From: Rafal Glowacz <rulfointeria.pl>
Subject: Cognitive Perspectives on Contrastive Grammar
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Full Title: Cognitive Perspectives on Contrastive Grammar
Short Title: CPoCG
Date: 26-Sep-2011 - 27-Sep-2011
Location: Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Contact Person: Rafal Glowacz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.wseh.pl/konferencjaCPCG
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Semantics
Call Deadline: 15-May-2011
The conference is arranged under the auspices of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association.
Poland has a long and rich tradition of contrastive studies, which dates back to Prof. Fisiak and his colleagues’ Contrastive English-Polish Contrastive Grammar Project in the 1970-s and Prof. Krzeszowski’s important contributions in the 1980s, culminating in the publication of his Contrasting languages: the scope of contrastive linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter 1990). Although Krzeszowski’s monograph contains a chapter on cognitive linguistics and contrastive studies, most of his work is still heavily influenced by the then dominating generative paradigm, the particular version of which he himself called Contrastive Generative Grammar. Since over twenty years have passed since Krzeszowski’s seminal publication and cognitive grammar has reached a new level of theoretical maturity and sophistication and has now acquired an almost mainstream status in linguistics, we believe that the time has come to go back to contrastive studies and see how they can be practiced within this new, modern cognitive framework. So the general aim of the conference is to discuss various ways in which CG methodology and insights can be used to elucidate and explain various kinds of contrasts between languages, starting from morphology and lexical semantics all the way to syntax, pragmatics and discourse.
The main areas of interest for the conference are:
- Comparing analytic and synthetic resources of languages
- Inflexion vs. phrase and sentence grammar
- Cognitive equivalence?
- Morphology vs. phrasal constructions
- Representing lexical contrasts between L1 and L2
- Comparing idioms as constructions
- Different construals, different grammars
- Conceptual equivalence vs. categorial contrasts
- Different metonymies, different constructions
- Different metaphors, different constructions
- Representing structural and functional contrasts between L1 and L2
- Phrasal, sentential and other constructions in the world's languages
- Contrasts in functional and pragmatic components of constructions
- Grammaticalization in contrastive grammar
1) Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza (University of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain): The Equipollence Hypothesis at Work: Enhancing Descriptive Complexity and Explanatory Adequacy in Systematizing Contrasts across Languages at Various Levels of Linguistic Inquiry.
2) Mario Brdar (University of Osijek, Croatia) and Rita Brdar-Szabo (Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary): Metonymic Networks, Subjecthood, and Topic Continuity across Languages: When Tiers Collapse and Chains Break
3) Boguslaw Bierwiaczonek (The College of Economics and Humanities in Bielsko-Biala, Poland): Contrasting Constructions
Call for Papers:
Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, including references. They should reflect the soundness of argument, substance of content, and relevance to cognitive linguistics and contrastive grammar — the three criteria on which acceptance decisions will be based.
Presentations for the general session will be allotted 25 minutes, with 20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts should be e-mailed to Rafal Glowacz at rulfointeria.pl by May 15, 2011.
Prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (University of Lodz, Poland)
Prof. Mario Brdar (University of Osijek, Croatia)
Prof. Rita Brdar-Szabo (Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary)
Prof. Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza (University of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain)
Prof. Elżbieta Mańczak-Wohlfeld (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland)
Prof WSEH.Boguslaw Bierwiaczonek (The College of Economics and Humanities in Bielsko-Biala, Poland)
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