image "Bag of Words" (taken from Wikimedia Commons)
interdisciplinary workshop on philosophy, psychology, and linguistics.
Dates: September 20th–21st, 2010
Carmen de la Victoria,University
of Granada, Spain
Borg (University of Reading)
Casasanto (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Evans (University of Bangor)
Lalumera (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Margolis (University of British Columbia)
McNally (Pompeu Fabra University)
Vigliocco (University College London)
Weiskopf (Georgia State University)
Research Group FFI2008-06421-C02
the University of Granada: Juan José Acero, José Luis Liñán, Fernando
Martínez Manrique, José Manuel Palma, Miguel Ángel Pérez Jiménez
the University of Valladolid: Juan Luis Barba, Juan Bautista Bengoetxea,
Mª de la
Concepción Caamaño, Cristina Corredor, Teresa Solias
-from the University of the Basque Country: Agustín Vicente, Begoña
José Acero, José Luis Liñán, Fernando Martínez Manrique, José Manuel Palma
of the workshop:
of the key elements in the relation between language and thought is the
relation between words and concepts, i.e., between the basic elements
from the lexico-linguistic sphere and the elements that are typically
regarded as the basic constituents of a significant part of our mental
life. There are a number of fundamental questions that are currently debated
in this respect:
1) Do concepts correspond to word meanings? Or is there a difference between
linguistic meaning and conceptual content? If there is such a difference
and it is psychologically real, which is the relation between both levels
of representation? Do the normative aspects of concepts pose a problem
for their naturalization?
2) If word meanings are actually concepts, what kind of concepts are they?
Are the structured elements or rather, as some authors contend, conceptual
atoms? If they are structured, what kind of structure is it, and what
sort of internal compositional relations are allowed? Is it plausible
to conceive of a plurality of conceptual kinds?
3) Are words mere labels for pre-existent concepts, or is it possible
to create new concepts from purely linguistic mechanisms? How are linguistic
differences reflected in the respective lexical acquisition processes?
4) Do the speakers of different languages have different conceptual repertoires
in virtue of their linguistic differences? If this is so, what sort of
differences are they, and what is their significance?
We believe that the nature of the issues invites a markedly interdisciplinary
approach, especially from philosophy, psychology, and linguistics. So
the aim of this workshop is to provide a forum of discussion for researchers
in the three areas.
Updates about the workshop, as well as additional information on accommodation
and travel, will be posted at this website
information about the workshop can be requested from the contact person:
de Filosofía I, Edificio Psicología
by fax: (+34) 958248981
by e-mail: fmmanriq <<at>> ugr.es