LINGUIST List 33.2283

Fri Jul 15 2022

Calls: General Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Psycholinguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 08-Jul-2022
From: Yvonne Portele <>
Subject: 45th DGfS AG16: Creativity and routine in sentence production
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Full Title: 45th DGfS AG16: Creativity and routine in sentence production

Date: 08-Mar-2023 - 10-Mar-2023
Location: Cologne, Germany
Contact Person: Yvonne Portele
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2022

Meeting Description:

Sometimes, speakers and writers are creative when producing sentences. Creativity may surface, for example, by choosing non-canonical word orders, by using non-canonical voice, or by producing marked or unexpected referential expressions. More often, however, speakers and writers show routine behavior and do not exploit creative options, but rather stick to canonical and unmarked choices. Priming - the tendency of speakers to reuse items and structures that have been processed recently - is a prominent phenomenon tying together creativity and routine (e.g. MacDonald, 2013; Pickering and Garrod, 2013). On the one hand, researchers are using priming to increase the probability of using creative structures. On the other hand, priming outside of the laboratory may strengthen language routines.
The aim of our workshop, which is part of the 45th annual meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), is to identify, discuss, and compare factors promoting linguistic creativity at different levels of sentence production. These include linguistic factors (e.g., givenness, topic status, thematic roles, phonological weight, rhythm), but also non-linguistic factors (e.g. animacy, perceptual salience). These factors, which often come under the names of prominence, accessibility, or salience, may be at work unconsciously, but can also be put to use voluntarily, for example to avoid repetition in written and spoken production or even to provoke irritation in poetic language use.

Questions to address include:
- How do speakers/writers cope with the tension between boring but simple and creative but complex language use?
- How do particular communicative situations and intentions favor or disfavor creativity and routine?
- What are language-specific and/or cross-linguistic means to realize linguistic creativity?
- What are the cognitive mechanisms underlying creative and routine language use?
- Do individual speakers/writers differ in being linguistically creative?

MacDonald, Maryellen C. 2013. How language production shapes language form and comprehension. Frontiers in Psychology 4:226.
Pickering, Martin J. & Simon Garrod. 2013. An integrated theory of language production and comprehension. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36(04). 329-347.

Workshop coordinators:
Yvonne Portele (, Markus Bader ( (Goethe University Frankfurt), Isabelle Franz ( (MPI for Empirical Aesthetics)

Call for Papers:

Possible topics of our workshop are conceptual, syntactic, prosodic/rhythmic or information-structural influences promoting creativity or routine in language production. We welcome abstracts on any of the topics listed above. Theoretical, corpus and experimental contributions are welcome.

Abstracts should be anonymous and at most 2 pages in length, 12pt, examples and references included. Examples, tables and figures should be interspersed within the text. Please send your abstracts electronically in PDF-format to, and include your name, affiliation, and the title of the abstract in the body of the e-mail. The talks will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion.

Workshop information:
Please note that the regulations of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) do not allow workshop participants to present two or more papers in different workshops. However, you are allowed to be named co-authors in more than one presentation.
A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income.

Important dates:
Deadlines for abstracts: August 15, 2022
Notification: September 10, 2022

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