End of ADS-L Digest - 17 Dec 1993 to 18 Dec 1993 ************************************************ There is one message totalling 85 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Replies (fwd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1993 06:41:42 -0600 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Replies (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sat, 18 Dec 93 23:54:25 EST From: Jay Lemke To: language-culture[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cs.uchicago.edu Subject: Replies Doug and others on LangCult, I have high hopes for discussions on this list! Starting with the easy stuff: _Functions of Language_ is a new journal from John Benjamins pub- lishers. It is being edited by a group in Belgium on behalf of a consortium of various sorts of people interested in language in use in its functional contexts, for both theoretical and practi- cal issues. It aims to be an international journal for functionalist approaches to the study of language in its broadest, pre-structuralist, pre-MIT sense. I think it also aims to help document the future of the post-structuralist, post-MIT study of language. Names associated with the new journal which will give an idea of its range: Michael Halliday, Frantisek Danes, Jan Firbas, Ronald Langacker, Michael Silverstein, Anna Wierzbicka, Robert de Beaugrande, Wolfgang Dressler, and a number of people whose names might be less well known in this forum, but who represent educational and computational linguistics, as well as representatives from Japan, China, South Africa, and a good cross-section of (mostly northern at this point) Europe. I would imagine people on this list might find FoL a congenial place to publish some of their work. You might also want to see if your library has gotten in a subscription yet. Personal sub- scriptions are being kept to a reasonable US45 per year. For info on the journal, John Benjamins NA in Philadelphia has FAX 215- 836-1204. You can reach the editorial group through Kristin Davidse, Dept of Linguistics, U of Leuven, Belgium; email: KD%USERS%LW[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CC3.KULEUVEN.AC.BE If you are on Bitnet without a reliable internet link, as some people I know still are, try Dirk Noel in Antwerp: NOEL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BANRUC60.bitnet The third gateway is A.-M. Simon-Vandenbergen, U of G(h)ent: VDBERGEN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ENGLLANG.RUG.AC.BE These people are also hosting two smallish international confer- ences next August in Gent and Antwerp (back to back); info from same individuals. As to sources on the theory of complex self-organizing systems, those of you tuned to PEIRCE-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TTUVM1.bitnet lately will have had an earful already. My own approaches derive from readings of the original source literature in physics, chemistry, and biology, rather than from the interpretations of Maturana and Varela. I can send a paper that describes my view of these issues and cites many of these sources for anyone interested (ref. Cultural Dynamics paper). Of the sources mentioned on PEIRCE-L, I would particularly recommend the new Salthe book: Stanley N. Salthe, DEVELOPMENT AND EVOLUTION: COMPLEXITY AND CHANGE IN BIOLOGY (MIT Press, 1993). The well-known Prigogine and Stengers, _Order out of Chaos_ is also useful for the less-than-biological systems of physics and chemistry, but should be complemented with something on "Chaos" theory (start with James Gleick, then get serious) in physics. My paper, or Salthe, (or my new draft ref. CUNYPSY paper) will help sort out the relations among the various perspectives. I'll get to the issues of the transcript and its analysis in a separate posting. JAY. JAY LEMKE. City University of New York. BITNET: JLLBC[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CUNYVM INTERNET: JLLBC[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU