Empirical Methods in Cog Ling: 2nd call and updated faculty list

Monica Gonzalez-Marquez mg246 at cornell.edu
Thu Jan 9 02:02:36 UTC 2003

 ********************  2nd Call ************************

+++++++ Deadline January 31, 2003 +++++++++++


  Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics (EMCL) Workshop

  Cornell University
  Ithaca, New York, USA

  May 2-4, 2003



  Call for Graduate Student Participants
  Application deadline: January 31, 2003
  Notification of acceptance by: March 15, 2003



  Recent years have witnessed a virtual explosion of theory about the
  relationship between language and cognition in work on cognitive
  grammar (Langacker), cognitive semantics (Talmy), conceptual
  integration (Fauconnier & Turner), and conceptual metaphor (Lakoff,
  Sweetser). However, most of the empirical support for these theories
  lies in the linguistic judgments and intuitions of their proponents.
  While this is a powerful form of empirical support, the wide-ranging
  nature of the claims in cognitive linguistics creates a particular need
  for converging evidence from other techniques in cognitive science in
  order to assess both its assumptions and its conclusions about
  cognitive phenomena. The Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics
  Workshop is motivated by the idea that experimental and observational
  work can help substantiate the claims of cognitive linguistics, and to
  further develop an empirically valid account of the connection between
  language and cognition.

  This interdisciplinary workshop is intended to provide a forum where
  people doing experimental and observational research in cognitive
  linguistics can come together to obtain a comprehensive picture of
  progress in this endeavor, and to identify areas for future
  investigation. During the workshop, we will explore the use of various
  experimental and observational methods to address particular issues
  relevant to language and cognition.

  To this end, the goals of the workshop are:

  -to evaluate experimental and empirical support for various claims in
       cognitive linguistics;
  -to address practical and methodological issues such as experimental
       design, data collection and analysis (including audio/video corpora,
       eye-tracking, gesture, fMRI/EEG, image schemas, etc.)
  -to explore how data from natural language corpora can be fruitfully
        incorporated in experimental work;
  -to create a network of researchers with common interests and concerns
        for continued collaboration.

  Workshop format:

  he weekend will kick off with a plenary lecture followed by a question
  and answer session with the audience.Aside from this initiating lecture,
  however, the event will be organized around parallel workshop
  sessions of two types, those led by faculty members and those
  organized around student presentations. All sessions are
  intended to be highly interactive. In the first sort of workshop,
  a faculty member will work with a small group of students to
  solve a problem or set of problems that might arise in her area of
  expertise. For example, in a workshop on the use of metaphor in
  gesture, the group might jointly analyze a videotape of face-to-face
  interaction.  In a workshop on eye-tracking, the group might be asked
  to analyze data collected from a single subject in a particular
  experiment.  In a workshop on behavioral measures, the group might
  begin with a theoretical issue in cognitive linguistics and design an
  experiment to test it.  These workshops will be =91recycled=92 in that each
  faculty member will hold the same workshop twice, so that most
  participants will get a chance to participate in most workshops.  In
  the student-led sessions, graduate students will make 15-minute
  presentations about their work, followed by extensive discussion about
  the theoretical and methodological issues raised by the students=92
  research. The event will end with a roundtable discussion session in
  which participants synthesize the contents of the workshop and talk
  about future directions.

  Graduate Students:

  Participants will be graduate students undertaking
  empirical/experimental work relevant to language and cognition.
  Applicants should be familiar with current ideas in cognitive
  linguistics and be prepared to critically discuss various aspects of
  the theory. Participants will be expected to present their ongoing
  research to the group for constructive feedback. Interested graduate
  students are invited to submit their applications by following the
  instructions given at the workshop website:

  Application deadline: January 31, 2003
  Notification of acceptance by: March 15, 2003

  Accommodation will be provided for all accepted students. In addition,
  it is likely that modest travel grants will be available to students
  traveling long distances.

  Plenary Speaker:
    Leonard Talmy (University at Buffalo, SUNY, Linguistics) website

    Lera Boroditsky , MIT, Brain & Cognitive Sciences
    Seana Coulson, UCSD, Cognitive Science
    Raymond Gibbs, UCSC, Psychology
    Teenie Matlock, Stanford, Psychology
    Wolfgang Settekorn, Universitaet Hamburg, Discourse Analysis (TBC)
    Chris Sinha, University of Portsmouth, Developmental Psychology
    Michael Spivey, Cornell University, Psycholinguistics
    Eve Sweetser, UC Berkeley, Linguistics

 Faculty Participants:
    Ben Bergen, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Claire Cardie, Cornell University
    Morton Christiansen, Cornell University
    Herb Colston, University of Wisconsin Parkside
    Shimon Edelman, Cornell University
    Jeff Hancock, Cornell University
    Rafael Nunez, University of California at San Diego (TBC)
    Zoltan Kovecses, Eotvos Lorand University (TBC)

  Organizing Committee:

  Seana Coulson (UCSD, Cognitive Science)
  Richard Dale (Cornell, Psychology)
  Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Chair (Cornell, Psychology)
  Irene Mittelberg (Cornell, Linguistics)
  Michael J. Spivey (Cornell, Psycholinguistics)

  Contact information:

  Monica Gonzalez-Marquez  -- mg246 at cornell.edu

  Application deadline: January 31, 2003
  Notification of acceptance by: March 15, 2003

  This event is sponsored and generously funded by the Cognitive Studies
  Program at Cornell University.

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