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Full Title: Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science

   
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Start Date: 24-Jan-2013 - 26-Jan-2013
Contact: Mihailo Antovic
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Meeting URL: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7t76nGaeJqmUTZnRndEaFFheFE/edit
Meeting Description: Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science
Interdisciplinary conference at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

This conference is organized by Mihailo Antović (University of Niš) and Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas (University of Murcia), as part of their project Towards a Cognitive Oral Poetics: Traditional Epic and Cognitive Linguistics, funded by a Tandem Fellowship in Linguistics and Literary Studies of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.

The Parry-Lord theory of oral composition in performance was arguably the major breakthrough in classics and oral tradition studies in the 20th century. The so called ‘cognitive revolution’ has probably been the most important movement cutting across all the sciences of the mind for the past one hundred years, maybe more. Both paradigm shifts have an important point of coincidence: the idea that language learning and verbal creativity result from usage and performance, and build on general cognitive capacities and cultural context. The basic units of language and oral poetry are not a set of transformational or formal rules, but functional form-meaning pairs acquired through an instance-based process.

Oral poetics and Cognitive Science seeks to lay the foundations of a new discipline, Cognitive Oral Poetics, through an interdisciplinary conversation between researchers in oral poetics, empirical literary scholars, linguists and cognitive scientists. Presentations by our guest speakers will be addressed to a multi-disciplinary audience, and there will be ample time for discussion in the form of Q&A, roundtables, common lunches, etc. Our guest speakers so far are:

Egbert Bakker, Yale University, Department of Classics
Hans C. Boas, University of Texas at Austin, Departments of German and Linguistics
Anna Bonifazi, University of Heidelberg, Department of Classical Philology
Winfried Menninghaus, Free University Berlin, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature
Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Cognitive Science
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 24.256


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