Extended deadline: Portsmouth 2004

Jordan Zlatev jordan.zlatev at ling.lu.se
Wed Jan 14 13:49:01 UTC 2004

*** With apologies for cross-posting ***


International Conference on
Integrating perspectives and methodologies in the study of language

18-20 July 2004
University of Portsmouth, England



* Jules Davidoff, Department of Psychology, University of London 
Goldsmith's College
* Terence Deacon, Department of Anthropology, University of California, 
* Sotaro Kita, Department of Psychology, University of Bristol
* Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Faculty of Humanities, Indian Institute of 
* Gary Palmer, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las 

Human natural languages are biologically based, cognitively motivated, 
affectively rich, socially shared, grammatically organized symbolic 
systems. They provide the principal semiotic means for the complexity 
and diversity of human cultural life. As has long been recognized, no 
single discipline or methodology is sufficient to capture all the 
dimensions of this complex and multifaceted phenomenon, which lies at 
the heart of what it is to be human. The goal of this conference is to 
contribute to situating the study of language in a contemporary 
interdisciplinary dialogue. Many of the relevant disciplines have made 
highly significant theoretical, methodological and empirical advances 
during the last decade.

We call for contributions from scholars and scientists in anthropology, 
biology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, semiotics, cognitive and 
neurosciences, who wish both to impart their insights and findings, and 
learn from other disciplines. Preference will be given to submissions 
which emphasize interdisciplinarity, the interaction between culture, 
mind and language, and/or multi-methodological approaches in language 

Topics include but are not limited to:
* Biological and cultural co-evolution
* Comparative study of communication systems
* Cognitive and cultural schematization in language
* Emergence of language in ontogeny and phylogeny
* Language in multi-modal communication
* Language and normativity
* Language and thought, emotion and consciousness


Local Organizing Committee (Department of Psychology, University of 
Portsmouth, England)
* Mike Fluck
* Karl Nunkoosing
* Vasu Reddy
* Chris Sinha
* Vera da Silva
* Joerg Zinken

International Organizing Committee
* Carmen Guarddon Anelo, Departamento de Filologias Extranjeras y sus   
  Lingisticas, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain
* Raphael Berthele, Departement für Germanistik, Université de 
Fribourg, Switzerland
* Maria Cristóbal, Department of English Philology I. Universidad 
Complutense de Madrid, Spain
* Iraide Ibarretxe, Department of English Philology, University of 
Deusto  / Department of Basque Philology, University of the Basque 
Country, Spain
* Jordan Zlatev, Department of Linguistics Lund University / Department 
of Philosophy and Linguistics, Umeå University; Sweden

International Scientific Committee
* Enrique Bernárdez, Department of English Philology I, Universidad 
Complutense de Madrid
* Per Aage Brandt, Center for Semiotics, University of Aarhus
* Gisela Bruche-Schultz, Department of English Language and Literature, 
Free University of Berlin
* Seana Coulson, Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD
* Vyv Evans, Department of Linguistics and English, University of Sussex
* Roslyn Frank, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Iowa
* Peter Gärdenfors, Lund University Cognitive Science (LUCS)
* Dirk Geeraerts, Department of Linguistics, Katholieke Universiteit 
* Tom Givón, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
* Pier Paolo Giglioli, DSC, Università di Bologna
* Colette Grinevald, PR1, Université Lumière Lyon2
* Gisela Håkansson, Department of Linguistics, Lund University
* Peter Harder, Department of English, University of Copenhagen
* Esa Itkonen, Department of Linguistics, Turku University
* Sotaro Kita, Department of Psychology, University of Bristol
* Sydney Lamb, Department of Linguistics, Rice University
* Jean Lassegue, Laboratoire LaTTICe-CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure
* Brian MacWhinney, Department of Psychology, CMU
* Rukmini Nair, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
* Gary Palmer, Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, University of Nevada
* Gunter Senft, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
* Augusto Soares da Silva, Faculdade de Filosofia de Braga, 
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
* Dan Slobin, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley
* Göran Sonesson, Department of Semiotics, Lund University
* Victor Rosenthal, INSERM, Paris
* Yves-Marie Visetti, Laboratoire LaTTICe-CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure

Abstracts for 30-minute presentations should be submitted by January 
31, 2004. Notification of acceptance by March 31, 2004. All abstracts 
will be reviewed by members of the International Scientific Committee.

Each abstract should conform to the following specifications:
Length: a single page of A4, single-spaced, font size 12pt or larger, 
with 2.5cm margins on all sides. Any diagrams must fit on this single 

Head material (at the top of the single A4 page):
- Title of the paper,
- Author name(s),
- Author affiliation(s) in brief (1 line),
- Email address of principal author

Method: Abstracts should be emailed to jordan.zlatev at ling.lu.se as an 
ATTACHMENT (i.e. not included in the message) preferably as a MS Word 
document, but in PDF or postscript format if it is necessary to include 
a diagram or figure.

The homesite of the conference www.unifr.ch/gefi/GP2/Portsmouth/ will 
shortly be updated to carry registration and accommodation information 
and instructions.

There will be a publication of selected papers  presented at the 

There will be an opportunity to organize workshops, seminars and other 
satellite events on themes related to that of the conference. 
Prospective organizers should contact joerg.zinken at port.ac.uk

Jordan Zlatev, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Lund University
Department of Linguistics
222 62 Lund, Sweden

email: jordan.zlatev at ling.lu.se

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