisms internal to language and other cognitive systems such as for gesture and music, and perception. This workshop seeks to bring together those working within these cross-disciplinary approaches to interaction. A subsequent volume to bolster this developing research area is also planned. We invite abstract submissions for 30-minute oral presentations, to be followed by 10-minute discussions.

Abstracts relating to the following topics are welcome:

- models of conversational dialogue purporting to model speaker and hearer interaction in jointly developing structures in context
- accounts of how these interactions allow for clarifications, corrections or negotiations through which such development takes place
- accounts of language acquisition in which such interactions are assigned central status
- accounts of how such interactive adaptations consolidate via ongoing use to yield language variation and change
- accounts of how incremental language processing interfaces with other modalities such as gesture

Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than one page, including references and examples, in 12-point Times New Roman, with margins of at least 2.5 cm. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. The deadline for submission has been extended to the 6 March 2016. Abstracts are to be submitted in pdf-format via the EasyChair system at

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