2nd Call - EMCL 5.1 - Freiburg

monica gonzalez-marquez mg246 at cornell.edu
Mon Nov 15 22:52:53 UTC 2010

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.1 -- Freiburg ****
March 6 -- 11, 2011


--------------------Application deadline: December 15, 

We invite applications for the,

5th Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics workshop,

to be held in,

Freiburg, Germany,
March 6 -- 11, 2011

The goal of EMCL is to facilitate dialogue among language researchers 
with different methodological backgrounds, i.e. theorists, 
experimentalists, corpus linguists, etc. We do this by creating an 
environment where specialists learn from each other by developing a 
research project together where their various skills are combined.

Intended audience: Language researchers with an embodiment, situated 
cognition and/or cognitive linguistics background. No prior experimental 
or corpus training is required though an understanding of the 
theoretical issues is necessary. Participants can be at different early 
stages in their careers, i.e. graduate students, post-grads, post-docs, 
junior faculty, etc.

Format: During the course of a week, participants will join one of 5 
hands-on mini-labs. Each mini-lab will be responsible for completing a 
joint research project. A select group of students (max. 8 per group for 
a total of 40***) will be invited to participate. Each group will work 
with two researchers who will guide the group in selecting an idea for 
the group to investigate, structuring and organizing a research project, 
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

Workshop Faculty

Group 1:
Rolf Zwaan University of Rotterdam
Interests: The relationship between cognition and systems of perception, 
and emotion, Language comprehension, Embodied cognition
Alan Cienki, Vrije Universiteit
Interests:  cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, spoken language, gesture,
political discourse, contrastive linguistics

Group 2:
Kenny Coventry, Northumbria University
Interests:  language and perception, spatial language, embodiment, 
decision making
Katharina Rohlfing, Bielefeld University
Interests: emergentist semantics, early literacy, human-machine 
rhetoric and communication

Group 3:
Lars Konieczny, University of Freiburg
Interests: Theoretical, Empirical, and Computational Psycholinguistics,
Eye-movements research, Reading, Spoken language comprehension
in the Visual-World-paradigm, Spatial reasoning and wayfinding,
Cognitive modeling (ACT-R, Connectionist Modeling), Embodied Cognition

Michele Feist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Interests: lexical semantics, spatial language, psycholinguistics, 
acquisition of
semantics, language and cognition

Group 4:
Seana Coulson, University of California, San Diego
Interests: Conceptual Blending, Joke Comprehension, Metaphor, Analogical
Reasoning, Concept Combination, Sentence Processing
Panos Athanasopoulos, Bangor University
    Interests: Bilingualism and Cognition, Language and Thought, Emotion,
Language Acquisition, conceptual development

Group 5:


Anatol Stefanowitsch, University of Hamburg
Interests: Encoding of motion events, Second language research, 
Construction Grammar,
Quantitative Corpus Linguistics, Metaphor, Negative evidence

Accommodation: Accommodation at walking distance to the university will 
be arranged for all student participants. Cost will be EUR20 per night. 
(We "may" receive funds to cover student accommodation, in which case 
all applicants will be notified.)

Participation Fee: EUR125 **, payable by bank transfer or upon arrival 
by prior arrangement.
(This fee helps cover the costs of organization and faculty travel.)


To apply, please send the following by December 15, 2010. All materials 
must be submitted electronically to emcl5.freiburg (at) googlemail.com


1. A maximum of two (2) pages, (1000 words), describing,
- your background,
- your reasons for wanting to participate,
- the research group you would like to work in and why. Please include 
in this section a
brief description of your research interests.

All topics listed above must be addressed. Incomplete applications will 
not be reviewed.

2. A copy of your curriculum vitae.

The application deadline is December 15, 2010

Accepted applicants will be notified on or before January 15, 2011

This workshop is supported by:

the FRIAS at Freiburg University

the Research training group (GRK DFG 1624/1) Frequency effects in language

and the DFG (pending).

** 2 (two) tuition scholarships will be awarded by lottery to students 
traveling from Eastern Europe and 3rd world countries. Please state in 
your application whether you would like to be included in the lottery.

*** Please note: Attendance is strictly limited to invited participants. 
No exceptions will be made so as to preserve pedagogical integrity.

**** EMCL 5.2 will be held in Chicago, USA, June 2011 with a different 
set of faculty. That notice will follow in January, 2011.


EMCL 5 Organizing Committee:

Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Chair, Cornell University
Martin Hilpert, University of Freiburg
Raymond Becker, Bielefeld University
Lars Konieczny, University of Freiburg

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