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LINGUIST List 22.4206

Wed Oct 26 2011

Calls: Anthro Ling, Cognitive, Sci, Socioling, Discourse Analysis/Sweden

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        1.     Carita Paradis , Sensory Perceptions in Langauge and Cognition


Message 1: Sensory Perceptions in Langauge and Cognition
Date: 26-Oct-2011
From: Carita Paradis <carita.paradisenglund.lu.se>
Subject: Sensory Perceptions in Langauge and Cognition
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Full Title: Sensory Perceptions in Langauge and Cognition

Date: 29-Aug-2012 - 01-Sep-2012
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Person: Carita Paradis
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Nov-2011

Meeting Description:

While activations of sensorial experiences are considered to be of crucial importance for symbolization involving high-order cognitive processes (Oakley 2009:125), they are also part and parcel of our daily experiences, including language. For instance, the knowledge and skills of architects, perfume makers, potters, piano tuners, chocolatiers or oenologists require that they are 'tuned' to various sense modalities and sensory literacies - from single sense modalities to multiple ones. Even such mundane tasks as choosing a particular brand of toothpaste, soap, clothes or stationary, booking a table at a restaurant, or downloading mobile ring signals reflect our inclinations towards certain colours, smells, textures, tastes or sounds, and our decisions are the result of - conscious or unconscious - operations involving several senses. In other words, we are born synaesthetes, i.e. intrinsically cross-sensory beings, even if cultural factors often shape our sensory literacy in fundamental ways.

Regardless of the basic and ubiquitous nature of sensory perceptions and experiences, the subject still remains under-explored in linguistics - in contrast to what happens in other disciplines within the humanities such as anthropology, psychology, or philosophy (Dutton 2009; Howes, 2003; Merleau-Ponty 1945/1962; among others). Howes (2003: 16) points out that cultures are not only 'ways of sensing the world', but, more importantly, 'the sensory profile of a culture […] can mold not only how people interact, but the very form in which they think'. In the framework of Cognitive Semantics, Leonard Talmy (1996: 244-245) has proposed the notion of ception as a possible construct to overcome the scholarly tendency to deal with 'discrete categories and clearly located boundaries' through 'a cognitive domain encompassing traditional notions of both perception and conception'. If we want to gain further insights into the ways we construe the various worlds at our disposal, the intimate relationship between our sensing, thinking, and communicating the world(s) cannot be neglected.

The overall objective of this workshop is to contribute to our understanding of how various cultures and communities sense the world by paying attention to one of its more accessible manifestations, namely language. The workshop attempts to bring together scholars working on various aspects of how sensory perceptions are verbally manifested and using different methodologies - experimental as well as discourse-based. This involves paying attention to how our lexical resources as well as our discourse, or genre resources shed light on how sense perceptions might be organized in our minds and how we communicate our sensing the world.

Call for Papers:

The different contributions to the workshop may include the following perspectives and questions:

- How do we talk or write about sight, taste, smell, touch and sound (lexical-grammatical resources)?
- What are the concepts and figurative mechanisms that are most often used in describing these sensory experiences?
- How do cultural and disciplinary factors influence the way we describe sensory perceptions in text and discourse? How does discourse interaction respond to or reflect those?

Panel participants are asked to send an abstract dealing with a topic related to the questions above before 9 November. Abstracts must be sent to both convenors to the following email addresses:

MRosario.Caballerouclm.es
carita.paradisenglund.lu.se

Estimated length of abstract: around 500 words (excluding references).



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