Conf.: CFP, Tartu -- last reminder

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Sun May 25 05:46:03 UTC 2008

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last-minute reminder:


Cognitive and Functional Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Languages
Short Title: CFP

Date: 29-May-2008 - 01-Jun-2008
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact: Ilona Tragel
Contact Email: ilona.tragel at
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Cognitive and Functional Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Languages


The aim of the conference is to bring together linguists working in the
functional and cognitive linguistic paradigms. We invite linguists who take a
functional and/or cognitive perspective in describing and explaining
phenomena in the language(s) they are researching and those working on
dynamics from a functional or cognitive perspective to participate.

We especially encourage linguists working on the Uralic languages to submit
papers, in the hope of expanding the Cognitive Linguistic paradigm with data
from these languages; researchers involved with other languages and language
families are, of course, also most welcome. We also encourage papers on
grammaticalization and those looking at the role of oral and written
forms, or
different language varieties, in language change, as well as changes in
resulting from language contact. Furthermore, presentations dealing with
different usage-based models, including construction grammar, are also


Cognitive and functional studies on grammar
Dynamics of language
Synchronic and diachronic language change
Language contact: aspects of grammar
Usage-based approaches and models
Emergent grammar
Language typology
Language evolution
Uralic languages

Plenary Speakers

Bernd Heine
Ronald Langacker
Ewa Dabrowska
Martin Haspelmath

The program and the abstracts are available:

Special theme session May 29, 2008, Tartu
The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference (SCLC-2008)

Other theme sessions:

1) Functional approaches to lesser-studied Uralic Languages
Organizers: Florian Siegl (University of Tartu) & Michael Riessler  (Humboldt
Universtität, Berlin)

2) Studying global language dynamics through large typological and lexical
Organizers: Valery Solovyev (Kazan State University) and Søren Wichmann (Max
Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Leiden University)

3) Mood and Modality in Uralic Languages
Organizers: Irina Nikolaeva (SOAS) and Anne Tamm (University of Florence,

4) Empirical Approaches to Polysemy and Synonymy
Organizers: Dylan Glynn (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Justyna Robinson
(Universtiy of Sheffield)

5) Theme session on semantic roles and argument marking
Organizers: Seppo Kittilä (University of Helsinki) and Fernando Zúñiga
(University of Zürich)

Registration for the conference is still open: The final date for electronic
is May 25, 2008.

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