[Elsnet-list] speech conference, Kalisz, Poland

Janusz Badio janusz at badio.com.pl
Fri Mar 23 09:27:16 CET 2007

Speech: production, reception, processes

17-18 November 2007

This is the first conference organised by the Unit of Human Cognitive 
Resources of the Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts of Adam Mickiewicz 
University in Kalisz. The goal of the conference is creating a forum for 
discussions of the processes involved in the production and reception of 

Below I would like to present some aspects of the main topic of the 

    The study of speech (spoken language) is already well-known in 
linguistic tradition. One can mention: The Theory of Speech Acts (Searl and 
Austin), Interactional Sociolinguistics (Gumperz and Goffman), The 
Ethnography of Communication (Mathesius, Hymes), Pragmatics (Grice, Leech), 
Conversation Analysis (Sacks) or Variation Analysis (William labov).

The contemporary edition of the Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written 
English edited by Prof. Douglas Biber reflects the need to distinguish 
writing from speech. The need results from the agreement that processes of 
speech production and reception are important from the point of view of 
linguistic theory in general. The interest in speech and its uniqueness is 
also reflected in the term the grammar of speech. This leads us to questions 
such as: what kind of grammar is it; what units does it have; and how are 
they different from the ones we have known for centuries

    Recently, corpus linguistics has become crucial from the point of view 
of the methodology of language studies, and in particular the methodology of 
speech studies. Corpora and specialist software (Sara, Xaira, 
WordSmithTools) are very useful in allowing access to real life data.

Speech is accompanied by various processes. I will point out only some of 
them: planning, configuring the argument-predicate structures, conceptual 
and phonetic chunking, blending, selection, mental scanning, predicting or 
figure/ground organisation.

    In many cases the general topics and terms as well as units acquire 
special meaning when we realise that our subordinate task is the discussion 
of the processes involved in speech production and reception.

Conference languages are Polish and English


The abstracts of presentations should contain up to 500 words and should be 
sent to the organiser (see below) by 30 June 2007. The presentations should 
not exceed the time limit of 30 minutes including discussion.


The conference venue is WPA UAM, Kalisz 62-800, Poland

Konferencja odbedzie sie w gmachu WPA UAM w Kaliszu, ul. Nowy Swiat 28-30, 
62-800 Kalisz

The conference fee is 200 PLN (Polish zlotych) (1 euro is approx. 4 zlotych) 
and must be paid to the university bank account:

Wydzial Pedagogiczno-Artystyczny UAM w Kaliszu

Ul. Nowy Swiat 28-30

WBK o/Kalisz

Nr: 2610 90 11 28 0000 0000 12 01 56 44


On the date of arrival, in which case, the conference fee is 250 zlotych. Th 
conference fee does not include food and accomodation. Participants who will 
require accomodation in Kalisz are asked to contact the organizer (see 
below). The cost per night in a student’s hostel is approx. 30 pln (about 8 

Prof. dr hab. Szymon Wróbel
dr Janusz Badio

Unit of Human Cognitive Resources, UAM (Adam Mickiewicz University)
ul. Nowy Swiat 28-30,

62-800 Kalisz

mailto:jbadio at uni.lodz.pl

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