LINGUIST List 15.951

Sat Mar 20 2004

FYI: Lakoff in Beijing; Ling Closes at Durham

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  1. Dr Thomas Li, Professor George Lakoff Offers Series of Lectures in Beijing
  2. S.J. Hannahs, Closure of Linguistics at the University of Durham

Message 1: Professor George Lakoff Offers Series of Lectures in Beijing

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 16:56:52 +0800
From: Dr Thomas Li <lifuyinpublic.qd.sd.cn>
Subject: Professor George Lakoff Offers Series of Lectures in Beijing


Dear All,

Prof George Lakoff will give a series of ten lectures in Beijing. The
host university is Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(BUAA). Reception will also be offered by Peking University, Tsinghua
University, Beijing Normal University, and Beijing Foreign Studies
University. The topics and venues are attached below. All lectures are
open to the public, and are free. All are welcome!

Thomas Fuyin LI, PhD
Professor of Linguistics

Research Institute for Foreign Languages &
Department of Foreign Languages
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA)
37 Xue Yuan Rd, Haidian District, Beijing.
P.R. China, 100083
Fax:(86)-10-8231-6233
E-mail: thomaslifuyinhotmail.com


Beihang Linguistics Lecture Series

Speaker: George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, University of
California at Berkeley.

Host University: Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(BUAA)


Lecture One:

April 9, Friday; 9:00 - 11:30 am, Ruxin International Conference
Center , BUAA.

Topic: Generative Semantics: The Background to Cognitive Linguistics
Generative semantics was an early attempt to unite logic and
transformational grammar. It failed, because both logic and
transformational grammar failed. This lecture will discuss what it was
and the reasons why transformational grammar and logic failed. Their
failure laid the groundwork for cognitive linguistics.

Lecture Two:

April 9, Friday, 2:30 - 5:00 pm, Ruxin International Conference
Center, BUAA

Topic: Cognitive Semantics: The Basic Mechanisms of Thought
An overview of cognitive semantics: image-schemas, frames, metaphor,
metonymy, prototypes, mental spaces and blends.

Lecture Three:

April 10, Saturday, 9:00 - 11:30 am, Ruxin International Conference
Center, BUAA

Topic: Cognitive Semantics: The Basic Mechanisms of Thought
Detailed discussion on specific issues.

Lecture Four:

April 10, Saturday, 2:30 - 5:00 pm, Ruxin International Conference
Center, BUAA

Topic: Cognitive Semantics: The Basic Mechanisms of Thought 
Detailed discussion on specific issues.

Lecture Five:

April 11, Sunday, 9:00 - 11:30 am, Ruxin International Conference
Center, BUAA

Topic: Constructions: The Structure of Grammar
A discussion of constructions, beginning with the class of
there-constructions in English.

Lecture Six:

April 11, Sunday, 2:30 - 5:00 pm, Ruxin International Conference
Center, BUAA

Topic: The Neural Theory of Language
All the mechanisms of cognitive linguistics fit together at the neural
level. This is an introductory overview of NTL, an introduction to
what mirror neuron research contributes to the notion of what a
concept is, and an introduction to the theory of cogs.

Lecture Seven:

April 13,Tuesday,9:00 - 11:30 am, Lecture Hall 103, TB4, Beijing Normal
University.

Topic: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor
This lecture is about how we can use metaphor "to show how our minds
get hold of the world"."The intellectual adventure begun in Metaphors
We Live By is here extended with the verve and resourcefulness we'd
hoped for"

Lecture Eight:

April 13, Tuesday, 2:30 - 5:00 pm, Sir Run Run Shaw Hall, Beijing
Foreign Studies University.

Topic: The Implications for Philosophy
How cognitive linguistics changes the idea of what philosophy is.

Lecture Nine:

April 14,Wednesday, 2:30 - 5:00 pm, Science Buldg, 207,Peking
University.

Topic: Political Linguistics
The application of cognitive linguistics to political analysis in
America.

Lecture Ten:

April 15, Thursday, 2:30 - 5:00 pm, Tsinghua University.

Topic: Overview
An overall picture of cognitive linguistics, what it means, and where
it is going.

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Message 2: Closure of Linguistics at the University of Durham

Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 07:42:31 -0500 (EST)
From: S.J. Hannahs <s.j.hannahsdurham.ac.uk>
Subject: Closure of Linguistics at the University of Durham


Dear All,

During the summer of 2003 we posted information to the LinguistList
concerning the threatened closure of Linguistics at the University of
Durham. Now that the dust has settled, we wanted to take this
opportunity to thank the community of linguists for the support and
solidarity you have shown us over the intervening months and for the
very large number of letters and e-mails sent to university
administrators. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

The University Executive Committee of the University of Durham did, in
the end, decide to close the Department of Linguistics & English
Language. The reasons for this decision are still not entirely clear,
but appear to be political rather than academic or financial. Four of
the linguists affected by this decision, Anders Holmberg, Maggie
Tallerman, Martha Young-Scholten and S.J. Hannahs, are being
transferred to the School of English Literature, Language &
Linguistics of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, effective from
August 2004. The future of our remaining colleagues is uncertain.

For further information and links to Newcastle's programme please see

http://www.dur.ac.uk/Linguistics/closure.html 
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