February 18-19, 2007
The City College of New York
New York, New York
Yishai Tobin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford University)
The Columbia School is a group of linguists developing the theoretical framework originally established by the late William Diver. Language is seen as a symbolic tool whose structure is shaped both by its communicative function and by the characteristics of its users. Grammatical analyses account for the distribution of linguistic forms as an interaction between hypothesized linguistic meanings and contextual, pragmatic and functional factors such as inference, ease of processing, and iconicity. Phonological analyses explain the syntagmatic and paradigmatic distribution of phonological units within signals, also drawing on both communicative function and human physiological and psychological characteristics.
For information and submission of the pre-registration form, please contact Nancy Stern.
The support of The Columbia School Linguistic Society is gratefully acknowledged
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Selected Columbia School bibliography:
Contini-Morava, Ellen, Robert S. Kirsner, and Betsy Rodriguez-Bachiller (eds.). 2005. Cognitive and Communicative Approaches to Linguistic Analysis. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Contini-Morava, Ellen, and Barbara Sussman Goldberg (eds.). 1995. Meaning as Explanation: Advances in Linguistic Sign Theory. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Huffman, Alan. 1997. The Categories of Grammar: French lui and le. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Huffman, Alan. 2001. "The Linguistics of William Diver and the Columbia School." Word 52:1, 29-68.
Reid, Wallis. 1991. Verb and Noun Number in English: A Functional Explanation. London: Longman.
Reid, Wallis, Ricardo Otheguy, and Nancy Stern (eds.). 2002. Signal, Meaning, and Message: Perspectives on Sign-Based Linguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Tobin, Yishai. 1997. Phonology as Human Behavior: Theoretical Implications and Clinical Applications. Durham: Duke U Press.