[lg policy] call: Cognitive Processes and Social Factors in Language Variation

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Mon Sep 12 13:19:44 UTC 2011

Cognitive Processes and Social Factors in Language Variation

Date: 16-Sep-2011 - 17-Sep-2011
Location: Berne, Switzerland
Contact: Ruprecht von Waldenfels
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.csls.unibe.ch/content/workshop2011/index_ger.html

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Cognitive Processes and Social Factors in Language Variation and Change
(Bern University, September 16-17, 2011)

The aim of the workshop is to bring together two traditionally
distinct lines of research related to the study of variation in
language use, one being concerned with social factors and the other
one dealing with individual cognitive mechanisms. In this context,
theoretical approaches and empirical results on the interplay of both
sets of factors are of particular interest, e.g., the social
modulation of cognitive processing in linguistic interaction, or the
individual mediation of societal influences on language use.

The workshop is jointly organized by linguists from the Romance,
Slavic, German and General Linguistics departments. It is intended as
a small-scale 2-day meeting that brings together experienced and
novice colleagues from different countries.

Confirmed guest speakers:

Holly Branigan (University of Edinburgh)
Morten H. Christiansen (Cornell University)
Dirk Geeraerts (Universiteit Leuven)

For further information and contact details please visit the workshop website:


Confirmed Guest Speakers:

Holly Branigan (Edinburgh)
Morten H. Christiansen (Cornell)
Sue Fox (London)
Dirk Geeraerts (Leuven)
David Hornsby (Kent)
Lesley Milroy (Michigan/Oxford)
Martin Pickering (Edinburgh)

Friday, Sept. 16.

‘The whites have become black’? The linguistic consequences of
post-war migration in London
Sue Fox (London)

Cognitive and social factors in the acquisition of variation in adult
second language learners
Andrea Ender (Freiburg i. Br.)

The interactive-alignment theory of dialogue and its implications
Martin Pickering (Edinburgh)

The acquisition of subject use in Russian: individual variation in
children and caretakers
Sabine Stoll (Zürich)
Roland Meyer (Regensburg)

Friday 14.30–15.00
The emergence of na as a copula in Nigerian Pidgin
Maria Mazzoli (Padova)

Concretization in grammatical change
Marius Zemp (Bern)

When person becomes volitionality: Evidence for a diachronic
transition from pronominalizing to epistemic verbal systems
Manuel Widmer (Bern)

Language evolution as language change
Morten H. Christiansen (Cornell)

Saturday, Sept. 17

The nature of syntactic alignment in interactive language use:
Theoretical explanations and experimental evidence
Holly Branigan (Edinburgh)

Factors of intra-speaker variation in subjunctive-form choice in Swiss
German dialects
Constanze Vorwerg (Bern)
Michael Schümann (Bern)

Intragenetic typology of Slavic aspect using a parallel corpus
Ruprecht von Waldenfels (Bern)

Cognitive semantics and lexical dialectometry
Dirk Geeraerts (Leuven)

Swimming against the tide? Dialect divergence in Northern France
David Hornsby (Kent)

Construction of spatial structures through verbal variation and
manipulation of agentivity
Ekaterina Golovko (Bologna)

PP vs. NP remnants in English ellipsis
Joanna Nykiel (Sosnowiec)

Why are some sound changes more accessible than others? Different social
dynamics of sound change and some cognitive implications
Lesley Milroy (Michigan/Oxford)

Cognitive processes and social factors in language variation and change
International workshop
September 16/17, 2011
Bern University
Unitobler (Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern)
Room: F-123


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