3rd Call for participants: Empirical Methods in Cog Ling

Monica Gonzalez-Marquez mg246 at CORNELL.EDU
Tue Jan 21 04:48:11 UTC 2003

  ********************  3rd Call ************************

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


Ý Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics (EMCL) Workshop

Ý Cornell University
Ý Ithaca, New York, USA

Ý May 2-4, 2003


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

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Ý Introduction:

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

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

Ý To this end, the goals of the workshop are:

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

Ý Workshop format:

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

Ý Graduate Students:

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


Scientists from all nations, and especially women
and minorities, are strongly encouraged to attend and participate.

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

Ý Accommodation will be provided for all accepted students. In addition,
Ý it is likely that modest travel grants will be available to students
Ý 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
     Herb Colston, University of Wisconsin Parkside
     Jeff Hancock, Cornell University
     Rafael Nunez, University of California at San Diego (TBC)
     Zoltan Kovecses, Eotvos Lorand University (TBC)

Ý Organizing Committee:

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

Ý Contact information:

Ý Monica Gonzalez-Marquez Ý-- mg246 at cornell.edu


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

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

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