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LINGUIST List 21.2461

Thu Jun 03 2010

FYI: Call for Contributors: Emotional Encoding in African Languages

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        1.    Gian Claudio Batic, Call for Contributors: Emotional Encoding in African Languages

Message 1: Call for Contributors: Emotional Encoding in African Languages
Date: 02-Jun-2010
From: Gian Claudio Batic <gbatichotmail.com>
Subject: Call for Contributors: Emotional Encoding in African Languages
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We are looking for contributors to an edited volume dealing with the
linguistic encoding of emotions in African languages. Experiential encoding
is influenced by socio-cultural features and, at the same time, by a common
search for expressiveness and informativeness. Cognition-mediated
strategies (metaphorico-metonymical renderings, anthropomorphization,
symbolic usage) and unmediated strategies (direct verbal utterance,
postural encoding, ideophones, etc.) are employed in the linguistic
encoding of basic-level experiences, mirroring the richness of this
neglected field of investigation.

The aim of the book is to offer an innovative approach to the study of
emotional encoding, paying particular attention to African minority
languages, and especially to (severely/critically) endangered languages
with no extensive lexico-grammatical description. Major topics are:

- Lexicon of emotions (Anger, Fear, Happiness, Worry, Shame,
Disappointment, Sadness, Hate, Love, Pity, Jealousy, etc.)
- Linguistic encoding of basic-level emotions
- Socio-cultural aspects related to the emotional encoding
- Analysis of strategies adopted in different experiential domains
(emotional vs conceptual, emotional vs physical, etc.)
- Methodology employed in collecting experiential renderings
- Semantic and lexical borrowing

Scholars interested in contributing are invited to send their abstracts in
PDF format (minimum 300 words, 1 page with name and affiliation) to Gian
Claudio Batic (gbatichotmail.com). The deadline for abstract submission
is15 June 2010, and notification of acceptance is 15 July. A final version
of the article will be requested by mid-November.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

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