LINGUIST List 28.867

Tue Feb 14 2017

Calls: Discipline of Ling, Gen Ling, Neuroling, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing/Germany

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Date: 13-Feb-2017
From: Alexander Haselow <>
Subject: One Brain – Two Grammars? Examining Dualistic Approaches to Grammar and Cognition
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Full Title: One Brain – Two Grammars? Examining Dualistic Approaches to Grammar and Cognition

Date: 01-Mar-2018 - 03-Mar-2018
Location: Rostock, Germany
Contact Person: Alexander Haselow
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Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jul-2017

Meeting Description:

The international workshop ''One Brain - Two Grammars?'' will take place on 1-3 March 2018 in Rostock, Germany. It will be organized by Alexander Haselow and Gunther Kaltenböck.

Venue: University of Rostock, Main Building

General Topic

Most grammatical models assume that linguistic structure represents a fairly monolithic system of mental and linguistic activity. Some lines of recent research, however, suggest that human cognitive activity in general and linguistic cognition in particular cannot reasonably be reduced to a single, monolithic system of mental processing but have, in fact, a dualistic organization. Such dualism has been proposed by a number of authors using a variety of different approaches and following different directions of research. It surfaces in particular in psychological work on brain activity (Kahneman 2012), in psycholinguistic research on text comprehension (Kintsch 1988; Gernsbacher 1990; Graesser et al. 1994; Greene et al. 1992; McKoon and Ratcliff 1990, 1992, 1998; Prat et al. 2007), in neurolinguistic research on linguistic processing (Bahlmann, Gunter & Friederici 2006; Van Lancker Sidtis 2009), in linguistic work on performance (Clark 1996; Clark & Fox Tree 2002), on syntax (Kac 1972), on speech act formulas (Pawley 2009), on discourse organization (Kaltenböck et al. 2011; Heine et al. 2013), on the analysis of conversations (Haselow 2013, 2016), and on bilingualism (Maschler 1994; Heine 2016). The dualism is reflected in distinctions such as novel speech and formulaic speech, linear-hierarchical and linear (flat) structure, sentence grammar and thetical grammar, microgrammar and macrogrammar, clausal constituents and extra-clausal constituents, or propositional representation and discourse representation.

However, the hypothesized dualism is not beyond criticism: researchers from the ''monolithic camp'' argue that linguistic activity cannot be broken down into separate domains, given that it ultimately serves a single goal, that of communication, and that, overal, all neural activities related to language processing and communication are equally networked.

This workshop is devoted to a discussion of the Dualism Hypothesis, based on findings from a wide range of research fields and methodological approaches. As the question mark in the title of the workshop indicates, the debate is intended to be unbiased and thus open to evidence for and against the hypothesis.

Invited Speakers:

Elizabeth Closs Traugott (Stanford University)
Bernd Heine (University of Cologne)
Diana Van Lancker Sidtis (New York University)

Call for Papers:

This workshop is devoted to a discussion of the Dualism Hypothesis, based on research findings from a wide range of fields and methodological approaches.

We invite papers dealing with dualistic approaches to language, linguistic description and cognition from a broad range of fields: linguistics (e.g. grammatical analysis and modeling, pragmatics, conversation analysis), neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and (cognitive) psychology. While trying to keep a broad perspective, we particularly invite contributions within a cognitive-functional framework, qualitative and quantitative analyses of natural language data, and experimental research on the (neuro-)cognition of language and language processing. The focus is on English, but contributions focusing on other languages are very welcome.

More specific topics to be addressed may include the following:

- Grammatical approaches dealing with the (alleged) dualisms sentence structure - discourse structure, clausal constituents - extra-clausal constituents
- Correlations between linguistic structure and neural processing (e.g. brain lateralization), e.g. the processing of ''flat'' vs. ''hierarchical/embedded'' structures
- Approaches accounting for the dualism of compositional speech vs. formulaic speech or propositional speech vs. non-propositional speech
- Experimental research on monolithic or dualistic linguistic processing (e.g. sentence processing, discourse processing)
- Different suggestions for modelling a dualistic view of language structure in linguistics

Presentation Format:

20 minute papers + 10 minutes for discussion

Submission of abstracts

Abstracts should be written in English, not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references), and clearly state research question(s), approach, method, data and (expected) results.

Please submit your (non-anonymous) abstract as a .doc or .docx file to:

Submission of abstracts closes on 30 July 2017.

Notification of acceptance by 15 September 2017.

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