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Full Title: Socio-Cultural Factors in Style

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Start Date: 05-Feb-2014 - 06-Feb-2014
Contact: Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The Research Group in Stylistics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest ( is inviting linguists to the international conference ‘Socio-cultural factors in style’, due to take place in Budapest, 5-6 February 2014.

The conference is aimed primarily at functional cognitive linguists with an interest in stylistics. Its central topic is the functions of socio-cultural factors in style. Functional cognitive linguistics produces complex usage-based descriptions, foregrounding the motivations behind specific construals of meaning in intersubjective usage events. Fundamental factors of a functionally oriented description of dynamic semantics and grammar include discourse, speech situation, conceptualizer perspective and the dynamic relation between schema and instantiation. The present conference focuses on the stylistic components of linguistic variability.

From a functional cognitive perspective, style is an aspect of discursive meaning derived from particular modes of construal and symbolization. Style can be studied from multiple vantage points and at varying levels of abstraction. Besides the stylistic potential of language and the stylistic structure of particular discourses or discourse types, socio-cultural factors can be explored with a view to the more or less conventionalized social functions of linguistic expressions in a speech community. Looked at in this way, style is a function of the norms of socially based interpersonal relations, and it is attributed to linguistic expressions in specific usage events. Socio-cultural factors of style include the domains of attitude, situation, value (value saturation vs. deprivation), time (archaism vs. neologism), and language varieties.

The conference focuses on three large, closely related issues:

1) The functional cognitive theory and methodology of the study of style
2) The general features of socio-cultural factors in the functional system of style; linguistic variability and stylistic variables based on socio-cultural factors
3) Socio-cultural variables of style as instantiated in particular discourses

The conference aims to reinterpret basic issues and raise new questions in stylistic research, with special regard to the following:

1) Developing an integrated theory and methodology for studying the cognitive and socio-cultural underpinnings of language, to be applied to stylistic research
2) Exploring the implications of cognitive semantics and pragmatics for the study of style
3) Harmonizing the style-related concepts and results of sociolinguistics and cognitive linguistics
4) Investigating the language- and culture-specific features of style in the theoretical and methodological framework of cognitive linguistics

The language of the conference is English.

The registration fee is EUR 80,00 payable by bank transfer.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Willie van Peer
Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 24.4539

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