19. Internationaler Linguistenkongress: The Language-Cognition Interface
International Permanent Committee of Linguists (CIPL), Schweizerische Sprachwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (SSG), Universität Genf
The International Congresses of Linguists (ICL) occurs every five years, under the governance of the International Permanent Committee of Linguists (CIPL). The last congress took place in Seoul, year 2008. The Société Suisse de Linguistique (SSL) candidated for the organization of the 19th congress, in 2013, in Ferdinand de Saussure’s city, one century after his death. Geneva was chosen for the venue, and the congress will take place there, from July 21 to July 27.2013, which falls exactly one hundred years after the death of Ferdinand de Saussure, affords a unique opportunity to look forward to the future of linguistics. Current research in every linguistic field shows that the link between linguistics and the cognitive sciences will significantly increase over the next decades. The emergence of non-invasive technologies for the observation of the brain, the change in statistical and experimental methods, the increasing amount of research in language acquisition and language pathology, as well as the more complex integration of pragmatic approaches to language use at the interface of syntax and semantics all point to an ever-growing link between language and human cognition. New interest has recently been sparked in such topics as the origins of language, and has given rise to a number of new hypotheses. Moreover, traditional domains of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, and synchronic and diachronic syntax now play an increasing role in cognitive studies, especially as related to questions of language acquisition.
The anniversary of Ferdinand de Saussure’s death will also be the opportunity to look back on the history of linguistics, particularly as concern the Saussure-Chomsky connection. Although one century is a short period in the history of the sciences, it is more than enough to honor the origins of what has become a mature scientific discipline.