Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CFP: Distributed language group

Grounding language in perception and (inter) action
A Symposium of the Distributed Language Group

June 4-6, 2009
Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts USA

Abstracts due December 3, 2008
The following invited speakers have agreed to participate in the Symposium:
Philip Carr, Département d'anglais, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier,France
Carol Fowler, Haskins Laboratories and Department of Psychology, Universityof Connecticut, Storrs, USA
Bruno Galantucci, Haskins Laboratories and Department of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, USA
Alexander Kravchenko, Department of Foreign Languages, Baikal National University of Economics and Law, Irkutsk, Russian Federation
Nigel Love, Department of Linguistics, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Robert Port, Departments of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, IndianaUniversity, Bloomington, USA
Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi, Department of Cognitive Psychology, University ofWarsaw, Poland, and University of Bologna, Italy
Paul Thibault, Department of Linguistics and Media Communication, Agder University, Kristiansand, Norway
Guy Van Orden, Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, USA

Organizers: Bert Hodges (Gordon College) and Stephen J. Cowley (Universityof Hertfordshire)


Abstracts due December 3, 2008
We invite original papers that contribute to the conference theme, Grounding language in perception and (inter) action.
Papers should address language(or conversing) as situated in the context of interaction, action, andperception, or, more strongly, as distributed, dialogical, and directed (i.e., intentional, normative) modes of interaction, perception, and action.
Papers may be theoretical, empirical, interpretive (e.g., reviews), and/or methodological in their focus. We especially invite papers that address ecological and dynamical accounts of perception, action, and language.
For more information about our objectives, topics, and speakers, etc., see following pages.
Paper sessions will be either about 50 minutes or 25 minutes in length. Ample time should be left for discussion. In other words, papers should be about 20 or 40 minutes long.
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate requests for preferred length, but we will take it into account in organizing the program.
Abstracts of 300- 450 words are due December 3, 2008. They will be reviewed by at least two readers and you will be notified by January 2, 2009 of theiracceptance or not. If you need to know sooner if your paper will beaccepted, please notify one of the organizers.
Send abstracts to: or
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The Distributed Language Group (DLG) is an international, grass-roots group of scholars from a variety of disciplines (e.g., linguistics, psychology,artificial intelligence, philosophy, anthropology) that have come together to develop creative and viable alternatives to conventional accounts of language (e.g., formal, cognitive, structural) in linguistics and related disciplines. For those desiring to participate who are new to DLG, consulting the special issue of Language Sciences (2007, 29, 5), edited byStephen Cowley, may provide a starting point for contributing to our ongoingdiscussion.

Our first conference was held at Cambridge University in 2005 with the theme of "Cognitive dynamics in language" and was hosted by Stephen Cowley. In 2007 Paul Thibault hosted us at Agder University College in Grimstad, Norway in a symposium entitled "Language dynamics and the phenomenology of individual experience." Some of the papers presented at the Cambridge conference were published as a special issue of Language Sciences (2007, 29). In addition there have been several other conferences(e.g., language and robotics, external symbol grounding) and publicationssponsored by DLG that are mentioned on the group's webpage,

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