25.3269, Confs: Cognitive Science, Ling Theories, Syntax, Lang Acq, Socioling/Germany

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Subject: 25.3269, Confs: Cognitive Science, Ling Theories, Syntax, Lang Acq, Socioling/Germany

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Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:21:19
From: Thomas Hoffmann [thomas.hoffmann at uos.de]
Subject: 8th International Conference on Construction Gramma

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8th International Conference on Construction Grammar 
Short Title: ICCG-8 

Date: 03-Sep-2014 - 06-Sep-2014 
Location: Osnabrück, Germany 
Contact: Thomas Hoffmann 
Contact Email: thomas.hoffmann at uos.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.blogs.uos.de/iccg8 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics; Syntax 

Meeting Description: 

We are pleased to announce the Eighth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-8), which will be held at the University of Osnabrück, Germany on September 3-6, 2014. 

Over the last few decades, the view of grammar as a mental network of constructions has received great empirical support by independent research on first (e.g. Tomasello 2003; Diessel 2013) and second language acquisition (Ellis 2013), psycho(Bencini 2013), as well as neurolinguistics (Pulvermüller, Shtyrov, Cappelle 2013). Moreover, constructional approaches have also provided important new insight into the diachronic evolution of languages (see Fried 2013; Barðdal 2013; Hilpert 2013), as well as sociolinguistic (Croft 2009; Hollmann 2013) and dialectal or discourse variation (Östman and Trousdale 2013). Yet, despite this wealth of previous research there is still much constructional work to be done and many questions to be addressed. Like all its predecessors (Berkeley, CA (2001), Helsinki (2002), Marseille (2004), Tokyo (2006), Austin, TX (2008), Prague (2010) and Seoul (2012)), the present conference is therefore going to provide an international forum for promoting discussion and collaboration among all linguists interested in constructional research and its various models and applications. 

Furthermore, we are proud to announce that the conference will also celebrate the publication of the first Handbook of Constructions Grammar (Oxford University Press 2013) as well as the ten year anniversary of the open-access online journal Constructions (http://elanguage.net/journals/index.php/constructions).

Conference Organizers:

Thomas Hoffmann & Alexander Bergs (chairs)
Claudia Lehmann
Meike Pentrel
Nadja Hekal

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Peter Auer (University of Freiburg)
Hans Boas (University of Texas at Austin)
William Croft (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
Miriam Fried (Charles University in Prague)
Laura Michaelis (University of Colorado Boulder)
Graeme Trousdale (Edinburgh University)
Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)


- Category Change from a Constructional Perspective
- Construction Grammar and Language Contact
- Computational Construction Grammar
- Constructionist Resources
- Modelling Genre/Register in Grammar:Constructions, Frames or Both? 

3rd circular for the International Conference on Construction Grammar (Osnabrück University, Germany / 03.-06.09.2014):

1. Registration

Online registration is open until August 31, 2014. Participants who have not registered yet are kindly asked to do so using the following link:
Payments can either be made via wire transfer or in cash at arrival.
Onsite registration will be possible, but that participants who choose this option will have to pay an extra 20 Euro fee for processing charges.

2. Programme: http://www.blogs.uni-osnabrueck.de/iccg8/programme/

The conference will feature plenary talks by Peter Auer, Hans Boas, William Croft, Miriam Fried, Laura Michaelis, Graeme Trousdale and Mark Turner and more than 160 accepted talks in 6 workshops and the general session. On top of that, two special sessions are dedicated to the late Charles J. Fillmore and Ivan A. Sag. 

3. Social Programme

There is a free reception on Wednesday, 03.09.2014, at 7pm (kindly sponsored by John Benjamins) and the conference dinner on Friday, 05.09.2014 (included in the registration fee). On top of that, participants can choose to book (via email to: iccg8 at uos.de) any of the following three options for Thursday night, 04.09.2014 (at an extra cost of 10 Euros per person):

a) Night Watchman Tour

Explore the historical city of Osnabrück on foot by night. ''Armed'' with little lanterns, the English-speaking night watchman will take you on a tour through the dark streets of the city. You will be welcomed in the historic ''Hall of Peace'' of the old town hall, in which the peace treaty of the 30-years war was signed. Furthermore, you will walk along the medieval city wall and visit two towers that were used as prisons during the Middle Ages. At the end of the tour you will have the chance to climb the stairs of St. Mary’s church and get a beautiful view of Osnabrueck by night from its observation deck.

 b) Felix-Nussbaum-House

Felix Nussbaum, a German-Jewish surrealist painter, was born in Osnabrueck in 1904 and killed in Auschwitz in 1944. As an artist, Nussbaum “recorded the experiences of the decades following the First World War in his paintings and reflected upon them as part of his own situation, which the artist, as a Jew, was pushed into by the racist ideology of national-socialist Germany.” (source: http://www.osnabrueck.de/28061.asp). Felix-Nussbaum-House not only exhibits all of his works, but the building itself is an architectural masterpiece and tribute to Nussbaum designed by the well-known architect Daniel Liebeskind. For Thursday night, we have booked a guided tour (in English) that will give you an in-depth introduction to Nussbaum’s life and work as well as the Felix-Nussbaum-House. For more information, please visit: http://www.osnabrueck.de/fnh/english/default.asp

c) City Tour with the Historical Bus

Come on a bus tour with an English-speaking guide through Osnabrueck's districts and learn about the city's urban development from the 19th through to the 21st century. You will have the chance to see Osnabrueck from the top of an original double decker bus from the 1960s, which has been fully restored and kept roadworthy. Enjoy the ride and the city's districts, from the old town hall via the 19th century quarters of the manual labourers to the neighbourhoods of the distinguished 19th/20th upper classes.

If you have any further questions about the conference, please write to iccg8 at uos.de

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