"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
Within cognitive poetics, the close stylistic analysis of literary texts has been relatively neglected in favour of more conceptual aspects of worlds, framing, foregrounding and deictic positioning. More broadly in cognitive literary studies, the centrality of textuality and texture is also in danger of being forgotten. This symposium welcomes discussions applying different aspects of cognitive and construction grammars to the analysis of literary texts and readings.