FW: [Kitu] CFP_Contexts of language

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Fri Mar 26 14:07:47 UTC 2010

Cognitively oriented Uralicists – please read this conference call!

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und
Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL) | Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
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Von: Tiina Onikki-Rantajääskö <tiina.onikki at helsinki.fi>
Datum: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:30:16 +0200
An: <langnet-kaikki at joyx.joy.fi>, <kitu at jyu.fi>
Betreff: [Kitu] CFP_Contexts of language

Contexts of Language: How to Analyze Context?

FiCLA (Finnish Cognitive Linguistics Association) and Adaptive
Informatics Research Centre of Helsinki University of Technology, Aalto
University organize the symposium ‘Contexts of Language: How to Analyze
Context?’ in Helsinki December 10-11, 2010. The official website of
symposium, with Call for Papers and other additional information, is to
be found at http://www.protsv.fi/ficla

Cognitive linguistics emphasizes the non-autonomous character of
language and grammar. Meaning is considered encyclopedic which means
that there is a continuum from language to its contexts unifying both
sociocultural as well as cognitive aspects of language. However, the
theoretical and methodological tools, models and concepts used in the
analysis of contexts still need clarification.

The notion of context is situated at the centre of a multidisciplinary
discussion. Although linguistic expressions are by necessity always tied
to context, the notion itself does not figure prominently in the
linguistic tradition, more specifically in grammatical approaches to
linguistic structure. However, during the past decade linguistics has
become more sensitive to the notion of context and the possible
contextual factors that influence in linguistic structure. The
acknowledgement of context and its pivotal role in language is one of
the key factors which have led to the branching of linguistic frameworks
and opened language for multidisciplinary approaches, for example
computational models such as SOMs (self-organizing maps), approaches to
language and evolution, analysis of the multimodality of language,
translational studies and various discourse oriented approaches among
others. Thus, one of the central contexts of language is the speech
situation and more broadly the whole sociocultural environment at large.
This notion of context is explicitly present in translational and
multilingual studies which stress the role of contextual factors.

The idea of the symposium is to bring together researchers working on
language and context at large.  We hope that the symposium can function
as a medium between different approaches and frameworks and facilitate
fruitful interdisciplinary discussion and possibly even open a venue for
multidisciplinary and international research prospects. Additionally, we
encourage participation of younger researchers in the international and
multidisciplinary dialogue between different fields of language studies.
We therefore welcome contributions addressing the notion of Context in
language studies from various perspectives and backgrounds including
theoretical, empirical and experimental approaches, ranging from studies
of lexical, functional and syntactical analyses to computational
approaches to context within and between languages. The conference aims
to promote discussion on the methods and models of the fine-grained
analyses of contextual features. Especially welcome are empirical and
case studies on the connection of language to its various contextual

Possible topics for papers include but are not restricted to the following:
-The role of context in linguistic theory
-Context and translational studies
-Orientation to the speech-situation (grounding) and interactional context
-Sociocultural settings of language and speech, social practices in text
and discourse production
-Intersubjectivity of meaning
-Intertextuality and genres as contexts
-Psycholinguistic studies of contextual processing
-Computational models of context in language
-The development of contextual factors of meaning in lexicalization or
-Embodiment of language, gestures, physical and spatial orientation in
-The interconnection between language/speech and action
-The relation between context, language and cognition

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 31, 2010 either
in English or Finnish. Additionally, the abstract should not exceed 500
words excluding data, tables and references. Please submit your abstract
by e-mail to jarkko.j.niemi[at]helsinki.fi . The body of the message
should include the following information: Name of the participant, title
of the presentation and affiliation. The abstracts will be evaluated by
the organizing committee. The participants will be notified about
acceptance by September 15, 2010. The book of abstract will be published
on the web page of the symposium. The languages of the symposium are
English and Finnish. For any additional information please contact
either tiina.onikki[at]helsinki.fi or jarkko.j.niemi[at]helsinki.fi.

Confirmed plenary speakers
-Marja Etelämäki (University of Helsinki)
-Timo Honkela (Helsinki University of Technology, Aalto University)
-Krista Lagus (Helsinki University of Technology, Aalto University)
-Mikko Sams (Helsinki University of Technology, Aalto University)
-Chris Sinha (University of Portsmouth)
Organizing committee
-Timo Honkela (Helsinki University of Technology, Aalto University)
-Lari Kotilainen (University of Helsinki)
-Aki-Juhani Kyröläinen (University of Turku)
-Jarkko Niemi (University of Helsinki)
-Jussi Niemi (University of Eastern Finland)
-Krista Ojutkangas (University of Turku)
-Tiina Onikki-Rantajääskö (University of Helsinki)
-Jouni Rostila (University of Tampere)

The deadline for registration is September 30, 2010. Please register by
e-mail jarkko.j.niemi[at]Helsinki.fi
Registration fees
General: 60€
Members of FiCLA: 40€

Finnish participants are requested to pay the registration fee to the
FiCLA bank account  Sampo 80001270761654. IF at all possible,
participants from abroad are also requested to pay the registration fee
in advance by using international bank transfer (Sampo Bank plc,
SWIFT-BIC: DABAFIHH,  IBAN FI2380001270761654). However, we can accept
payment in cash, in Euros, upon arrival if an international bank
transfer is not possible. However, we cannot accept credit cards of any
sort. Additionally, we kindly ask the participants to notify the
organizing committee if an international bank transfer is not an option.
Secondly, we would like to ask international participants to bring a
copy of the original transaction receipt with you and present it upon
arrival. Details about the conference dinner will be posted at a later

Symposium venue
Helsinki University of Technology, Aalto University

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