LINGUIST List 27.3087

Wed Jul 27 2016

Confs: Pragmatics, Socioling, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Germany

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Date: 27-Jul-2016
From: Annette Gerstenberg <>
Subject: Encounters in Language and Aging Research
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Encounters in Language and Aging Research
Short Title: CLARe 3

Date: 06-Mar-2017 - 08-Mar-2017
Location: Berlin, Freie Universitaet, Germany
Contact: Annette Gerstenberg
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The conference is dedicated to discussing major issues in language and aging research. The focus is on projects and research questions taking their point of departure in empirical approaches and the use of innovative methods to gather and analyze authentic material and samples of language data from older adults. Also, the subject of language in later life is deeply embedded in interdisciplinary contexts. It is thus mandatory that linguists with various specializations in pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and corpus linguistics, as well as psycholinguists, psychologists, and experts in the field of nursery and healthcare, work together.

After two previous events at the University of Louvain, this is the first academic event of the CLARe network in Berlin, which aims to promote the institutionalization of exchange between the participating disciplines and countries.


1. Pragmatic spaces: Verbal and nonverbal communication in later life can be accompanied by adaptive strategies and language changes in the use of pragmatically relevant linguistic signs (Davis 2014). Older people can also use the interactional space differently, depending on the context and their interlocutors.

2. Longitudinal studies: This thematic session aims to establish a sociolinguistic view on language use in later life with regard to variables that may indicate real-time language change or a change in the linguistic behavior of aging people in terms of age-grading (Labov 1994). The exploration of corpus data can give insight into the process of lifelong learning (Ramscar, Hendrix, and Baayen 2013).

3. Multiple identities and multilingualism in later life: Along with research on language acquisition, multilingualism is an innovative topic in the field of aging (Seebus 2008). Furthermore, the role of multiple identities and their construction across the lifespan has been a core of interest in the field of dementia in aging.



Harald Baayen (Universität Tübingen / University of Alberta, Edmonton), Susanne Gahl (University of California, Berkeley): ''Twenty-eight years of vowels: An investigation of changes in vowel formants and vowel duration in the Up corpus''
Heidi Hamilton (Georgetown University): ''Language, dementia and meaning-making in art galleries and homes: Objects of joint attention as resources for transforming knowledge, building topics and lifting spirits''
Deborah Keller-Cohen (University of Michigan): ''Pragmatic Spaces and social relations in aging''
Yoshiko Matsumoto (Stanford University): ''Being ordinary: A powerful narrative strategy when feeling vulnerable''
Heather Harris Wright (East Carolina University): ''Discourse Changes with Age: Considering microlinguistic and macrolinguistic processes''

Talks / Presentations:

Peter Backhaus: ''Communication in institutional eldercare: A Japanese perspective'' (WASEDA University)
Marion Blondel (SFL, CNRS-Paris8), Dominique Boutet (Université Evry / LIAS), Sarra El Ayari (SFL, CNRS-Paris8), Coralie Vincent (SFL, CNRS-Paris8): ''LSF interactions in older signers: wich insights from motion capture?''
Catherine T. Bolly: ''Multimodal stance in later life'' (Universität zu Köln / UCLouvain)
David Bowie (University of Anchorage, Alaska): ''The role of the individual in the development of the Western Vowel System in Utah''
Buchstaller Isabel (Universität Leipzig): ''The effect of the socio-economic trajectory on longitudinal life-span change''
Céline De Looze (Trinity College Dublin): ''Speech markers as an objective evaluation of cognitive impairment and related psychosocial outcomes in populations with Mild-Cognitive Impairment and mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease''
Valantis Fyndanis (University of Oslo): ''Methods for assessing language abilities in healthy aging and Alzheimer's disease''
Frédérique Gayraud (Université of Lyon 2): ''Problems with assessing cognitive abilities in bilingual patients with Alzheimer's disease''
Annette Gerstenberg (Freie Universität Berlin): ''Normative features in a longitudinal perspective''
Agnieszka Kielkiewicz-Janowiak (University of Poznan): ''Narratives about life across generations: communicating generational intelligence''
Camilla Lindholm (University of Helsinki): ''Eating or interacting? Feeding situations as communication''
Lucia Marconi (CNR): ''Nouns and verbs extracted from an Italian corpus of the elderly''
Anne-Marie Parisot, Julie Rinfret (Université de Québec, Montréal): ''Intergenerational variation in the use of space in Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ): The case of verb agreement marking Université de Québec, Montréal''
Lucie Rousier-Vercruyssen (University of Neuchâtel / University of Paris Nanterre La Défense): ''How when and why old speakers use less specific referential expressions within their narrative flow than young speakers?''
Svenja Sachweh (TalkCare Bochum): ''As good as it (probably) gets - how living in a dementia housing project engenders animation and interactivity''
Johannes Schröder (Universität Heidelberg): ''ILSE Corpus: Experiences from the longitudinal study''
Inneke Schuurman (KU Leuven): ''You're never too old for E-inclusion, are you?''
Maarja Siiner (University of Oslo): ''Dementia and raging talk and talk about dementia and ageing: some examples of use of corpora''
Jan Svennevig (University of Oslo): ''Collaborative word searches in conversations involving bilingual speakers with dementia''

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