29.2907, Calls: Cog Sci, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax/Norway

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Subject: 29.2907, Calls: Cog Sci, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax/Norway

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Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 12:28:02
From: Jozina Vander Klok [j.v.klok at iln.uio.no]
Subject: Shared Modules for Rhythm, Narration & Emotion

Full Title: Shared Modules for Rhythm, Narration & Emotion 

Date: 11-May-2019 - 11-May-2019
Location: Oslo, Norway 
Contact Person: Pritty Patel-Grosz
Meeting Email: pritty.patel-grosz at iln.uio.no
Web Site: https://glowlinguistics.org/42/workshops/may11/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 02-Nov-2018 

Meeting Description:

Generative Linguistics beyond Language: Shared Modules for Rhythm, Narration
and Emotion across Domains

In recent years, linguistic methods that were developed in the generative
framework have been systematically applied to non-linguistic phenomena. We
find generative approaches to the syntax and semantics of music (e.g. Koelsch
2012, Katz 2017, Schlenker 2017), the syntax and semantics of dance (e.g.
Charnavel 2016, Patel-Grosz et al. 2018), the semantics of visual narrative
(Abusch 2013), and the connection between speech and drumming rhythms (Winter
2014). Crucially, recent explorations that expand linguistic methodology
beyond natural language in such a way aim to shed light on the shared
properties of different cognitive domains (language, music, dance, silent
narratives) that are fundamentally human. This yields new insights into human
cognition as a whole, and thus also into the core properties of the human
language faculty.

Such groundbreaking new research clearly raises questions at a multitude of
levels, including:

[i.] What are the rhythmic properties that human language shares with other
modalities (e.g., rhythmic-melodic structure, which can be found both in
music/beats and in the prosody of natural languages)? See Ravignani, Honing
and Kotz (2017) for a recent editorial on the topic. The role of rhythmic
properties also connects directly to issues such as information structure
(i.e. can we find notions such as topic or focus outside of human language?)
and how it is encoded.

[ii.] How are narrators (particularly in fictional discourse) integrated into
the semantics and pragmatics of narratives across the different modalities?
This is a topic that has recently gained momentum in the linguistic literature
on issues such as truth in fiction (e.g., Altshuler & Maier 2018), but it
carries over to an equal extent into modalities such as visual narrative and

[iii.] To what extent can it be maintained that language and music share a
common cognitive grounding in the form of an identical or analogous generative
mechanism of structure building? Such a view has recently been reasserted by
Pesetsky & Katz (2009) (and see Patel 2008), but the exact nature of the
parallels (and also the exact range of differences) remains to be established.

[iv.] How do investigations at the cognition-emotion interface carry over from
one modality to another? This topic has recently taken center stage in
linguistic explorations on expressivity, sentiments and emotivity (see, for
instance, Potts 2007), but it naturally carries over to other modalities, such
as music, as shown in Schlenker (2017). Research that investigates emotional
effects often targets areas where language and music overlap, e.g., by
studying the emotional effects associated with metrical pattern in poetry
(e.g., Obermeier et al. 2013), or a typology of affective/emotional sounds
that spans both language (including, in particular, prosody and intonation)
and music (e.g., Frühholz, Trost, and Kotz 2016).

Call for Papers:

This workshop aims to bring together researchers working at the forefront of
research on language, dance, music and visual narrative from a perspective
that investigates these cross-modal phenomena.

We invite submissions from all subfields of linguistics that apply generative
linguistic methodology to one or more of the areas of investigation outlined
above. Investigations that cut across these areas will be particularly
relevant, e.g. the use of rhythm in speech (emphatic focus) and other
modalities for an expressive/emotive effect.

Please submit abstracts via EasyChair using the same link as the main
colloquium (https://glowlinguistics.org/42/call-for-papers/).


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