From: Rafal Glowacz <rulfointeria.pl>
Subject: Cognitive Perspectives on Contrastive Grammar
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Full Title: Cognitive Perspectives on Contrastive Grammar
Short Title: CPoCG
Date: 26-Sep-2011 - 27-Sep-2011
Location: Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Contact Person: Rafal Glowacz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Semantics
Call Deadline: 15-May-2011
Poland has a long and rich tradition of contrastive studies, which dates back to Prof . Fisiak and his colleagues' Contrastive English-Polish Contrastive Grammar Project in the 1970-s and Prof. Krzeszowski's important contributions in the 1980-s, culminating in the publication of his Contrasting languages: the scope of contrastive linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter 1990). Although Krzeszowski's monograph contains a chapter on cognitive linguistics and contrastive studies, most of his work is still heavily influenced by the then dominating generative paradigm, the particular version of which he himself called Contrastive Generative Grammar. Since over twenty years have passed since Krzeszowski's seminal publication and cognitive grammar has reached a new level of theoretical maturity and sophistication and has now acquired an almost mainstream status in linguistics, we believe that the time has come to go back to contrastive studies and see how they can be practiced within this new, modern cognitive framework. So the general aim of the conference is to discuss various ways in which CG methodology and insights can be used to elucidate and explain various kinds of contrasts between languages, starting from morphology and lexical semantics all the way to syntax, pragmatics and discourse.
The main areas of interest for the conference are:
Comparing analytic and synthetic resources of languages
Inflexion vs. phrase and sentence grammar
Morphology vs. phrasal constructions
Representing lexical contrasts between L1 and L2
Comparing idioms as constructions
Different construals, different grammars
Conceptual equivalence vs. categorial contrasts
Different metonymies, different constructions
Different metaphors, different constructions
Representing structural and functional contrasts between L1 and L2
Phrasal, sentential and other constructions in the world's languages
Contrasts in functional and pragmatic components of constructions
Grammaticalization in contrastive grammar
Call for Papers:
Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, including references. They should reflect the soundness of argument, substance of content, and relevance to cognitive linguistics and contrastive grammar -- the three criteria on which acceptance decisions will be based.
Presentations for the general session will be allotted 25 minutes, with 20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.
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