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LINGUIST List 19.2627

Wed Aug 27 2008

Calls: Psycholing,Semantics/USA; Computational Ling/Italy

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Dirk Geeraerts, ICLC11 Theme session 'Meeting Again'
        2.    Verena Lyding, Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics II

Message 1: ICLC11 Theme session 'Meeting Again'
Date: 27-Aug-2008
From: Dirk Geeraerts <dirk.geeraertsarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: ICLC11 Theme session 'Meeting Again'
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Full Title: ICLC11 Theme session 'Meeting Again'

Date: 28-Jul-2009 - 03-Aug-2009
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Contact Person: Dirk Geeraerts
Meeting Email: dirk.geeraertsarts.kuleuven.be
Web Site: http://

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

Meeting Again: Categorization in Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology

Call for a Theme Session to be held at ICLC11, Berkeley, CA (July 28-August 3,

Call for Papers

Dirk Geeraerts (Dept of Linguistics, University of Leuven),
Kris Heylen (Dept of Linguistics, University of Leuven),
Simon De Deyne (Dept of Psychology, University of Leuven)


With this theme session, we attempt to foster the interdisciplinary debate
between categorization reseachers in Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive
Psychology. We invite studies of natural language categories, both from a
cognitive linguistic and a cognitive psychological perspective.

We are interested in research:
- that studies categorization phenomena (prototype effects, basic levels, radial
and schematic network structures)
- on the empirical meeting ground between linguistics and psychology, i.e. on
the basis of quantifiable corpus-based and/or experimental data.


Categorization is a central research topic both in Cognitive Linguistics and
Cognitive Psychology. In fact, specific lines of research within the two
research traditions developed from a common historical origin 30 years ago when
Rosch and her associates introduced the notion of prototypicality into
categorization research (Rosch & Mervis 1975, Mervis & Rosch 1981, Smith & Medin
1981). Since then however, cognitive linguists and psychologists have largely
gone separate ways in the study of natural language categorization (e.g. compare
Taylor 2003, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk 2007 with Storms, De Boek & Ruts 2000,
Murphy 2004).

First, there is a difference in scope. While categorization research in
Cognitive Psychology basically stays with monosemic concepts, Cognitive
Linguists have greatly extended the scope of the original prototype-based
models: by including polysemous categories and the corresponding mechanisms for
meaning extension like metaphor and metonymy, and by covering morpho-syntactic
and even phonological categories.

Second, the representational mechanisms used in both disciplines are different.
Cognitive Psychology essentially contrasts exemplar models and schematic models,
and it does so with systematic attention for precise mathematical formulations.
By contrast, linguistic research developed a number of rather more informal
representational models for natural language categories in the broadest sense:
overlapping sets models, radial and schematic networks.

Third, in line with their different backgrounds, the dominant methods of both
disciplines are different. Cognitive Psychology predominantly uses an
experimental paradigm, while Cognitive Linguistics focuses on actual language
use, of the type that takes the form of corpus data (or more traditionally, that
may be approximated through introspective analysis).

Thirty years after Rosch, this workshop aims to be a meeting ground for the
linguistic and psychological traditions in categorization research. With the
progress that both traditions have made in their respective disciplines, they
cannot only inform each other, there are also quite a number of areas where they
have a large potential for convergence. Let us name just a few:

- Although the tight relation between concrete usage events and abstract
category formation is a central tenet of Cognitive Linguistics, the
schematization processes involved are still not well understood. The advanced
statistical models developed in Cognitive Psychology could provide a better
insight into these processes.

- Cognitive psychology, on the other hand, may have overstressed the dichotomy
between schematic and exemplar models of categorization. The schematic networks
developed in Cognitive Linguistics that allow different levels of schematization
might help explain why categories show properties of one model in one context
and properties of a second model in others.

- Both Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology are increasingly relying
on non-elicited language use as collected in corpora to supplement their
traditional data types for the study of natural language categories. Both make
use of advanced computational techniques (like LSA and other collocation-based
models) to do so. At the same time, there is a growing attention in linguistics
for experimental evidence. This methodological convergence also opens up
possibilities for further co-operation.


Please submit your 500-word abstract as .odt, .rtf, or .doc file
by September 12, 2008
to dirk.geeraertsarts.kuleuven.be
in an email with the subject heading ''ICLC 11 theme session''.

Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, B. (2007). Polysemy, Prototypes, and Radial Categories.
In Geeraerts, D. & H. Cuyckens (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive
Linguistics. Oxford: OUP, 139-169.
Mervis, C. B., & Rosch, E. (1981). Categorization of natural objects. Annual
Review of Psychology, 32, 89-115.
Murphy, G. L. (2004). The big book of concepts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Rosch, E., & Mervis, C. B. (1975). Family resemblances: Studies in the internal
structure of categories. Cognitive Psychology, 7, 573-605.
Smith E.E. & D. Medin (1981). Categories and concepts. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Press.
Storms, G., De Boeck, P., & Ruts, W. (2000). Prototype and exemplar based
information in natural language categories. Journal of Memory and Language, 42,
Taylor, J. (2003). Linguistic categorization. Oxford: OUP.
Message 2: Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics II
Date: 26-Aug-2008
From: Verena Lyding <verena.lydingeurac.edu>
Subject: Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics II
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Full Title: Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics II
Short Title: LULCL II

Date: 13-Nov-2008 - 14-Nov-2008
Location: Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Contact Person: Verena Lyding
Meeting Email: communication.multilingualismeurac.edu
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:


Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics (LULCL) II
'Combining efforts to foster computational support of minority languages'

13th - 14th of November 2008
European Academy Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

LULCL II - Call for posters

Following up on the ''Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics (LULCL)''
conference in 2005, the Institute for Specialised Communication and
Multilingualism at the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano is pleased to announce a
second scientific meeting on computational approaches for lesser used, lesser
standardised and lesser resourced languages. LULCL II will take place the 13th
and 14th of November 2008 at the Convention Center of the European Academy
Bozen/Bolzano. The aim of the colloquium is to provide an overview of ongoing
research activities and to strengthen the research community and its practices.

This year's LULCL colloquium puts a special focus on bringing together efforts
from several related research communities, in order to join best practices,
approaches and techniques and to add value to individual initiatives. In
addition to lesser used languages, other types of language, including language
varieties, sign languages, learner language and spoken language pose similar
issues for researchers, having to do with sparse resources, little
standardisation, and challenges with automatic processing and building up of
computational resources.

The colloquium will provide an opportunity to learn what tasks are analogous and
shared among the different research communities, what practices and resources
could be exchanged and generally how the groups could gain from working together
and how they can bring forward lesser used languages.

The research communities of interest for this colloquium are:
- Lesser used / minority languages
- Language varieties
- Sign languages
- Learner languages
- Spoken language

During the two-day event invited researchers of each field will present ongoing
research activities by pointing out challenges inherent to the automatic
processing of a particular lesser resourced / lesser standardised language and
relating it to the broader picture of working with lesser resourced / lesser
standardised languages in general. The emerging dialogue should give particular
consideration to smaller projects and thus help them to disseminate their
objectives and to enter the international research community.

Call for Posters:
In addition to presentations by invited speakers this call for posters is open
to all researchers working with lesser used, lesser resourced and lesser
standardised languages.

Topics of particular interest include:
- Corpora
- Lexicographic resources
- Terminological resources
- Computer assisted language teaching and learning
- Tools and resources for translation
- Language tools
- Multimedia and internet
- Representation and access of non-written language
- Impact of computational approaches to support/strengthen a language
- Transferability of approaches developed for major world languages

Posters may range from theoretical work to descriptions of resources and
applications. We encourage PhD students to submit their research.
The colloquium's language is English. Reviewing is non blind.
Please submit an abstract (including relevant bibliography) of no more than 1000
words to: communication.multilingualismeurac.edu

Important Dates:
September 22nd 2008: Deadline for submitting abstracts
October 20th 2008: Notification of acceptance
November 13th and 14th 2008: Colloquium at the Convention Center of the European
Academy of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Keynote Speakers:
Karin Aijmer, Göteborg University, Sweden
Dafydd Gibbon, Bielefeld University, Germany

Scientific Committee:
Andrea Abel, Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Stefanie Anstein, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Christopher Culy, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Dafydd Gibbon, Bielefeld University, Germany
Christer Laurén, Vaasa University, Finland
Marcello Soffritti, University of Bologna
Chiara Vettori, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Paul Videsott, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Institute for Specialised Communication and Multilingualism,
European Academy Bozen/Bolzano
Viale Druso 1,
39100 Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Organiser: Verena Lyding
Email: communication.multilingualismeurac.edu
Tel: 0471-055127
Fax: 0471-055199

LULCL II is co-financed by the ''Autonome Region Trentino-Südtirol / Regione
Autonoma Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Abteilung III Sprachminderheiten und
Europäische Integration / Ripartizione III - Minoranze linguistiche ed
integrazione europea, Amt für Sprachminderheiten / Ufficio per le minoranze


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