Call for Papers: Linguists’ Day of the LSB 2018 (25 May, ULiège)

The annual Linguists’ Day of the LSB (Linguistic Society of Belgium) will be organized this year on Friday 25 May 2018 at the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres of the Université de Liège.

Abstracts

Lectures (20’ presentation + 10’ discussion) can deal with any linguistic topic and can be given in one of the three national languages (Dutch, French, German) or in English. Abstracts (max. 500 words, without references) should clearly indicate the subject, the objectives, the used data and method and the (provisional) results. All abstracts can be submitted until Saturday 21 April 2018 to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cbl20180.

Before 1 May 2018 you will be informed about acceptance of your abstract.

Venue

All activities (lectures and lunch) will take place in the central building

(A1) of the City Centre Campus of the University of Liège, located Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. It is at a walking distance from Liège-Palais train station.

TEC operates regular services from Liège-Guillemins train station to the city centre. Get off at the “Opéra” stop and follow Place de la République française and Rue de l’Université, which lead to Place du 20 août. Note that you can charge your MOBIB-card to pay your bus fares.

Attendance

Attendance is free of charge (this holds for members and non-members). If you want to give a lecture you must be a member of the LSB. This means that you have to be registered on the website and have paid your contribution –€ 40 if you wish to obtain the latest volume of the Belgian Journal of Linguistics for 2018, € 20 without.

Award

Like we did last year the board will be organizing the Best Paper Presentation Award for doctoral students. If you wish to participate make sure you mention it when you submit your proposition.

Important dates:

  • 21 April 2018: deadline submission abstracts
  • 1 May 2018: notification of acceptance
  • 18 May 2018: deadline registration lunch
  • 25 May 2018: Linguists’ Day

Organization:

Lot Brems
Dominique Longrée
Nicolas Mazziotta
Julien Perrez
Laurent Rasier
Marie Steffens
An Van linden

Scientific committee:

Miriam Bouzouita (UGent), Timothy Colleman (UGent), Bert Cornillie (KU Leuven), Walter Daelemans (UAntwerpen), Philippe De Brabanter (ULB), Sabine De Knop (USL), Gert De Sutter (UGent), Patrick Dendale (UAntwerpen), Thomas François (UCLouvain), Alex Housen (VUB), Marie-Aude Lefer (UCLouvain), Nicolas Mazziotta (ULiège), Fanny Meunier (UCLouvain), Tanja Mortelmans (UAntwerpen), Julien Perrez (ULiège), Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (KU Leuven), Martina Temmerman (VUB), Johan van der Auwera (UAntwerpen), An Van linden (ULiège), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (KU Leuven), Gudrun Vanderbauwhede (UMons)

 

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Babel: the language magazine

Populariserend tijdschrift over taal, misschien een interessante publicatiemogelijkheid voor BeNeCla-leden:

Read, teach from, or write for Babel – The language magazine?

Babel – The language magazine (www.babelzine.com) is a quarterly language magazine, launched in 2012 and edited by academics at the University of Huddersfield, but aimed at non-specialist readers from around the world, bringing news and research about language and linguistics in an accessible and colourful format, both print and digital. Articles cover a vast array of language lovers’ lore, taking in languages from around the world, the past, present and future of language, and the many different uses of linguistics in the world around us. In addition to feature articles, there are regularly recurring features including Ask a Linguist, Meet the Professionals, Languages of the World, Lives in Language, Language Games and more.

For an issue guide spanning all issues since 2012, see the Babelzine website, which also features a free sampler issue and the equally freely accessible inaugural issue.

Would you like to read Babel, and/or use it in teaching? Start reading from £23 a year (European rate) for an online-only subscription, or get your institution to take out an institutional subscription (from £69) which will allow everyone within the institution to access the online version, using a log-in and password.

Better still, would you like to contribute to Babel, writing about your own research topics in a different way and for a different — almost certainly much larger — audience? Get in touch with the editors to discuss your ideas at editors@babelzine.com. Detailed guidelines for contributions of different types are available in the FAQ section of the Babel website. The longest type of article (the feature article) typically has a word count of between 2,500 – 3,500 words.

http://www.babelzine.com
https://www.facebook.com/Babelzine/
https://twitter.com/Babelzine

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Call for Papers: CogLingDays 8, Louvain-la-Neuve (13-14 December 2018)

The CogLing Days are the biennial conference of the Belgium Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association (www.benecla.com). The 8th CogLing Days will be held at the Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, on December 13th and 14th 2018 (www.cogling2018.wordpress.com).

We welcome contributions reporting on recent research in the various strands of cognitive linguistics or other cognitively inspired usage-based approaches to language.

Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, including references, and should mention the main research question(s), methodology, data and (expected) results. Abstracts can be submitted for an oral presentation (20’ + discussion time) or a poster and will be reviewed anonymously. We also welcome theme session proposals. Please submit via Easychair
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cogling8
. You will be required to paste your abstract in the text box and to upload a pdf of your abstract. Please indicate your preference for an oral presentation or a poster.
The conference languages are English, Dutch and French.

Proposals for theme sessions (max. 500 word description + (tentative) titles and names of participants) should be submitted by 15 April 2018 to cogling8@uclouvain.be. When the theme session is accepted, individual abstracts should also be submitted via Easychair by 15 May 2018.  If your abstract is part of a theme session, please add the theme session title to your paper title.

Submission deadline proposals for theme sessions: 15 April 2018
Submission deadline abstracts: 15 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: 2 July 2018
Contact: Cogling8@uclouvain.be

Plenary speakers:
Elma Blom (Universiteit Utrecht): How different experiences modulate the cognitive effects of bilingualism in children
Bert Cappelle (Université de Lille): Come in / Entrez: An invitation to corpus-based research in motion typology
Silva Ladewig (Europa-Universität Viadrina): Integrating Gestures. Cognitive grammar multimodal

Organising committee:
Barbara De Cock (Université catholique de Louvain)
Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain)
Gaëtanelle Gilquin (Université catholique de Louvain)
Sara Jonkers (Université catholique de Louvain)
Julien Perrez (Université de Liège)
Kristel Van Goethem (F.R.S.-FNRS & Université catholique de Louvain)

Scientific committee:
Audring Jenny (Universiteit Leiden)
Brems Lot (Université de Liège)
Brône Geert (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Colleman Timothy (Universiteit Gent)
Cornillie Bert (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Crible Ludivine (Université catholique de Louvain)
De Brabanter Philippe (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
De Knop Sabine (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles)
De Smet Hendrik (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Enghels Renata (Universiteit Gent)
Feyaerts Kurt (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Foolen Ad (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Geeraerts Dirk (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Gras Pedro (Universiteit Antwerpen)
Koutsoukos Nikolaos (F.R.S.-FNRS & Université catholique de Louvain)
Lauwers Peter (Universiteit Gent)
Lemmens Maarten (Université de Lille 3)
Meunier Fanny (Université catholique de Louvain)
Michaud Maturana Daniel (Zuyd University of Applied Sciences/Université catholique de Louvain)
Petré Peter (Universiteit Antwerpen)
Pizarro Pedraza Andrea (Université catholique de Louvain)
Rasier Laurent (Université de Liège)
Sambre Paul (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Sanders Ted (Universiteit Utrecht)
Stukker Ninke (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Suñer Muñoz Ferran (Université catholique de Louvain)
Van Krieken Kobie (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Van Leeuwen Maarten (Universiteit Leiden)
Van linden An (Université de Liège)
Vandelanotte Lieven (Université de Namur)
Vanderbauwhede Gudrun (Université de Mons)
Verhagen Arie (Universiteit Leiden)
Verspoor Marjolein (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

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Call for Papers: Specialized Seminar & pre-seminar workshop “Bringing into Being: Multimodality and cognition in interaction” (24-25 June 2018)

We are pleased to announce a Specialized Seminar scheduled to take place on Monday June 25th 2018 at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, hosted by the School of English. The theme of the seminar is “Bringing into Being: Multimodality and cognition in interaction”. A pre-seminar workshop in gesture studies and multimodal analysis will be offered on Sunday June 24th. Event website: https://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/english/research/bib-conference/bringing-into-being-workshop.aspx

Plenary speakers:
• Prof. Cornelia Müller, Chair for Language Use and Multimodal Communication, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
• Associate Prof. Thomas Wiben Jensen, Centre for Human Interactivity, Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark

Bringing into Being
What role do multimodal resources – head and hand gestures, facial expressions, eye-gaze patterns and posture shifts – play in the gradual processes of linguistic expression and discourse that characterise our everyday interactions? Which cognitive processes are activated or enabled during such interactive episodes, and how do these processes help people collaborate to achieve communicative and interpersonal goals in social and professional communication? The theme “Bringing into being” provides the opportunity to address this encounter between multimodality and cognition in interaction. This specialized seminar will therefore be a forum for sharing analyses, discussing findings, and building theories relevant to several fields, including but not limited to gesture studies, multimodal interaction, face-to-face spoken/signed discourse, cognitive linguistics and cognitive science.

Call for papers
We invite contributions from researchers working within any theoretical or methodological perspective that attends to the mutlimodal, interactive or conceptual processes involved in language use and embodied interaction. Twenty-minute oral presentations that report original research related to the theme of the seminar may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive approaches to language and gesture
  • Multimodal approaches to grammar
  • Gesture and conceptualisation
  • Metaphor/metaphoricity in interaction
  • Thinking for speaking/gesturing/interacting
  • Multimodality in pragmatics and discourse
  • Experimental studies of gesture and cognition
  • Types, forms and functions of gestures/interactive configurations
  • Gesture/sign language interface

It is hoped that an array of perspectives and contexts can be addressed, such as with data from:

  • Social and workplace settings
  • Contexts of first and second language acquisition
  • Cross-cultural and intercultural perspectives
  • Situated activity and multiactivity settings
  • Multimodal corpora of various sizes and scales
  • Perspectives from cognitive-neuroscience

Submission of Abstracts
Please prepare your abstracts following these guidelines:

  • 300 words maximum
  • At the bottom of the abstract, please include four to six keywords and a list of the references cited in the abstract (keywords and references are not included in the word count; references in APA format).
  • Names and affiliations of the author should not appear in the abstract, but should be clearly indicated in the accompanying email.
  • For formatting, please use Times New Roman 12 point, single space, and save in .doc.
  • Submit abstracts by the deadline by email to bringingintobeing@nottingham.edu.cn  and include ‘abstract submission’ in the subject of the email

Deadline for abstract submission: February 28 2018
Notification sent to applicants: March 2018
Registration for seminar opens: April 2018

If you are outside of China and plan to submit an abstract and/or attend the seminar, please use the above email address to express your interest as soon as possible to the organisers, who will brief you on the necessary VISA application process.

Pre-seminar workshop
A pre-seminar workshop on Gesture Studies and Multimodal Analysis, run by the local organizing committee, is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday 24th June. Topics to be addressed include recurrency in language and gesture; multimodal aspects of grammar; form, organization and function of gesture in (embodied) interaction; gesture and cognition; methodological issues and tools in gesture studies/multimodal analysis; building multimodal corpora.

Conference Venue
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university. It is located in Ningbo, one of China’s major ports and economic centers in Zhejiang province. Ningbo is a rapidly growing city, ranked in the top ten of cities for business in China by Forbes, it is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment.  It is well connected for national and international travel, for example, with Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong all less than three hours away (by train/plane).

Scientific Committee

  • Dominique Boutet (Université de Rouen-Normandie, Laboratory Dylis)
  • Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amstedam & Moscow State Linguistic University)
  • Vito Evola (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Jeannette Littlemore (University of Birmingham)
  • Renia Lopez (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Leland McCleary (Universidade de São Paulo)
  • Lorenza Mondada (Univeristy of Basel)
  • Aug Nishizaka (Chiba University)
  • Magdalena Rybarczyk (University of Nottingham Ningbo China)
  • Jürgen Streeck (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Steven Schoonjans (KU Leuven and Universität Innsbruck)
  • Hannah Svensson (Univeristy of Basel)
  • Dawei Wei (University of Nottingham Ningbo China)
  • Jordan Zlatev (Lund University)

Local Organising Committee

  • Chair: Simon Harrison
  • Co-chair: Yu-Hua Chen
  • Margaret Gillon Dowens
  • Dan Shi
  • Michael Paul Stevens
  • Candace Veecock
  • Stephanie Zhao

For all enquiries, please email bringingintobeing@nottingham.edu.cn.

Funding and partners
This knowledge exchange activity is organized in connection with the Corpus of Chinese Academic Written and Spoken English (CAWSE) (https://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/english/research/cawse/cawse-corpus.aspx). A Conference Hosting Support Scheme grant was awarded by the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (University of Nottingham Ningbo China). Our other partners include:

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2nd Call for Papers: 3rd Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (13–15 July 2018, Toronto, Canada)

The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics, in cooperation with OCAD University and Ryerson University, is pleased to announce The Third Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS3—2018), to be held on 13–15 July 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: iacs-2018.org

Contacts
– Peter Coppin <pcoppin@faculty.ocadu.ca>
– Jamin Pelkey <jpelkey@ryerson.ca>

Confirmed Plenary Speakers
• Eve Danziger, University of Virginia, US
• John M. Kennedy, University of Toronto, Canada
• Kalevi Kull, Tartu University, Estonia
• Irene Mittelberg, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
• Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon, US
• Göran Sonesson, Lund University, Sweden

Conference Theme: MULTIMODALITIES
This non-restrictive theme is intended to encourage the exploration of pre-linguistic and extra-linguistic modes of semiotic systems and meaning construal, as well as their intersection with linguistic processes.

Cognitive Semiotics investigates the nature of meaning, the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of human beings, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. To better answer such questions, cognitive semiotics integrates methods and theories developed in the human, social, and cognitive sciences.

The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS, founded 2013) aims at establishing cognitive semiotics as a trans-disciplinary study of meaning. More information on the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics can be found at: http://iacs.dk

The IACS conference series seeks to gather together scholars and scientists in semiotics, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, psychology and related fields, who wish to share their research on meaning and contribute the interdisciplinary dialogue.

Topics of the conference include (but are not limited to):

– Biological and cultural evolution of human cognitive specificity
– Cognitive linguistics and phenomenology
– Communication across cultural barriers
– Cross-species comparative semiotics
– Evolutionary perspectives on altruism
– Experimental semiotics
– Iconicity in language and other semiotic resources
– Intersubjectivity and mimesis in evolution and development
– Multimodality
– Narrativity across different media
– Semantic typology and linguistic relativity
– Semiosis (sense-making) in social situations
– Semiotic and cognitive development in children
– Sign use and cognition
– Signs, affordances, and other meanings
– Speech and gesture
– The comparative semiotics of iconicity and indexicality
– The evolution of language

We invite abstract submissions for theme sessions, oral presentations and posters. Please select your chosen format along with your submission.

Submission Guidelines and Formats

1. Theme sessions (deadline was extended to 16 December 2017)
• Submit session title, name and affiliation of convener; input brief session abstract (150 words); upload session introduction of up to 400 words explaining the theme, plus all full-length abstracts in suitable order.
• Sessions may consist of 3–5 papers (90–150 min.) and should alow time for general discussion. Papers in each theme session should be thematically linked.
• Submission should also indicate whether a session not accepted as a whole should have each abstract reconsidered as individual presentations (oral or poster).

2. Oral presentations (deadline extended to: 5 January 2018)
• Submit title, name, affiliation, key terms; input brief abstract (150 words); upload full abstract (300–400 words).
• Prepare a 20-minute presentation followed by 7 minutes of discussion

3. Posters (deadline extended to: 5 January 2018)
• Submit title, name, affiliation, key terms; input brief abstract (150 words); upload full abstract (250–300) words.
• Prepare a 1-minute oral presentation in the main lecture hall, preceding the poster session.

All full abstracts should be uploaded as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, or .odt, attachments using EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iacs32018

In order to submit an abstract you must use your existing EasyChair account or register using the link above. Further instructions can be found on the EasyChair site and on the IACS 2018 conference website: iacs-2018.org/wordpress

Post-Conference Publishing Opportunities
Two publication outlets are reserved in advance for revised IACS3 papers following the conference.
– Edited Book Collections: Anthropology of Language series, Oxford: Berghahn, http://bit.ly/2uHaKvw

– Special Themed Double Issue: The American Journal of Semiotics 35.1–2, http://bit.ly/2x2V6aC

Please contact Jamin Pelkey <jpelkey@ryerson.ca> for more information about either of these two opportunities.

Important Dates

• Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters): 5 January 2018

• Notification of acceptance (oral presentations, posters): 28 February 2018

• Last date for early registration: 5 May 2018

IACS3 participation may be combined with attendance at the next international ‘Language, Culture, and Mind’ conference, which will be held in the neighboring Denison, Ohio, on 17-19 July 2018: https://conferences.denison.edu/lcm8/

Local Organizing Committee
• Peter Coppin, OCAD University
• Jamin Pelkey, Ryerson University
• Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Ryerson University
• Dana Osborne, Ryerson University
• Ambrose Li, OCAD University
• Richard Rosenbaum, York University

About OCAD University (OCAD U) and Ryerson University
OCAD University is a historic art and design university with a student body of 6,000, next-door to the colossal Art Gallery of Ontario and a few blocks east of Chinatown; Ryerson is an vibrant, city-centric university with a student body of 39,000 skirting Dundas Square (Toronto’s response to Times Square) and environs.

The city of Toronto
Known internationally as the world’s most diverse city, Toronto is the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. Situated along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, it is a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower.
Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park, to the 400-acre High Park and its trails, to its sports facilities and zoo.

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Call for Papers: Metaphor Festival Amsterdam (30 August – 1 September 2018)

Amsterdam, 30 August – 1 September 2018

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam is delighted to announce that the next Metaphor Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 30 August through 1 September 2018.

The Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression. It offers an opportunity to present and learn about research findings concerning figurative uses in different types of communication, and their cognitive, cultural, narrative, poetic, rhetorical, political, social, textual or discourse functions and effects.

Please go to http://metaphorlab.org/metaphor-festival/metaphor-festival-18/ for the full call for papers.

Deadline for submissions is 15 March.

We hope to see you in Amsterdam!

The organising committee

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Deadline extension: International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind – LCM 8 (17-19 July 2018)

The Eight International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind (LCM 8) will be held on 17-19 July, 2018 at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, USA. The conference theme is: Ecologies of Language and Mind.

Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission: 1st of February 2018

Plenary speakers:
• Lorraine Code, Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto, Canada
• Dan Everett, Departments of Global Studies and Sociology, Bentley University, Waltham, USA
• Harry Heft, Department of Psychology, Denison University, Granville, USA
• Asifa Majid, Center for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Submissions (individual papers and symposia) are welcome on any theme relevant to the interdisciplinary study of language, culture and mind, including (but not limited to):

– ecological conceptions of language, culture, and mind
– biological and cultural co-evolution
– comparative study of communication systems
– cognitive and cultural schematization and semantic
– emergence of language in ontogeny and phylogeny
– language and intersubjectivity
– language in multi-modal communication
– language and thought, emotion and consciousness
– language, culture and identity

For abstract submission, go to conferences.denison.edu (starting October 15th, 2017).
The deadline for abstract submission is January 1st, 2018.

About LCM (http://bacon.umcs.lublin.pl/~lcm/)
Human natural languages are biologically based, cognitively motivated, affectively rich, socially shared, grammatically organized symbolic systems. They provide the principal semiotic means for the complexity and diversity of human cultural life. As has long been recognized, no single discipline or methodology is sufficient to capture all the dimensions of this complex and multifaceted phenomenon, which lies at the heart of what it is to be human. In the recent past, perception and cognition have been the basis of general unifying models of language and language activity. However, a genuine integrative perspective must also incorporate the intersubjective dimension of cultural symbols, cultural norms and cultural practices. LCM conferences articulate and discuss approaches to diverse genres of language activity which aim to understand their cultural, social, cognitive and bodily foundations. LCM conferences welcome contributions from scholars and scientists in anthropology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, semiotics, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive and neuroscience, and from other disciplines, who wish both to impart their insights and findings, and learn from other disciplines.

Important dates
• Deadline for abstract submission (EXTENDED!): 1 February, 2018 
• Notification of acceptance: 1 March, 2018
• Deadline for early registration: 15 April, 2018
• Deadline for registration: 1 June, 2018

Young Researchers Workshop
LCM conferences are accompanied by a one-day Young Researchers’ Workshop, where students, graduate and undergraduate, as well as early career researchers can present their research and receive feedback from peers and from more experienced researchers. The LCM Young Researchers’ Workshop will be held on July 16th, 2018.

About Denison University
Denison is a leading college of liberal arts and sciences where students from around the world come to pursue academic inquiry and research, to analyze and solve problems, and to forge the skills needed to succeed. Its beautiful, fully residential campus, is located in Granville, Ohio, just 35 minutes outside of Columbus, Ohio. For more information, see: www.denison.edu.

The International LCM organizing committee
• Barbara Fultner, Denison University, Philosophy (chair of the local LCM 8 committee)
• John Lucy, University of Chicago, Comparative Human Development and Psychology
• Ana Moreno-Nuñez, Nanyang Technological University‎, Singapore National Institute of Education
• Aliyah Morgenstern, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, Linguistics
• Esther Pascual, Zhejiang University, Spanish Language and Culture, and Linguistics
• Vera Silva, University of East Anglia, Linguistic Anthropology
• Chris Sinha, Hunan University, Cognitive Science, School of Foreign Languages
• Crystal Tian Zhen, Hunan University, Cognitive Science, School of Foreign Languages

For additional information, please contact: lcm2018@denison.edu.

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