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LINGUIST List 17.154

Tue Jan 17 2006

Calls: Belgian Journal of English Language and Literature

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Keith Carlon, Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures

Message 1: Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures
Date: 17-Jan-2006
From: Keith Carlon <carlonilv.ucl.ac.be>
Subject: Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures

Full Title: Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2006

Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures

Call for papers

Thematic Issue (New Series 4, 2006) - Common Sense(s)

The thematic issue of BELL 2006 will focus on "common senses". This is,
obviously, a broad theme which offers many possible approaches. First there
is "common sense", the idea of a "healthy" approach to life, and the notion
of "native wit". But normality can also become imperative (and imperialist)
in its imposition of a norm.

More specifically in the context of the problematic issue of "Englishness",
contributors may tackle the question of "common sense" as an English
ideology and/or empirical discourse that functions as the 'Other' of
continental/theoretical models. 'Common sense' can also be linked to the
idea of a commonweal (state) and its common wealth; the history of the
Commonwealth may fit here too. The concept of commonness also has an
emotional component, as the common can be charming or irksome. Interactions
between the traditional versus the "original" can be envisaged here too. Of
course there is also the tension between the "common" versus the "élitist";
every culture has its in-built hierarchies.

Inspired by the above, researchers in ELT may want to address the following
questions and related issues. How do we delineate or define communality?
How is it formed by certain traits in communication? How do communication
and communion relate? How do the insider and the outsider experience "a
common culture"? How are the reactions to the uncommon pictured, the common
and its liminalities? Researchers in Critical Discourse Analysis are also
aware that "common sense" is problematic as unthematized ideologies are at
work in texts.

The five senses, of course, cover a wide field.

-There is the question of "taste" in its many meanings: when are manners,
arrangements, interactions, in good /bad taste? Though the Romans
maintained that "de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est", we can and
do dispute matters, not only concerning taste and colours but also in the
other senses.
-What about the implied hierarchy in the senses? Is not the optical often
less important than the auditory, tactile, gustatory, olfactory?
-Sensory perception is a matter of shades; is it possible to delineate
sensitivity, sensibility, sensuousness, sensuality etc?
-The literary space used to be described in terms of topoi, like the
pleasant and the terrible place (locus amoenus, locus terribilis), in which
the senses were very important. Are contemporary authors still inspired by
these motifs?

For linguistics, too, the subject can be approached in many ways.

-One could look at the power of cognitive verbs.
-How do "sense and sentence" relate?
-Working with thesaurus categories can reveal interesting questions;
-the verb or noun sense can be investigated, sense relations, sense and
-Saussurean 'sense'
-How do we make sense of corpus data ?
-And, finally, the sense of language differences is interesting to us all,
from whichever disciplinary or subdisciplinary point of view, such as
pragmatics, functional grammar, discourse and genre analysis.

The aim is to chart these possible enquiries and assess their importance
from the perspectives of ELT, linguistics and literature.

Any questions about submitting an article to BELL 2006, and the submissions
themselves, should be directed to the BELL managing editor, Keith Carlon

Deadline for articles for the thematic issue of BELL 2006 - 'Common
Sense(s)': 15 February 2006

Keith Carlon
Managing Editor BELL
Université catholique de Louvain
Traverse d'Esope 1
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

Tel: 32 010/47.92.61
Sec: 32 010/47.43.64
Fax: 32 010/47.43.66

Website: http://www.ulb.ac.be/philo/baahe/NewBell.html
Publisher: http://www.academiapress.be

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