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Full Title: Construal and Grounding

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Start Date: 16-Oct-2014 - 17-Oct-2014
Contact: András Imrényi
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Meeting Description: Construal and Grounding

International conference, due to take place in Budapest, 16–17 October 2014, organized by DiAGram Research group in functional linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest,

The activation of archetypical concepts (of things, relations) and their integration in higher-order conceptualizations (e.g. of scenes) are mediated by schematic relational concepts, anchored to the ground in the conceived current discourse space. Grammatically speaking, the construal of nouns and verbs in the clause is effected by the use of grammatical elements, via grounding, in context. The main goal of the conference is to investigate, from a functional cognitive perspective, the semantic structure of grammatical elements and their combination with lexical elements in the clause; more generally, the constructional functions, pragmatic and discourse relations of grammatical and lexical elements.

The theme of the conference allows both a function-to-form and a form-to-function approach, the former taking the conceptual structures to be expressed and the latter the morphosyntactic grammatical elements as its point of departure.

The conference aims to provide a forum for sharing novel results of cognitive, constructional research on construal and grounding, with special regard to languages with rich inflectional and derivational morphology.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Frank Brisard (Universiteit Antwerpen): Epistemic issues in the interaction between tense and aspect
Tuomas Huumo (Turun yliopisto): Time, blending, and metaphors of motion
Laura Janda (Universitetet i Tromsø): Possession in North Saami: Rich Morphology in Competition with an Analytic Construction
Péter Pelyvás (Debreceni Egyetem): The theory of epistemic grounding and Hungarian

Registration fee, general: EUR 90,00, students: EUR 60,00, payable by bank transfer. The registration fee covers admission to the programme, conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches and the welcome reception.
Linguistic Subfield: Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 25.2329

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