27.5223, Calls: Psycholinguistics, Typology/Switzerland

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Subject: 27.5223, Calls: Psycholinguistics, Typology/Switzerland

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Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:04:19
From: Tsung-Ying Chen [tsungyin at ualberta.ca]
Subject: Linguistic Typology and Cross-Linguistic Psycholinguistics

Full Title: Linguistic Typology and Cross-Linguistic Psycholinguistics 

Date: 10-Sep-2017 - 13-Sep-2017
Location: Zurich, Switzerland 
Contact Person: James Myers
Meeting Email: Lngmyers at ccu.edu.tw

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics; Typology 

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2017 

Meeting Description:

Workshop Organizers:

James Myers, National Chung Cheng University
Tsung-Ying Chen, National Chung Cheng University

Background & Aim:

The theme of the workshop, as the title suggests, builds on the growing
awareness in the international community of the need for typologists and
psycholinguists to work together in exploring and explaining language
diversity and universals.

Grammarians and psycholinguists are both very interested in cross-linguistic
differences and universals, but they have traditionally gone about their data
collection and theorizing in quite different ways. In particular, the former
usually work by reanalyzing previously collected language descriptions from as
wide a variety of languages as possible, in order to test hypotheses about all
possible human languages (not just attested languages), whereas the latter
mostly test speakers of only two or three languages, which are generally
chosen either for accessibility to the research team or for testing specific
cross-language variables. Yet both research traditions have much to learn from
each other. For typologists, cross-linguistic variation in language processing
and the relative difficulty of different linguistic features are theoretically
important but difficult to study without adopting psycholinguistic methods
like controlled experiments. For psycholinguists, there are serious practical
challenges to collecting sufficiently large and varied cross-linguistic
samples while maintaining the methodological consistency needed for
typological analysis, especially when studying populations without formal
test-taking traditions.

This workshop thus hopes to help bring the two worlds closer together,
focusing in particular on the following questions:

- How does cross-linguistic variation affect language processing, as revealed
in new experiments or new analyses of psycholinguistic corpora (e.g., child
language corpora, speech error corpora, or cross-linguistic databases of
previously collected experimental results)?
- How can cross-linguistic experiments and psycholinguistic corpora help
explain cross-linguistic variation and universals?
- How can a greater number and variety of languages be tested
psycholinguistically while maintaining the methodological consistency and
rigor needed for typological analysis?

3rd Call for Papers:

The extended deadline for submission has been extended to 15 January 2017.

If approved, the workshop will form part of the 50th Annual Meeting of the
Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE) in Zürich, 10-13 September 2017. For our
workshop proposal, we are soliciting abstracts of 300 words (excluding
references) describing new cross-linguistic experimental studies, new
meta-analyses of existing experiments in two or more languages, and new tools
and techniques aimed at improving the typological and quantitative
sophistication of cross-linguistic experimentation. Abstracts should be
emailed to both of the workshop organizers (Lngmyers at ccu.edu.tw and
tsungyin at ualberta.ca). After the organizers have decided which of the initial
submissions are most appropriate for the workshop, they will include them in
the workshop proposal submitted to the SLE organizers. If approved, the
contributors included in the proposal should submit revised and expanded
abstracts (500 words, excluding references) to join newly solicited abstracts
from additional contributors, which will then be reviewed by the workshop
organizers and SLE.

Important Dates:

15 January 2017: Submission of full abstracts (500 words, excluding
references), taking into account any feedback from the initial submission, for
review by the organizers and SLE

31 March 2017: Notification of acceptance of individual workshop contributions

10-13 September 2017: SLE conference


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