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LINGUIST List 22.3115

Thu Aug 04 2011

Calls: Ling Theories, Syntax, Psycholing, Language Acquisition/Germany

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        1.     Jana Häussler , Grammar between Gradience and Frequency

Message 1: Grammar between Gradience and Frequency
Date: 04-Aug-2011
From: Jana Häussler <jana.haeussleruni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Grammar between Gradience and Frequency
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Full Title: Grammar between Gradience and Frequency
Short Title: DGfS-2012, AG 8

Date: 07-Mar-2012 - 09-Mar-2012
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Contact Person: Jana Häussler
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

The workshop is organized as part of the 34th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, March 7- 9, 2012.

Organizers: Jana Häussler (University of Potsdam) and Markus Bader (University of Konstanz)

The last two decades witnessed an enormous progress in linguistic methodology. Two sources fed this development: the growing body of electronic corpora of authentic language use and the establishment of experimental methods for the assessment of grammaticality/acceptability judgments.

The workshop will discuss the consequences of these advancements for our understanding of linguistic knowledge. The traditional – though never uncontroversial – dichotomy between linguistic knowledge (competence) on the one hand and mental processes making use of this knowledge (performance) on the other hand may serve as a starting point. There are several conflicting positions with regard to this dichotomy, up to its complete abandonment in favor of a purely usage-based notion of language. However, even when the competence-performance distinction is maintained in its original form, new perspectives and questions arise. For instance, is it possible to reduce the syntactic component of the grammar to a small number of elementary operations by giving more weight to language processing mechanisms?

The workshop's aim is to bring together researchers working at the intersection of grammatical theory, psycholinguistics, language acquisition and corpus linguistics. We are hoping for contributions which are formal in nature (e.g., grammar formalisms) as well as contributions presenting new empirical evidence (e.g., experiments and corpus studies).

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers in English (plus 10 minutes for discussion) addressing one or more of the following issues:

- Is frequency information part of the mental grammar and grammar thus probabilistic, or are frequency distributions of linguistic structures an epiphenomenon which results from the interplay of a discrete grammar, processing mechanisms and further factors?
- Is gradience as observed in grammaticality judgments a property of the grammar itself or a consequence of the application of a categorial grammar in language use?
- To what extent does gradience reflect frequency?
- Can we combine the notion of parametrization as a core concept for modeling language acquisition and language variation with concepts of distributional learning?


Abstracts should be no longer than 2 pages (Times New Roman 12 point font), including all additional material such as examples, figures and references.


Abstracts must be submitted electronically as PDF and sent by e-mail to jana.haeussleruni-potsdam.de. The subject line of the e-mail should refer to the workshop: 'DGfS 2012 AG-8'. Please state in the body of your email message the names of the author(s), their affiliation, and the title of the paper.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: August 15, 2011 (extended)
Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2011
DGfS 2012 Conference: March 7-9, 2012

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