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LINGUIST List 20.88

Sat Jan 10 2009

Confs: Philosophy of Language, Cognitive Science/France

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        1.    Jean-Michel Fortis, History of Cognitive Linguistics


Message 1: History of Cognitive Linguistics
Date: 09-Jan-2009
From: Jean-Michel Fortis <fortis.jean-michelneuf.fr>
Subject: History of Cognitive Linguistics
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History of Cognitive Linguistics
Short Title: HCL

Date: 30-Jan-2009 - 31-Jan-2009
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Jean-Michel Fortis
Contact Email: fortis.jean-michelneuf.fr

Meeting Description:

The 2009 annual meeting of the SHESL* (Société d'Histoire et d'Epistémologie des
Sciences du Langage) will be dedicated to the history and epistemology of
Cognitive Linguistics. The conference is co-organized by the CNRS Research Group
on the History of Linguistic Theories (HTL Group, UMR 7597 - University of Paris
VII).

The expression 'Cognitive Linguistics' designates theories which base their
analysis of linguistic structure on meaning and on general-purpose cognitive
processes, and which identify meaning with mental representations and operations.

The conference aims to advance the understanding of the historical development
of cognitive linguistics and of its relation to other theories. It also seeks to
provide a forum for expounding and critically examining the theoretical notions
and descriptive tools which have been elaborated or adopted by Cognitive
Linguistics, and which are characteristic of the way it envisages language.

The SHESL 2009 conference on the history of cognitive linguistics will be held
in Paris on January 30-31. The program and all the practical information related
to the conference are available on the event's website :
http://www.shesl.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=23

The conference will cover the following themes :
* Grammaire Générale (Beauzée's ideas on language and thought)
* Dumarsais, Beauzée and the cognitive theory of figures of speech
* Cognitive linguistics in the French tradition (Gustave Guillaume and his legacy)
* The contemporary history of cognitive linguistics - the second ''cognitive
revolution''
* The history of the ''cognitive turn'' (in the 60s-70s) - its consequences for
linguistic theories
* Structuralism and cognitive linguistics, Wortfeld theorie and cognitive semantics
* The relation of cognitive linguistics to functional linguistics
* Some important concepts and tools of cognitive linguistics (iconicity,
prototypes, semantic primitives ; the use of corpora in cognitive linguistics)
* The cognitive linguistics approach in phonology
* The philosophy behind the cognitive linguistics approach
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