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LINGUIST List 17.2915

Fri Oct 06 2006

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Poland

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        1.    Sukriye Ruhi, Metaphors of Love and Anger: Implications for the Conceptualisation of Self


Message 1: Metaphors of Love and Anger: Implications for the Conceptualisation of Self
Date: 06-Oct-2006
From: Sukriye Ruhi <sukruhmetu.edu.tr>
Subject: Metaphors of Love and Anger: Implications for the Conceptualisation of Self



Full Title: Metaphors of Love and Anger: Implications for the Conceptualisation of Self

Date: 15-Jul-2007 - 20-Jul-2007
Location: Krakow, Poland
Contact Person: Sukriye Ruhi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Nov-2006

Meeting Description:

Call for Papers for a Theme Session: Metaphors of Love and Anger: Implications for the Conceptualisation of Self

The 10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 2007),
Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland, 15-20 July, 2007

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse
Analysis; Pragmatics


Call for Papers for a Theme Session: Metaphors of Love and Anger: Implications for the Conceptualisation of Self

The 10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 2007),
Jagiellonian University of Kraków, Poland, 15-20 July, 2007

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse
Analysis; Pragmatics

Co-organisers: Sükriye Ruhi, Yesim Aksan, Mustafa Aksan

Current theorising on self in social psychology, cross-cultural psychology and anthropology has proposed that self is a situated, culturally constructed object (e.g., Shweder and Bourne 1984). Research in social psychology, anthropology and other related disciplines have sought to ground the emergence of the 'constructed' self in cross-national variables such as individualism-collectivism, femininity-masculinity, and cultural philosophical models of the person (e.g., Kashima et al. 1995). Within this research, the study of the conceptualisation of emotions across languages and cultures has become a rich empirical field in understanding the varying conceptualisations of self in its relations to itself and the (social) environment (e.g., Mesquita 2001), especially in attempts to enhance our understanding of intercultural communication.

With its analytical tools rooted in the various fields of linguistics (e.g., lexical semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis), cognitive linguistics is in an advantageous position to offer insights into the cultural universals and diversities emerging in the construal of self and emotions and can function toward the cross-fertilisation of theoretical and methodological approaches among the various disciplines in the study of self and emotions.

In particular, the development of Conceptual Metaphor Theory by Lakoff and Johnson (Lakoff and Johnson 1980; Lakoff 1996) and Natural Language Semantics (Wierzbicka 2005) have generated a wealth of research on the way people understand, conceptualise and talk about themselves and their emotions (e.g. Emanatian 1995; Hasada 2002). While studies have found similar conceptual metaphors to be relatively widespread (e.g., Anger is Fire, Love is a Journey), research also gives evidence of diachronic and synchronic variation in the conceptualisation of emotion across languages and cultures (e.g. Gevaert 2005; Kövecses 2005). Research on emotion concepts proposes that the attested variation stems from cultural traditions that act as antecedents to the different conceptualisations. Kövecses (2005), for instance, proposes that the rise of the Exchange metaphor for love in American English is rooted in the social history of the country. Such studies reveal that the observed variation is concomitant with varying conceptualisations of self (e.g., the conceptualisation of the person as consisting of body and mind in the Anglo-Saxon tradition and as body and kokoro (heart) in Japanese culture). Thus further exploration of the cultural traditions underlying the metaphorical expression of emotions, the cultural keywords emerging in emotion expression, and the discursive practices in talking about self and emotions can shed light on the manner in which self is conceptualised in relation to emotions and offer insights into the interrelationship between self and culture.

The proposed theme session is an attempt to partly achieve this aim by bringing together studies from a range of language families (a) to explore the varying conceptualisations of love and anger; (b) to explore the ideal cultural models and cultural antecedents of understandings of love and anger; (c) to explore the underlying conceptualisation of self in the context of these emotions. The rationale for focusing on love and anger is that they have been identified as basic human emotions and that, while the former emotion has a strong interpersonal dimension, the latter also incorporates a strong personal dimension. In this way the conceptualisation of self may be studied both in relation to itself and in relation to others.

We invite scholars of diverse disciplines and languages to explore the topic under focus.

Abstracts should be in word or rtf format and contain 400 to 500 words, including examples and references. They should specify research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts should reach all the organizers by November 3, 2006.

Please use the following email addresses: sukruhmetu.edu.tr; yesim.aksangmail.com; mustaksangmail.com.

References:

Emanatian, M. 1995. Metaphor and expression of emotion: The value of
cross-cultural perspective. Metaphor and Symbolic Activity 10, 163-182.
Gevaert, C. 2005. The anger is heat question: Detecting cultural influence on
the conceptualization of anger through diachronic corpus analysis. In Delbecque, N., J. van der Auwera & D. Geeraerts (eds.), Perspectives on Variation. Sociolinguistic, Historical, Comparative. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 195-208.
Hasada, R. 2002. 'Body part' terms and emotion in Japanese. Pragmatics and
Cognition 10 (1-2): 107-128.
Kashima, Y., Yamaguchi, S., Kim, U., Choi, S-C., Gelfand, M. J., and Yuki, M.,
1995. Culture, gender, and self: A perspective from individualism-collectivism
research. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 69: 925-937.
Kövecses, Zoltán, 2005. Metaphor and Culture: Universality and Variation.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lakoff, G. 1996. Sorry, I'm not myself today: The metaphor system for
conceptualizing the self. In Fauconnier, Gilles & Eve Sweetser (eds.) Spaces,
Worlds, and Grammar. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 91-123.
Lakoff, G., Johnson, Mark, 1980. Metaphors We Live by. Chicago/London: The
University of Chicago Press.
Markus, H. R., Kitayama, S.1991. Culture and the self: implications for
cognition, emotion, and motivation. Psychological Review 98 (2): 224-253.
Mesquita, Batja. 2001. Emotions in collectivist and individualist contexts.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 80 (1): 68-74.
Shweder, R. A., Bourne, E. J. 1984. Does the Concept of the Person Vary
Cross-Culturally? In Shweder, Richard A. & R. A. LeVine (eds.), Culture Theory:
Essays on Mind, Self, and Emotion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wierzbicka, A. 2005. Empirical universals of language as a basis for the study
of other human universals and as a tool for exploring cross-cultural
differences. Ethos 33 (2): 256-291.



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