LINGUIST List 30.1248

Mon Mar 18 2019

Calls: General Linguistics / LIDIL (Jrnl)

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Date: 16-Mar-2019
From: Katja Ploog <>
Subject: General Linguistics / LIDIL (Jrnl)
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Full Title: LIDIL

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2019

Call for papers LIDIL n°62

Could the origins of syntax be interactional?

The origin of language and the structuring of the world's languages has fascinated scientists and philosophers since time immemorial. Long banned from language ''sciences'' because of its speculative nature, the question is probably constitutive of man and his reflexive capacity, itself linked to language. Against the backdrop of an increasing number of studies in ethology, anthropology and cognitive sciences, it has become a subject of debate in linguistics today.

Issue 62 of LIDIL aims to thematize the interactive factors at work in the formation of syntactic structures, by offering a historical review of the literature based on the results of contemporary linguistic studies. Starting from the hypothesis that human nature is social (Tomasello 2008), the goal is to work out to what extent interaction is the link between the order of language and the syntax of human languages, since all processes of language and language development occur in interaction.

The contributions will develop the relevance of interactional structure - its emerging, co-constructed and sequential nature - for the processes of syntactic structuring.
We encourage the submission of studies with a significant empirical component, which address syntactic interfaces related to discursive instantiation (including pragmatics, discursive semantics, prosody) or which involve memory and discourse production, such as the tension between phonetic (i. e. linear articulation) and psychological (i. e. multidimensional / non-segmental conceptualization) constraints, multimodality with respect to embodiment theory, etc. The observations can be put into perspective within the framework of contemporary or more long standing linguistic theories.

Proposals should be approximately 3 pages long (5000 characters maximum) not including bibliography. Authors are requested to write their proposal in such a way as to clearly outline the theoretical background of the study, the data used, the methodology of analysis, and the results obtained or expected; the proposal should also include a significant bibliography of works.

Published articles should not exceed 40,000 characters (including spaces and notes) and should be accompanied by an abstract in English and French as well as a list of keywords. The default language of publication for LIDIL is French, but articles written in English or in a language other than French are accepted.

As it is now published online, the journal can host active links to external content and multimedia data. For the proposal, the files must be sent separately with indication in the text of the location of the video link.

All contributions will be subject to a double anonymous peer review. Recommendations to authors and information on the style sheet are available on the website

For the detailed call please contact the editors :

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2019.
Notification of acceptance (subject to further positive assessment of the full contribution): 30 June 2019.

Deadline for submission of full contributions: 30 November 2019.
Final notification of acceptance: May 31, 2020.
Publication: December 2020
Submissions to :

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