The Language, Culture and Mind conference series…
…aims at establishing an interdisciplinary forum for an integration of cognitive, social and cultural perspectives in theoretical and empirical studies of language and communication.
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 should also involve such essential modalities of human action as: empathy, mimesis, intersubjectivity, normativity, agentivity and narrativity. Significant theoretical, methodological and empirical advancements in the relevant disciplines now provide a realistic basis for such a broadened perspective. This conference will articulate and discuss approaches to human natural language and to diverse genres of language activity which aim to integrate its cultural, social, cognitive and bodily foundations. We call for contributions from scholars and scientists in anthropology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, semiotics, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive and neuroscience, who wish both to impart their insights and findings, and learn from other disciplines.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- biological and cultural co-evolution
- comparative study of communication systems
- cognitive and cultural schematization in language
- emergence of language in ontogeny and phylogeny
- language in multi-modal communication
- language and normativity
- language and thought, emotion and consciousness
- LCM I: Integrating Perspectives and Methodologies, Portsmouth, England, 18-20 July, 2004.
- LCM II: Integrating perspectives and methodologies in the study of language, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris, France, 17-20 July 2006.
- LCM III: Social Life and Meaning Construction, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark, 14-16 July, 2008.
- LCM IV: Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, 21-23 June 2010.
- LCM V: Integrating Semiotic Resources in Communication and Creativity, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, CECC-FCH, Lisbon, Portugal, 27-29 June 2012
The next, 6th edition will be held in Lublin, Poland at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University from 23 to 26 June, 2014.