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    Workshop "Explaining Productivity" - CALL FOR PAPERS
    Deadline 9 August, 2002

    Abstracts are invited for papers to be presented at the Workshop
    "Explaining Productivity", taking place at the 25th Annual
    Meeting of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS)in Munich
    (February 26 - 28, 2003)

    Workshop Organizer: Peter Bosch, Inst. of Cognitive Science,
    University of Osnabrueck

    One of the essential features of human language is its productivity:
    the built-in option for the construction of new forms - words,
    phrases, sentences, texts - derived on the basis of simple and complex
    forms already known, and new uses, functions, or meanings for these
    forms in new contexts.

    Classic Generative Grammar has gone a long way explaining the
    productivity of I-language (commonly under the name of "creativity")
    by means of recursion of categorial rules, and Formal Semantics -
    guided by the postulate of compositionality - has been equally
    successful on the semantic side. In combination with a theory of
    genetically determined Universal Grammar this model leaves however
    little room for the role of the individual's linguistic experience and
    for E-language.

    Over the past decade, and usually independently, approaches in
    Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Neuroinformatics, Computational
    Linguistics, Language Technology as well as in theoretically less
    committed approaches in descriptive linguistics, have worked on
    complementary models for the explanation of productivity that put less
    weight on categorial rules and instead focus on patterns of linguistic
    experience, quantitative data, and mechanisms for projecting
    linguistic knowledge to new contexts and situations that are inspired
    by analogy.

    There has been only little discussion across the boundaries of the
    approaches just sketched, and the discussion that there has been is
    limited to phenomena of Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax. The
    Workshop is interested in the semantic side of productivity - not in
    the sense of excluding matters of phonological, morphological and
    syntactic productivity, but in the sense of looking at their semantic
    aspects as well as at contextual and situational parameters.

    Topic areas and methodology for the Workshop:

    Indexicality, compositionality, semantics of word formation and
    derivation, semantics for "constructions", discourse semantics,
    language contact, language development, historical linguistics, The
    methodology of the workshop is explicitly interdisciplinary and
    presentations from Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Computational
    Linguistics, Neuroinformatics, are explicitly invited.

    Papers offered for presentation should be explicitly addressed at the
    question of how particular forms of semantic productivity are to be

    The presentation may be in English or German, although presentation in
    English is encouraged. Time for presentation will be 30 minutes
    (including discussion). A maximum of 15 papers can be accepted for the
    Workshop. Intending participants are warned that the regulations of
    DGfS explicitly exclude presentations by the same person at more than
    one of the workshops at the DGfS conference.

    Abstracts must not exceed one page A4 (12-point font, 2.5 cm margins),
    but references and materials may be attached on separate sheets (which
    will not be printed in DGfS's conference brochure but only in the
    workshop materials) and must be submitted as either ASCII or RTF
    documents (no PS or PDF because they may have to be reformatted).

    DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 9 August, 2002

    Please send your abstract by email to, Peter Bosch,
    Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck,
    Kolpingstr. 7, 49069 Osnabrueck, Germany, fon: (+49 541) 969 6224,

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