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LINGUIST List 20.2706

Fri Aug 07 2009

Calls: Cog Sci, Ling & Lit, Pragmatics, Semantics/Poland

Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett <brunettlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Alina Kwiatkowska, Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric

Message 1: Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric
Date: 05-Aug-2009
From: Alina Kwiatkowska <akwiatuni.lodz.pl>
Subject: Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric
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Full Title: Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric

Date: 28-Jan-2010 - 30-Jan-2010
Location: Lodz, Poland
Contact Person: Alina Kwiatkowska
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2009

Meeting Description:

Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric
28-30 January 2010
University of Lodz, Poland

Organized by the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association (PTJK),
with the Chair of the English Language and Applied Linguistics
and the Chair of English and General Linguistics at the Institute
of English Studies, University of Lodz, Poland

The organizing committee: Prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk,
Prof. Alina Kwiatkowska,
Prof. Krzysztof Kosecki,
Dr Sylwia Dżereń-Głowacka,
Dr Kamila Ciepiela

The plenary speakers will include:
Gerard Steen, Vrije University, Amsterdam
Joanna Gavins, University of Sheffield
Zoltan Kovecses, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
Yeshayahu Shen, Tel Aviv University
Kurt Feyaerts, University of Leuven
Charles Forceville, University of Amsterdam
Craig Hamilton, Universite de Haute Alsace
Elzbieta Tabakowska, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Poland has a strong tradition of research in cognitive linguistics; particularly in Lodz (the second biggest city in Poland) we have organized a series of well-attended conferences focusing on the main areas in the field. In 2003 the University of Lodz awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Ronald Langacker.

The aim of the present conference is discussing the recent developments in Cognitive Poetics and Cognitive Rhetoric. Broadly speaking, Cognitive Poetics (also called Cognitive Stylistics) applies the insights from cognitive linguistics to the analysis of texts. Both the theoreticians and the practitioners of Cognitive Poetics point out its importance for literary studies, where it can become an effective analytical tool; but we firmly believe that it can also give direction to the study of non-literary texts, especially those in which language has been used in some creative way (as in advertising, linguistic humour, etc.), as well as the study of visual images or music.

Call for Papers:

Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

-Metaphor and metonymy as basic cognitive mechanisms (the use of novel metaphors in both literary texts and a range of non-literary discourses in public and interpersonal communication; the literalization of metaphors; synaesthetic metaphors; pictorial and multimodal metaphors; corpus-based studies of metaphorical patterns in texts);
-The mechanism of conceptual and formal blending;
-Mental imagery and its reflection in language (the figure/ground distribution of information, and the reversal of the figure/ground pattern; the manipulation of the point of view);
-The use of frames, scripts and mental schemas in conceptualization;
-The linguistic construal of text worlds;
-The novel linguistic categorization of reality; etc.
-Linguistic devices and strategies used by the authors of literary, political, or media messages with the aim of affecting the readers'/recipients' conceptualizations, altering their perspective and way of thinking.

Close to this approach to texts is Cognitive Rhetoric, which we see as focusing on the study of linguistic devices and strategies used by the authors of literary, political, or media messages with the aim of affecting the readers'/recipients' conceptualizations. We are therefore also interested in the papers examining readers' responses to texts, and the potential of texts to alter our perspective and way of thinking.

The deadline for outline proposals is 15th November 2009. Please send your abstracts of up to 300 words, accompanied by your name and institutional affiliation, in the .doc or pdf format, to akwiatuni.lodz.pl. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 23 November.

The Conference Fee:

-Early registration - until 14th Dec. 2009: General 130 Euro, Grad. students 80 Euro
-Late registration - 15 Dec. 2009 - 17 Jan. 2010: General 150 Euro, Grad. students 100 Euro

For further details please contact akwiatuni.lodz.pl; sglowackauni.lodz.pl. The website for the conference will be available in September.

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