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LINGUIST List 19.2700

Fri Sep 05 2008

Calls: General Ling,Phonology,Phonetics/USA; General Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Eric Raimy, Conference on the Foot in Phonology
        2.    Irene Mittelberg, ICLC11 Theme Session: 'Metonymy in Gesture and Signed Languages'

Message 1: Conference on the Foot in Phonology
Date: 04-Sep-2008
From: Eric Raimy <raimywisc.edu>
Subject: Conference on the Foot in Phonology
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Full Title: Conference on the Foot in Phonology

Date: 15-Jan-2009 - 17-Jan-2009
Location: New York, New York, USA
Contact Person: Chuck Cairns
Meeting Email: footcunyphonologyforum.net
Web Site: http://www.cunyphonologyforum.net/foot.php

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Phonetics;
Phonology; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2008

Meeting Description:

Conference on the Foot in Phonology
Sponsored by the MA/PhD program in linguistics at the City University of New
York and the CUNY phonology forum

January 15th-17th, 2009 at the CUNY graduate center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York
City, 10016


Call for Papers

Call for Presentations:
We invite oral and poster presentations from any subdivision of cognitive
science such as formal linguistics, language acquisition, neurolinguistics,
philosophy, psychology, etc. We also encourage diversity in methods, so we
welcome both formal and experimental approaches to the topic of the foot in

By ''foot'' we mean any structural entity that has been proposed to describe or
explain stress, rhythmic and/or prosodic phenomena above the level of the
syllable. The conference organizers especially want to encourage both oral and
poster proposals from a variety of theoretical frameworks.

The following list of questions is meant to be suggestive and provocative. In
fact the organizers wish to open the field of discussion to all matters related
to foot structure in phonology and/or phonetics.

Do feet exist?

Are feet hierarchically superordinate to syllables (or are they on separate planes)?

What is the internal structure of the foot?

What principles determine foot structure?

Are feet hierarchically dominated by other prosodic categories?

Is foot structure lexically distinctive? If so, how is this distinction represented?

How is foot structure derived (if indeed it is)?

What aspects of feet are referred to by morphological and phonological

How do phonetic feet relate to phonological feet (and vice versa)?

Invited Speakers:
To Be Announced

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts for oral or poster presentations should consist of a one page
description (12pt font) with a second page for references, data and/or
illustrations. Please specify whether it is a proposal for a poster or an oral
presentation, or potentially either. Although we will make every effort to honor
authors' requests, the criterion for assigning a proposal to either the oral or
the poster format is simply whether the subject matter is better suited for one
or the other mode of presentation. Abstracts should be emailed as an attachment
(PDF format) to footcunyphonologyforum.net no later than midnight, November 1,
2008. Authors should include title of the proposal, name of the author(s) and
affiliation in the body of the email.

Important Dates and Information:
November 1, 2008 deadline for abstracts submission
December 1, 2008 notification of acceptance
January 15-17, 2009 Conference on the foot in phonology

Contact and Further Information:
Organized by Chuck Cairns, CUNY and Eric Raimy, University of Wisconsin
Message 2: ICLC11 Theme Session: 'Metonymy in Gesture and Signed Languages'
Date: 03-Sep-2008
From: Irene Mittelberg <i.mittelberglet.vu.nl>
Subject: ICLC11 Theme Session: 'Metonymy in Gesture and Signed Languages'
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Full Title: ICLC11 Theme Session: 'Metonymy in Gesture and Signed Languages'

Date: 28-Jul-2009 - 03-Aug-2009
Location: UC Berkeley, CA, USA
Contact Person: Irene Mittelberg
Meeting Email: i.mittelberglet.vu.nl
Web Site: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~iclc/index.php/iclc/11

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Sep-2008

Meeting Description:

Theme session at ICLC11, UC Berkeley, July 28-August 3, 2009

'Metonymy in Gesture and Signed Languages'

Irene Mittelberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Alan Cienki, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Cornelia Müller, European University Viadrina

Call for Papers

Call for abstracts
Theme session at ICLC11, UC Berkeley, July 28-August 2, 2009

''Metonymy in Gesture and Signed Languages''

Irene Mittelberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (i.mittelberglet.vu.nl)
Alan Cienki, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (a.cienkilet.vu.nl)
Cornelia Müller, European University Viadrina (cmuellereuv-frankfurt-o.de)

Metaphor and metonymy have been shown to be cognitive-semiotic processes that
motivate expressions in both verbal and non-verbal modalities. While multimodal
manifestations of conceptual metaphor have received considerable attention from
various perspectives (e.g., Cienki & Müller 2008, Forceville & Urios-Aparisi
fc.; McNeill 1992; Müller fc.; Sweetser 1998), the growing body of research on
metonymy within cognitive linguistics has predominantly focused on spoken and
written language. The variety of views on metonymy - and its interaction with
metaphor - attests to its central status within cognitive linguistic approaches,
ranging from conceptual integration, prototype theory and categorization, domain
theory, grammar, language change, and pragmatic inferencing (see, e.g., Panther
& Thornburg 2007).

Exploring the role of conceptual metonymy in gesture and signed languages, this
panel is aimed at identifying ways in which the manual modalities co-speech
gesture and signed languages have the potential to shed light on claims
primarily based on linguistic inquiry. The underlying assumption is that whereas
conceptual metaphor is central to accessing and structuring abstract domains,
metonymy plays an important role not only regarding the formation of gestural
signs (e.g., Bouvet 2001; Cienki & Müller 2006; Gibbs 1994; Müller 1998), but
also regarding crossmodal modes of indirect reference and pragmatic inferencing
(e.g., Mittelberg 2005, 2006; Mittelberg & Waugh fc.). In sign language
research, it has even been proposed that metonymy functions as a ''cognitive
key'' to meaning construction (P. Wilcox 2004).

The objective of this theme session is at least two-fold: first, to investigate
various types of manifestations of metonymy in bodily semiotics, thus
identifying the different cognitive and semantic functions metonymy appears to
assume therein. Second, we will discuss the theoretical implications of the
findings and determine what kinds of contributions work on gesture and sign
languages can make to a comprehensive theory of metonymy within cognitive

If you are interested in participating, please email us a preliminary title as
soon as possible. Full abstracts should not exceed 500 words (including
references) and include your name(s), academic affiliation(s), e-mail
address(es), and the title of your talk.

Deadline for submitting full abstracts is September 12, 2008. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent out by September 17. Please be aware that all theme
session paper authors will have to submit their abstracts to the regular
abstract competition by November 1. Both the theme session as a whole and
participation of each contributor will thus depend on approval of acceptance by
the ICLC scientifc committee. For more detailed information, please visit the
ICLC11 website at http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~iclc/index.php/iclc/11

For more information and abstract submission please email Irene Mittelberg at

Bouvet, D. (2001). La dimension corporelle de la parole. Les marques
posturo-mimo-gestuelles de la parole, leurs aspects métonymiques et
métaphoriques, et leur rôle au cours d'un récit. Paris: Peeters.
Cienki, A. & C. Müller (Eds.) (2008). Metaphor and Gesture. Amsterdam/New York:
John Benjamins.
Cienki, A. & C. Müller (2006). ''How metonymic are metaphoric gestures?'' Talk
presented at the meeting of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association,
Munich, October 2006.
Forceville, C. & E.Urios-Aparisi (Eds.), Multimodal Metaphor. Berlin/New York:
Mouton de Gruyter.
Gibbs, R.W., Jr. (1994). The Poetics of Mind: Figurative Thought, Language, and
Understanding. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
McNeill, D. (1992). Hand and Mind: What Gestures reveal about thought. Chicago:
Chicago University Press.
Mittelberg, I. (2005). Metonymic modes in co-speech gesture. Paper presented at
the 2nd Conference of the International Society for Gesture, Lyon, June 2005.
Mittelberg, I. (2006). Metaphor and Metonymy in Language and Gesture: Discourse
Evidence for Multimodal Models of Grammar. Dissertation, Cornell University.
Mittelberg, I. & L.R. Waugh (forthc.). Multimodal figures of thought: A
cognitive-semiotic approach to metaphor and metonymy in co-speech gesture. In:
Forceville, Charles and Eduardo Urios-Aparisi (Eds.), Multimodal Metaphor.
Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Müller, C. (1998). Redebegleitende Gesten. Kulturgeschichte - Theorie -
Sprachvergleich. Berlin: Berlin Verlag A. Spitz.
Müller, C. (in press). Metaphors. Dead and alive, sleeping and waking. A
cognitive approach to metaphors in language use. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Panther, K.-U. & Thornburg, L. L. (2007). Metonymy. In Geeraerts, D. & Cuyckens,
H. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, 236-263. Oxford: Oxford
University Press.
Sweetser, E. (1998). „Regular metaphoricity in gesture: Bodily-based models of
speech interaction.'' Actes du 16e Congrès International des Linguistes
(CD-ROM), Elsevier.
Wilcox, P. P. (2004). ''A cognitive key: Metonymic and metaphorical mappings in
ASL.'' Cognitive Linguistics 15 (2): 197-222.

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