Third Call for Papers CSLS 2015 Conference

J Ruggles jr at
Thu Oct 2 20:48:18 UTC 2014

The University Seminar on Columbia School Linguistics
 and the 
Columbia School Linguistic Society
invite participation in the

 12th International Columbia School Conference on the Interaction of
Linguistic Form and Meaning with Human Behavior
February 14 ­ 16, 2015
Columbia University


Papers are invited which propose language-specific analyses of natural
discourse data within any framework in which languages are viewed as
semiotic systems.   Particularly encouraged are submissions that advance
semantic hypotheses to account for the distribution of linguistic forms.

Abstracts should be sent as an email attachment to conference at
following these guidelines: The subject of the email should be:  CS Abstract
2015.  In the body of the email, please include:  (1) Author name(s) and
affiliation(s); (2) Title of the paper; (3) Email addresses and telephone
numbers of all authors.  The abstract, containing only the title of the
paper and the text of the abstract, should be sent as an attachment (PDF,
RTF, or Word format).  The abstract should be no more than 300 words,
although references and/or data may be added to that limit.


The language of the conference is English.  Papers delivered in other
languages will also be considered.

The Columbia University Seminars bring together professors and other
experts, from Columbia and elsewhere, who gather to work on problems that
cross disciplinary and departmental boundaries. The Seminars have the
additional purpose of linking Columbia with the intellectual resources of
the surrounding communities. Since their founding by Frank Tannenbaum in
1944, the University Seminars have provided a means of exchanging,
recording, validating and responding to new ideas. As independent entities,
the Seminars encourage dialogue and intellectual risks in a culture that is
open, innovative, and collaborative, placing them among the best
contributions that the University makes to the intellectual community and to
the society at large.

The Columbia School of Linguistics is a group of linguists developing the
theoretical framework originally established by the late William Diver.
Language is seen as a symbolic tool whose structure is shaped both by its
communicative function and by the characteristics of its human users.
Grammatical analyses account for the distribution of linguistic forms as an
interaction between hypothesized linguistic meanings and pragmatic and
functional factors such as inference, ease of processing, and iconicity.
Phonological analyses explain the syntagmatic and paradigmatic distribution
of phonological units within signals, also drawing on both communicative
function and human physiological and psychological characteristics.

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