Final call for papers: SALC

Jordan Zlatev jordan.zlatev at
Wed May 16 11:56:12 UTC 2007

Includes one new theme session!
The First Conference of the Swedish Association for Language and 
Cognition (SALC)
Lund, Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2007
We invite the submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentations 
for the The First Conference of the Swedish Association for Language 
and Cognition (SALC)/Svenska Sällskapet för Språk och Kognition (SSSK) 
to be held at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University 
between Nov 29 and Dec 1, 2007. Presentations should involve research 
in which language is not treated in isolation (e.g. as a "module"), but 
both as based on structures and processes of general cognition (e.g. 
perception, memory and reasoning) and social cognition (e.g. joint 
attention and imitation), and as affecting such structures and 
processes. The conference, as SALC in general, is intended to be a 
forum for the exchange of ideas between disciplines, fields of study 
and theoretical frameworks. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* semantic analysis and cognition
* discourse analysis and cognition
* grammar and cognition
* pragmatics and cognition
* semiotics and cognition
* linguistic typology and cognition
* language and cognitive development
* language and cognitive evolution
* language change and cognition
* language and gesture
* language, emotion and consciousness
* linguistic relativity and linguistic mediation
Plenary speakers
* Susan Goldin-Meadow, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
* Esa Itkonen, Department of Linguistics, University of Turku
* Chris Sinha, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
* Östen Dahl, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University
* Peter Gärdenfors, Department of Cognitive Science, Lund University
Theme sessions
”Space in language and cognition” (Conveners: Carita Paradis, Marlene 
Johansson Falck, Carita Lundmark and Ulf Magnusson)
The link between spatial concepts and construals in linguistic 
expressions and in thought is a rapidly growing field of inquiry which 
cuts across disciplines such as linguistics, cognitive psychology, 
anthropology, computer science and philosophy. Oxford University Press 
will be publishing papers from the session in an edited volume of 
strictly peer-reviewed papers that capture cutting-edge scholarship in 
this area.
”Language and gesture” (Conveners: Jordan Zlatev and Cornelia Mueller)
While there is a consensus on the close relationship between language 
and gesture, there is an ongoing debate on the exact relationship 
between the two: do they constitute a "unified system" (e.g. McNeil) or 
two closely integrated but distinct semiotic resources (e.g. Donald), 
supported by distinct cognitive mechanisms (e.g. Kita and Özyürek)? We 
plan a publication of papers addressing this issue from different 
perspectives: semiotics, interaction studies, development, evolution 
and neuroscience.
”The dynamics of symbolic matter” (Conveners: Stephen Cowley and Paul 
Language simultaneously links brains, bodies and material artefacts. 
Since the resulting dynamics prompt human activity, we - and language – 
are produced, structured, and function across many time scales. On this 
distributed perspective, human sense-making is traced, above all, to 
in integrating real-time events with verbal patterns (and other 
second-order cultural artefacts). Accordingly, we aim to consider how 
the resulting cognitive dynamics function in (some of the) time-scales 
relevant to brains,
bodies, the experiential present, human relationships, development, 
history and co-evolution. Finally, we will apply the perspective to 
robotic and other cognitive models. The outcome will be a peer-reviewed 
special issue of a Journal that examines the dynamics of what we deem 
One page abstracts (at most 500 words) should be sent as an attachment 
(MS Word preferred) to Marlene Johansson Falck, at 
marlene at by June 1st 2007. Abstracts will then be 
reviewed by two members of the Scientific Committee, and notification 
of acceptance will be sent by August 1st. Please indicate whether an 
oral or poster presentation is preferred, and if a poster presentation 
is acceptable if the space of the program does not allow for an oral 
presentation. If you wish your contribution to be considered for one of 
the theme sessions, please indicate this. The conference will be held 
in English.
Registration fees, including conference participation, book of 
abstracts, and coffee/snacks:
* Faculty: 50 euro/450 SEK (40 euro/360 SEK for SALC members)
* Students: 40 euro/360 SEK (30 euro/270 SEK for SALC members)
On-line registration facilities will be announced soon.
Important Dates
* Feb 23: First Call for Papers
* June 1: Deadline for abstract submission
* August 15: Notification of acceptance
* October 1: Programme announced
* Nov 29 (afternoon) - Dec 1 (whole day): Conference
Scientific Committee
* Jóhanna Barddal, Department of Linguistics, University of Bergen
* Ingar Brinck, Department of Philosophy, Lund University
* Alan Cienki Department of Language and Communication, Vrije 
Universiteit, Amsterdam
* Östen Dahl, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University
* Caroline David, Département d'études anglophones, Université 
Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III
* Per Durst-Andersen, Centre for Language, Cognition and Mentality, 
Copenhagen Business School
* Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, Department of Nordic Studies and 
Linguistics, University of Copenhagen
* Adam Glaz, Department of English UMCS, Lublin
* Peter Gärdenfors, Department of Cognitive Science, Lund University
* Peter Harder, Department of English, University of Copenhagen
* Merle Horne, Department of Linguistics, Lund University
* Anders Hougaard, Institute of Language and Communication, University 
of Southern Denmark
* Daniel Hutto, Philosophy, University of Hetyfordshire
* Esa Itkonen, Department of Linguistics, University of Turku
* Christer Johansson, Department of Linguistics, University of Bergen
* Henryk Kardela, Department of English, Universytet Marii 
* Suzanne Kemmer, Department of Linguistics, Rice University
* Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm 
* Maarten Lemmens, English Linguistics, Universitè de Lille3
* Cornelia Mueller, Department for Cultural Studies, Europa-Universität 
Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
* Chris Sinha, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
* Victor Smith, Copenhagen Business School
* Göran Sonesson, Department of Semiotics, Lund University
* Paul Thibault, Linguistics and Media Communication, Agder University
Organizing Committee
* Jordan Zlatev, Lund University and Umeå University
* Mats Andrén, Lund University
* Marlene Johansson Falck, Stockholm University
* Carita Lundmark, Mid Sweden University
* Ulf Magnusson, Luleå University of Technology
* Carita Paradis, Växjö University

Jordan Zlatev, Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics
Center for Languages and Literature
Lund University
Box 201
221 00 Lund, Sweden

email: jordan.zlatev at

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