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Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Chris Wellekens

3-3-7 (2015-10-15) Young Researchers in Sciences of Language, Laboratory Praxiling, University of Montpellier, France

Young Researchzers in Sciences of Language


Laboratory Praxiling, University of Montpellier, France


Call for papers: CJC2015

« Trace(s) »

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The aim of this 9th edition is to bring together researchers interested in the notion of the trace, from theoretical and methodological perspective in various disciplines. The term trace raises both by its multiple meanings and by its recurring presence in the scientific literature. While trace is a common term used in everyday language, the apparent straightforwardness of its meaning hides a number of complex questions in the literature about the contextualization of the term. These questions are all the more relevant in the digital age where the trace is playing an increasingly important role in IT environments (review Intellectica, No. 59). To begin with, an epistemological questioning calls for a multidisciplinary approach. In 2002, A. Serres drew up an inventory of possible meanings of the term trace (as a marker, as an clue) and discussed its presence in literature, linguistics and philosophy. His approach constitutes a solid basis for our thinking. Serres also reviewed intrinsic links between trace and memory (Ricoeur) and trace and writing (Derrida). Secondly, this notion of trace is omnipresent in the field of Linguistics and can be found at all levels of research (epistemological, pragmatic and praxeological). Therefore, it is worth revisiting, at a methodological level, the practices of identification, creation, exploitation and conservation of objects of research, considered as traces of this research : what about the positioning and choices of young researchers on data collection, analysis of corpus, archiving ?

Phonetics and phonology: If we consider sound as a trace in the elastic medium represented by the air, it is worthwhile discussing the notion of the trace in relation to the acoustic signal. In fact, sound traces the acoustic signal thanks to the articulatory gestures. Those gestures can be altered by a communication disorder which will leave a number of traces in the speech. Finally, in the voice, other traces can be observed allowing one to identify the speaker’s gender or his/her emotions.

Language acquisition, didactics and language learning: In the learning process, the target language acquisition is based on existing knowledge and skills that will be progressively transferred from the source language. Therefore, various traces of the first language can be found in the second language, reflecting different levels of the language: linguistics, pragmatics or sociocultural.

Written communication: In the written communication, the participants are not in a situation of co-presence. Therefore, we can talk about a delayed communication that seems to be an interesting subject for discussion. Indeed, the written communication fits into the framework of elaboration and conservation of the traces. As this communication mode is not subject to the constraints that are tied up with the speech flow, it allows backtracking, corrections or erasing all of which may be studied by the researcher. Finally, the four basic operations of substitution (addition, removal, substitution and displacement) can also be detected thanks to their graphic traces.

Digital communication: When considering interactions within the computing environment, it is impossible not to include traces which result from the usage of these devices. Indeed, every user or machine profile leaves a binary line (internet identity). This binary line constitutes a form of digital writing which contributes to a synchronous and an asynchronous communication. This raises several questions related to the trace: its acquisition, its development, its visualization, its archiving, its annotation, its suppression and its recovery.

Language processing: Language processing is essential when it comes to make use of the trace, recover it, repair it or rebuild it. To intercept the trace, researchers create algorithmic models in the form of procedures using a software architecture that will run a program on one or more computers, on condition that those computers are connected together via social networks or internet. These models are developed with adjustable variables allowing to specify the task through the gathered trace. Therefore, we will be able to work with the trace: cut or label it, define its structure, evaluate its meaning, contextualize or generate it.

Contributions from the following areas of linguistics will be considered with the utmost attention: Syntax, Morphology, Semantics, Pragmatics, Phonetics, Phonology, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition, TAL, etc. Proposals combining theoretical reflections and naturally occurring data will be particularly appreciated.

Submission: Submitted abstracts should be 800 words long (excluding references and tables). The deadline for our call for papers is March 31st 2015. Submissions must be made via EasyChair: Proposals will be reviewed anonymously by two members of the Scientific Committee. Notification of acceptance will be communicated in May.

Registration: Registration should be made via Azur Colloque :

Fees: Standard registration – early : 70 EUR (on or before September 1st, 2015) Standard registration – regular : 80 EUR (after September 1st, 2015) Visitor registration – early : 80 EUR (on or before September 1st, 2015) Visitor registration – regular : 90 EUR (after September 1st, 2015)

Registration fees include: Access to all sessions / Coffee breaks / Lunch

Scientific committee forthcoming

Planning committee:

Ivana Didirkova

Nada Jonchère

Nathalie Matheu

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