21.3212, Calls: Cog Sci, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics/Switzerland

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Subject: 21.3212, Calls: Cog Sci, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics/Switzerland

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Date: 08-Aug-2010
From: Steve Oswald < steve.oswald at unine.ch >
Subject: Communication and Cognition 2011
 

	
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Date: Sun, 08 Aug 2010 18:55:08
From: Steve Oswald [steve.oswald at unine.ch]
Subject: Communication and Cognition 2011

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Full Title: Communication and Cognition 2011 
Short Title: ComCog2011 

Date: 26-Jan-2011 - 28-Jan-2011
Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland 
Contact Person: Rachel Marston
Meeting Email: comcog2011 at unine.ch
Web Site: http://www.unine.ch/comcog2011 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics 

Call Deadline: 12-Sep-2010 

Meeting Description:

International Conference: 'Communication and Cognition 2011: 
Manipulation, persuasion and deception in Language'

The overall aim of this conference is to explore the various parameters that 
affect the way we process communicated information; as a case in point, 
this 2011 edition will focus on the issue of persuasive, manipulative, biased 
and fallacious verbal communication, with the goal of shedding light on 
different parameters that play a role in its 'success'. In this respect, we seek 
contributions which specifically focus on those (formal, informal, cognitive, 
linguistic and contextual) aspects of communication that orient the 
interpretation of language and fulfill argumentative and persuasive ends, be 
it in interpersonal or mass communication.

In the past, discursive manipulation and neighbouring phenomena such as
lies, deception, persuasion and uncooperative communication, to name a 
few, have been investigated by a variety of researchers in numerous fields 
in the humanities and the social sciences. Among those are philosophy, 
persuasion research, linguistics (in particular pragmatics), cognitive 
linguistics, communication science, (critical) discourse analysis, 
argumentation theory, not to mention the classical tradition of rhetoric. 
However, the link between persuasive or deceptive communication and the
cognitive underpinnings allowing for its success, already explored by trends 
in persuasion research, still needs to be fully drawn and understood, given 
that the available literature on the topic leaves too often aside the 
communicative dimension of manipulation and seldom aims for a 
psychologically plausible account of such communication-dependent 
phenomena.

Recent developments in cognitive science call for new research questions in
the field of deceptive persuasion and manipulation through verbal 
communication, in particular in what regards the cognitive grounds of 
misguided and credulous interpretation - and more generally of gullibility
(see Maillat & Oswald 2009). Emotions, trust, confidence and other attitudes 
have long been considered as keys for the effectiveness of persuasive 
language; the connotative load of certain keywords and more generally the 
role of the lexicon, as well as types of syntactic structures and other 
linguistic devices such as presuppositions have also been suspected to 
bear on the persuasive force of deceptive communication. 

However, little is known yet as to why and how these processes, including
fallacious argumentation as a whole, jeopardize evaluation. Recent 
research in this growing field tends to confirm the hypothesis that 
communicative phenomena linked to deception and persuasion exploit 
cognitive biases and heuristics otherwise useful for the general economy of 
human communication. A long established concern for these cognitive 
biases and heuristics in information processing (see Wason 1966, 1968, 
Kahneman & Tversky 1974), which can in turn yield cognitive illusions and 
errors in information processing (see Pohl 2004), together with the input of 
cognitive anthropology (e.g. Mercier & Sperber, forth. Sperber et al. forth.) 
and developmental psychology (Mascaro & Sperber 2009, Clément 2010, 
Harris et al. forth.) opens a new promising trend of research on the 
persuasiveness of deceptive communication.

It is one of the purposes of this conference to stimulate interdisciplinary 
inquiry on these themes. Accordingly, contributions promoting an integration 
of different - yet complementary - trends into interdisciplinary models of 
information processing are encouraged. The organisers will particularly 
welcome papers located at the interface of the disciplines concerned, 
whether grounded on empirical evidence or presenting a theoretical model. 

2nd Call for Papers 

Please refer to the conference website (www.unine.ch/comcog2011) for a 
complete description of the conference's rationale and a pdf version of the 
2nd call for papers. 

Submissions are invited in the form of an abstract of maximum one page A4 
(plus references) either in .pdf or .doc format, to be uploaded on the 
conference's Easy Abstracts website. The platform is accessible since July 
10th 2010 at: 

http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/comcog2011 

The official language of the conference is English, but propositions in 
French are also accepted. 

The deadline for submission is September 12th 2010. Acceptance or 
rejection will be notified by October 30th 2010. 

The targeted fields of research include, but are not limited to: 

-Linguistics in a broad sense (including pragmatics and discourse analysis) 
-Philosophy (in particular philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, 
argumentation theory, rhetoric) 
-Psychology (in particular cognitive psychology and neuroscience) 
-Communication sciences in a broader sense (including media studies) 
-Social sciences (in particular social psychology and anthropology)





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