LINGUIST List 30.2600

Mon Jul 01 2019

Confs: Applied Ling, Cog Sci, Ling Theories, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 01-Jul-2019
From: Jana Gamper <>
Subject: Syntactic Representations in the Multilingual Mind: Methodological Approaches (Workshop DGfS 2020)
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Syntactic Representations in the Multilingual Mind: Methodological Approaches (Workshop DGfS 2020)

Date: 04-Mar-2020 - 06-Mar-2020
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact: Jana Gamper
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Within the framework of usage-based cognitive approaches, representations of language are seen as the result of internal and external speaker variables like age, educational background and, in particular, language input. The interdependencies between factors like these determine how lan-guage in general, and syntactic constructions in particular, emerge and are stored in the multilin-gual mind.

Methodologically, there are different ways to reconstruct the development and interaction of syn-tactic constructions in multilingual speakers. While psycholinguistic methods attempt to assess the representation of syntax based on processing principles (e.g., Ellis et al. 2016), corpus-driven anal-yses often focus on the corpus-to-cognition-principle (cf. Schmid 2010). A combination of both methodologies is less common. Despite this variety of methodological approaches, little is known about 1) how specific methods shape our understanding of syntactic representations within the multilingual mind, and 2) how this understanding can contribute to validating theoretical usage-based assumptions. The latter question is particularly challenging since the methodologies men-tioned are also employed to support opposing theories.

The aim of the workshop is to disclose the possibilities and limitations of different methodological approaches, thus contributing to the further development of key theoretical assumptions within the framework of usage-based models. We invite contributions approaching the question of syn-tactic representation within multilingual speakers from an experimental perspective as well as corpus-based work and studies linking the two methodologies. Our aim is to improve the under-standing of how theoretical assumptions about multilingualism and different methodologies are mutually dependent.

Call for Papers:

Abstract submission: Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words and must be anonymous. Please submit your abstract through EasyAbs ( by 15 August 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent to you by 1 September 2019.

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