Confs: Cognitive Sci, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Neuroling, General Ling/Italy

2nd International Symposium on Figurative Thought and Language
Short Title: FTL2015

Date: 28-Oct-2015 – 29-Oct-2015
Location: Pavia, Italy
Contact: Annalisa Baicchi
Contact Email:
Meeting URL: http://tba

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Symposium on Figurative Thought and Language (FTL2), which will be held at the Department of Humanities of the University of Pavia, Italy, from 28 to 29 October 2015.

Building on the success of the 1st International Symposium on Figurative Thought and Language organized by Prof. Angeliki Athanasiadou in Thessaloniki in April 2014, this second edition of the International Symposium aims to bring into focus the centrality of conceptual metonymy, conceptual metaphor and metaphtonymy in language and in the reasoning processes. To this purpose, the symposium aims to gather scholars with an interest in cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience and the philosophy of the mind with a view to promoting interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue, to enhancing the study of figuration in different languages and cultures from a theoretical and an applied perspective and through diverse methodologies (e.g., experimental protocols, cross-linguistic comparison, synchronic and diachronic analyses, translation, corpus studies), and to fostering the dissemination of research results. More specifically, the symposium seeks to probe into the impact of figuration on levels of linguistic analysis (morphology, lexis, semantics, pragmatics), on areas of grammar, on various types of discourse (e.g., the discourse of economics, law, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology and psychotherapy), on the language of emotions. The working language of the symposium is English; submissions dealing with the above issues on languages other than English are encouraged.

The symposium will bestow the FTL Young Researcher Award (FTL-YRA) upon a deserving young researcher, who must be a doctoral candidate or a doctoral graduate within the five years prior to 30 June 2015. The paper must be an original unpublished investigation dealing with figuration. Only one work per candidate is admitted. The manuscript must be in English. The selection of the winning paper will be the responsibility of the Young Researcher Award Committee, which is appointed by the FTL2 scientific committee. The main selection criteria are the high scientific quality and relevance, and the level of argumentation. The award will consist of a monetary prize of 300 euros with a certificate of achievement that will be presented at the award ceremony.

Plenary speakers who have already confirmed their participation are:

Prof. Angeliki Athanasiadou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Prof. Mario Brdar, Osijek University, Croatia
Prof. Zóltan Kövecses, Eötvös-Loránd University, Hungary
Prof. Klaus-Uwe Panther, Nanjing Normal University, China
Prof. Günter Radden, University of Hamburg, Germany
Prof. Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibánéz, University of La Rioja, Spain

The first Call for Papers will be posted on 15 September 2014.

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