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LINGUIST List 22.364

Fri Jan 21 2011

Calls: Semantics/Poland

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

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        1.     Iwona Kraska-Szlenk , Body in Language

Message 1: Body in Language
Date: 18-Jan-2011
From: Iwona Kraska-Szlenk <bilconf.orientuw.edu.pl>
Subject: Body in Language
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Full Title: Body in Language
Short Title: BiL

Date: 21-Oct-2011 - 22-Oct-2011
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Contact Person: Iwona Kraska-Szlenk
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.orient.uw.edu.pl/web-kjika/events/106-body

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2011

Meeting Description:

Topics to be covered include:

-The coding and categorization of body parts in different languages
-Polysemy and semantic change of body part terms
-Body part terms in conceptualization of abstract concepts
-Grammaticalization of body part terms
-Expressing emotional concepts through their 'embodiment'
-Cultural values associated with body part terms
-The use of body parts (gestures) in communication

Conference organizers:

Matthias Brenziger (University of Cologne) & Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (University of Warsaw)

Invited keynote speakers (in the lexicographic order):

Alexandra Aikhenvald (James Cook University, Australia), topic: ‘Mind, Body and Spirit: on Meanings and Functions of Body Part Terms in the Languages of the Sepik Area, Papua New Guinea’
Jerzy Bartmiński (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University), topic to be announced
Bernd Heine (University of Cologne), topic: ‘The Human Body as Template in the Evolution of Grammar’

The registration fee for the conference will be 50 euro. For more information, please contact the following web page:


Call for Papers:

The conference will accommodate papers with descriptive, as well as theoretical perspectives with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of the linguistic categorization of the body and its parts and the role this domain plays in languages of the world. The conference will also host a special session on African languages. The papers will have the form of oral presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions).

Please send abstracts (a named version and an anonymous version, preferably in the pdf format) at: bilconf.orientuw.edu.pl. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, but a separate page with references may be added. Abstracts and papers should be in English.

Abstracts' deadline: March 15th, 2011; abstracts' notification: April 15th, 2011.

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