LINGUIST List 27.1942

Thu Apr 28 2016

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

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Date: 27-Apr-2016
From: Miriam Bouzouita <>
Subject: Languages as Mechanisms for Interaction: Explorations and Repercussions
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Languages as Mechanisms for Interaction: Explorations and Repercussions
Short Title: Interaction2016

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

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

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.


Conference venue:
- Blandijn Campus: Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent:
- Room 120.083 (2nd floor:

Registration for the Workshop is free, but obligatory. To register, email the local organizer before the 3rd of June 2016:

Friday 24 June 2016



Keynote speaker: Hannes Rieser
‘A Process Algebra Account of Speech-Gesture Interaction’

10:45-11:15: Coffee

Evie Malaia, Joshua Borneman and Ronnie Wilbur
‘Information-Carrying Capacity of Sign Language Measured by Fractal Complexity of Motion’

Elizabeth Manrique
‘Managing Problems of Understanding in Everyday Face-to-Face Interaction: Evidence from Argentine Sign Language (LSA)’

12:35-14:00: Lunch

Christine Howes, Mary Lavelle, Pat Healey, Ellen Breitholtz, Julian Hough and Rose McCabe
‘Gesture, Self-Repair and Reasoning in Schizophrenia’

14:40-15:20: Simon Dobnik
‘Towards a Computational Model of Spatial Perspective Taking’

David Schlangen
‘There’s more than one way to be wrong: Outlines of a Model of Justification and Clarification of Situated Reference’

16:00-16:30: Coffee

Robin Cooper
‘Paderewski and Dialogue Interaction’

Stephen Jones
‘An Incremental Approach to the Syntax-Prosody Interface in Korean’

17:50-18:30: Sam Duffy and Patrick Healey
‘Transitions in Musical Interaction’

19:00-…: Workshop dinner at Coeur d’Artichaut

Satuday 25 June 2016

Eleni Gregoromichelaki and Ruth Kempson
‘Language as Process and Practice: Developing a Grammar for Interaction’

10:10-10:50: Hannah Gibson
‘A Dynamic Approach to the Grammaticalisation of Bantu Auxiliary Constructions: Context and Change’

10:50-11:20: Coffee

Ethan Sherr-Ziarko and Jieun Kiaer
‘Prosody-Sensitive Locality in Efficient Structure Building: The Case Study of Interveners in English Phrasal Verbs’

12:00-14:00: Lunch

Ronnie Cann
‘Indexicality and Binding’

Stergios Chatzikyriakidis
‘Languages as Mechanisms of Interaction: The Case of Weak Object Pronouns’

15:20-15:50: Coffee

Workshop discussion

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