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Subject: 25.3327, Calls: Cognitive Science, Neuroling, Psycholing, General Ling/Germany

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Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:09:33
From: Fabian Bross [fabian.bross at ling.uni-stuttgart.de]
Subject: Embodied Meaning Goes Public: Gestures, Signs, and Other Visible Linguistic Effects of Simulation Processes

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Full Title: Embodied Meaning Goes Public: Gestures, Signs, and Other Visible Linguistic Effects of Simulation Processes 

Date: 05-Dec-2014 - 06-Dec-2014
Location: Stuttgart, Germany 
Contact Person: Fabian Bross
Meeting Email: embodimentstuttgart at gmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics 

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2014 

Meeting Description:

Workshop “Embodied meaning goes public – gestures, signs, and other visible linguistic effects of simulation processes”
December 5-6, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany

Workshop Theme:

When processing language, comprehenders’ motor systems arguably (and measurably) become engaged in mental simulation processes (Barsalou 2008), e.g. hearing a sentence about kicking something causes measurable engagement of the brain’s motor system that is responsible for controlling leg actions (Pulvermüller, Härle & Hummel 2001), or reading a story about a long travel significantly increases response times in a subsequent judgement task as opposed to reading about a short travel (Matlock 2004).

Crucially, it has also been argued that whenever a certain threshold of activation is exceeded such simulation processes are externalised as body actions, i.e. gestures (Hostetter &Alibabi 2008). Margethis & Bergen (2014) emphasise this common basis of mental simulation processes and gestures and point to the fact that – independently – gesture theorists like David McNeill suggested that gestures are the product of mental imagistic representations without relating this fact to embodied simulation processes. 

This workshop aims at investigating further this more or less unexplored connection between inner and outer effects of embodied meaning. While gestures are one likely candidate for visible simulation processes, one may also ask about the relation of signs in sign languages and mental simulation. Although sign languages are known to be conventionalised linguistic systems, it is also an established fact that they make use of far more iconic means than spoken languages (e.g. Liddell 2003). This and the fact that sign languages probably exhibit less cross-linguistic variation than spoken languages (Meier 2002) establishes a pressing need to ask about the connection of these linguistic systems to questions of embodiment.   

Invited Speakers/Discussants: 

- Susan Goldin-Meadow (U Chicago)
- Friedemann Pulvermüller (FU Berlin)
- Benjamin Bergen (UC San Diego)

Venue: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Organizers: Cornelia Ebert, Fabian Bross, Daniel Hole

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions to all three mentioned fields: embodied meaning, gestures, and sign languages, but in particular we encourage to submit abstracts that address an interaction between these fields. 

We welcome submissions for talks (45 min. + 10 min. discussion). Proposals must be anonymous and should not exceed two standard pages. Please include the name(s) and affiliations(s) as well as the mail address of the corresponding author (limited to one per submission) in the body of your mail. Your PDF or word files should be submitted to embodimentstuttgart at gmail.com by September 30, 2014. 

We intend to have six slots for presentations filled by way of this call for papers.

Pending budget approval the department will offer (partial) reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation expenses.

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: September 30, 2014
Notification of acceptance: Oktober 15, 2014
Workshop dates: December 5-6, 2014

Barsalou, L. W. (2008). Cognitive and neural contributions to understanding the conceptual system. In: Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17. 91-95.
Hostetter, A. B. & Alibali, M. W. (2008): Visible embodiment: Gestures as simulated action. In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15(3). 495-514.
Liddell, S. (2003): Grammar, Gesture and Meaning in American Sign Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
Matlock, T. (2004): Fictive motion as cognitive simulation. In: Memory & Cognition, 32(8). 1389-1400.
Margethis, T. & Bergen, B. (2014). Embodied meaning, inside and out: The coupling of gesture and mental simulation. In: Müller, C., Cienki, A., Fricke, E., Ladewig, S. H., McNeill, D. & Tessendorf, S. (ed.): Body-Language-Communication. New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 2000-2007. 
Meier, R. P. (2002): Why different, why the same? Explaining effects and non-effects of modality upon linguistic structure in sign and speech. In: Meier, R. P., Cormier, K. & Quinto-Pozos, D. (ed.): Modality and structure in signed and spoken languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1-25.
Pulvermüller, F., Härle, M. & Hummel, F. (2001): Walking or Talking?: Behavioral and Neurophysiological Correlates of Action Verb Processing. In: Brain and Language, 78. 143-168.

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