LINGUIST List 30.949

Thu Feb 28 2019

Calls: Cog Sci, Historical Ling, Lang Acquisition, Ling Theories, Socioling/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 24-Feb-2019
From: Henri Kauhanen <>
Subject: Symposium on Representations, Usage and Social Embedding in Language Change
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Full Title: Symposium on Representations, Usage and Social Embedding in Language Change
Short Title: RUSE 2019

Date: 20-Aug-2019 - 21-Aug-2019
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Henri Kauhanen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Apr-2019

Meeting Description:

Different theories and models attribute linguistic variation and change to different causes. Currently, significant tension exists between approaches that explain variation and change in terms of a parametric approach to the structure of grammar and the language learner’s interaction with primary linguistic data, and approaches that instead derive variation and change from usage effects and the social embedding of language. The two-day long symposium is devoted to addressing this tension in an effort to arrive at a better understanding of the status quo of research on language variation and change, and to outline the most fruitful ways forward towards formal models that make quantitative, empirically testable predictions.

Keynote speakers:

Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, University of Manchester
Richard A. Blythe, University of Edinburgh
Janet B. Pierrehumbert, University of Oxford

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for both oral (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion) and poster presentations. Questions to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

- What role do abstract representations play in language change?
- How do acquisition and usage interact to produce patterns of variation and change?
- How can acquisition and usage effects be detected in diachronic data?
- What role do frequency effects play in language change?
- What is the basic replicator in the cultural evolution of language?
- How can social network theory inform models of linguistic variation and change?
- What is the effect of individual lifespan change on variation and change on the level of the speech community?
- How can current mathematical and computational models of variation and change be scaled up towards more linguistic and sociological realism?
- Is a unified approach to language change, incorporating both a theory of representations and a theory of usage, necessary to fully explain variation and change? Is such an approach possible, in principle?

Both theoretical/computational and empirical contributions are welcome, as is work in progress. Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format and a maximum of 2 A4 pages in length (1 page text, 1 page figures, examples and references). Submissions are peer-reviewed (double blind) by an international panel of experts.

Deadline for submissions: 22 April 2019
Notification of acceptance: late May 2019

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