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LINGUIST List 21.2577

Sat Jun 12 2010

FYI: New Journal Announcement and Call for Volume Proposals

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        1.    Jeff Runner, Call for Volume Proposals: Syntax and Semantics         2.    Martina Temmerman, Tangens: New Journal on Language and Communication

Message 1: Call for Volume Proposals: Syntax and Semantics
Date: 10-Jun-2010
From: Jeff Runner <runnerling.rochester.edu>
Subject: Call for Volume Proposals: Syntax and Semantics
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The editor of book series 'Syntax and Semantics' invites proposals for
volumes to be published in its series. The aim of the Syntax and Semantics
Series is to publish exciting and innovative research involving the
sub-systems of grammar that interface with syntax and semantics. This
crucially includes the syntax-semantics interface itself, but also the
systematic interplay of syntax and semantics with pragmatics, information
structure and discourse. The series will promote in particular research
that brings novel forms of empirical evidence to bear on issues in
theoretical syntax and semantics. Syntax and Semantics is listed on the ISI
Web of Knowledge. You can find more information on Syntax and Semantics by

Volumes can be a monograph piece by one or two authors, or an edited
collection of papers by various authors. They are often (but not
universally) theme-based, and seek to highlight the latest research.

To submit a proposal, please complete an Advanced Title Information Form
providing a brief synopsis, a provisional table of contents and a list of
contributors (if known). The form should also contain a tentative title,
estimated manuscript length and date for submission. This form should be
submitted to the Series Editor, Jeff Runner, runnerling.rochester.edu.

For more information on being a Volume Editor, please visit
http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/guides/multi_author.htm, or contact
the Series Editor.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics; Syntax

Message 2: Tangens: New Journal on Language and Communication
Date: 07-Jun-2010
From: Martina Temmerman <martina.temmermanehb.be>
Subject: Tangens: New Journal on Language and Communication
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Tangens is a new journal from the Department of Applied Linguistics at
Erasmushogeschool in Brussels, Belguim.

This international journal for interdisciplinary language and communication
research will be published biannually. The journal welcomes contributions
on language and communication from writers of diverse backgrounds,
including linguistics, literature, second language acquisition,
translation, journalism, and professional writing. Contributions must be
written in English.

Tangens will appear in thematic issues, each issue co-edited by an issue
editor. The first issue (to appear in February 2011) will gather
contributions addressing the question 'What’s in a name?'. Names are
generally considered to be arbitrary but on the other hand, the importance
of choosing the right names cannot be underestimated.

Naming analysis examines the different names that are used to refer to
(social) actors or events within a given text . As such, naming analysis
examines onomasiological variation (Geeraerts et al. 1994). This type of
lexical variation refers to the fact that the same kind of referent may be
named by various semantically distinct lexical categories.

Onomasiological variation is a form of conceptual (or "semantic")
variation: it involves differences in categorization. It takes its starting
point on the level of semantic values and describes how a particular
semantic value may be variously expressed by means of different words
(Geeraerts et al. 1994: 3-5).

Since "the vocabulary one is familiar with provides sets of preconstructed
categories, and representation always involves deciding how to 'place' what
is being represented within these sets of categories" (Fairclough 1995:
109), it must be clear that every linguistic representation brings along a
specific meaning, based on a specific viewpoint. In this way, naming
analysis is concerned with both form and meaning. One of the basic
principles is that 'meanings are necessarily realized in forms, and
differences in meaning entail differences in form. Conversely, it is a
sensible working assumption that where forms are different, there will be
some difference in meaning' (Fairclough 1995: 57-58).

Naming is a powerful ideological tool. In contrast to the traditional
prescriptive approach to term formation and use, it has been demonstrated
in descriptive terminology studies that many specialized concepts are named
by more than one term as a result of different cognitive, discursive or
linguistic motivations (Cabré 2008). 'This poses a challenge for language
professionals such as translators, and terminologists, who need to decide
which form of a term to use in a given context' (Bowker and Hawkins 2006:
79). Textual archives of disciplines hold information on the history of
naming. Naming can be studied and described in intercultural communicative
contexts and in unilingual or multilingual settings. Specific attention
might go to the translation and interpretation problems related to the
cultural aspects of naming in a source language (culture-bound metaphors,
eponyms, acronyms, etc.)

Bowker, L. and Hawkins, S. (2006). 'Variation in the organization of
medical terms: Exploring some motivations for term choice', Terminology 12
(1): 79-110.
Cabré, M.T. (2008). 'El principio de poliedricidad: la articulación de lo
discursivo, lo cognitivo y lo lingüístico en Terminología', Ibérica (16): 9-36.
Fairclough, N. (1995). Media Discourse. London: Edward Arnold.
Geeraerts, D., Grondelaers, S. & Bakema, P. (1994). The structure of
lexical variation. Meaning, naming, and context. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation

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