CFP: EMCL 3: Developing an experiment: from conception to implementation

monica gonzalez-marquez mg246 at
Fri Feb 24 04:51:08 UTC 2006

EMCL 3: Developing an experiment: from conception to implementation

Date: October 17-18 , 2006
Place: University of Murcia (Spain)

To precede the conference of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics 
(AELCO-SCOLA) as a satellite event.

*******Application deadline: July 1, 2006*******

The last few years have yielded promising experimental evidence for an
embodied view of language. The work of researchers such as Bergen,
Boroditsky, Matlock, Santiago, and Richardson, among others, has 
glimpses of the intricate cross-buttressing between language and other
cognitive processes. In order for the promise of these findings to come 
fruition, many more researchers will have to join the ranks of the 
leaders. The interdisciplinary training required to advance Experimental
Cognitive Linguistics remains, unfortunately, scarce at most 
As such, the focus for ‘EMCL III’ will be ‘Developing an experiment: 
conception to implementation.’ The goal will be to unite gifted 
linguists lacking experimental training, with experienced researchers 
will guide them in the development and implementation of an experiment.

Intended Audience:

This workshop is aimed specifically at scholars with sound theoretical
knowledge in their field though lacking in experimental training.
Participants are not expected to have any background at all in
experimentation. The ideal candidate will be in their 3rd or 4th year of
graduate school in a theoretical linguistics program that endorses
embodiment, possibly with some experience in corpus or discourse 
will have given much thought to a research question, and have concluded
that experimentation might be a productive way to address it. Graduate
students (post-grads, pre-doctoral, etc.), as well as post-doctoral
researchers and junior faculty are also invited to apply. The only real
prerequisite is a background in embodiment and language, and no
experimental experience.

Please note: Unlike at previous EMCL workshops, attendance to this 
will be strictly limited to the invited participants. No exceptions will
be made so as to preserve the pedagogical integrity of the workshop.


A selected group of students (max.20) will be invited to participate.
Students will be divided into four groups; each group will work with a
researcher who will guide the group in selecting an idea, structuring 
organizing an experiment, and carrying it out. The session will end with
the presentation of findings and a general discussion.

Topics to be covered include:

-	Deciding on a research topic
-	Transforming the research topic into a research question
-	Developing experimental hypotheses and designing an experiment
-	Data collection
-	Statistical analysis and interpretation
-	Presentation of findings to an audience

Cost: 120 Euros

Accommodation: (to be announced)


To apply, please send the following by July 1, 2006. All materials must 
submitted electronically to Monica Gonzalez-Marquez at mg246 at Accepted applicants will be notified by August 1, 2006.

1. A two (2) page (1000 words maximum) statement describing
- your background,
- your reasons for wanting to participate,
- the researcher you would like to work with and why
- a description of at least one specific research question you want to

2. A copy of your curriculum vitae.

3. One letter of recommendation from someone who knows your research,
preferably your advisor. Have this person submit the letter directly to
mg246 at


Benjamin Bergen (University of Manoa at Hawai)
Asifa Majid (Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, Holland)
Julio Santiago (University of Barcelona)
(Additional faculty member to be announced)

Faculty interests to be posted shortly on the website:

Organizing committee:

Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Cornell University
Javier Valenzuela, University of Murcia


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Mónica González-Márquez
Psychology Department
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

mg246 at


So that the form takes as many risks as the content --
  					         "Ava" by Carole Maso

Mónica González-Márquez
Psychology Department
Cornell University
B96b Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

mg246 at (607) 255-6397

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