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LINGUIST List 23.3336

Wed Aug 08 2012

Calls: Cognitive Science, Pragmatics, Typology/Canada

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 07-Aug-2012
From: Arie Verhagen <Arie.Verhagenhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Mixed Points of View in Narratives
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Full Title: Mixed Points of View in Narratives
Short Title: ICLC12_MixedPoV

Date: 23-Jun-2013 - 28-Jun-2013
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Contact Person: Dunja Wackers
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.arieverhagen.nl/2012/08/iclc12-themesession/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

Linguistic Manifestations of Mixed Points of View in Narratives - Cognitive and Typological Perspectives


Barbara Dancygier (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
Louis Wei-lun Lu (Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands)
Arie Verhagen (Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands)

Contact: Dunja Wackers (d.y.m.wackershum.leidenuniv.nl)

'Reported Speech' has been an important locus of attention in various linguistic, narratological and stylistic studies since the middle of the 19th century. Jakobson (1957) identified it as one of the four crucial duplex structures in language, including varieties of 'mixed' points of view like Free Indirect Discourse. Recent work in cognitive linguistics offers an additional set of tools which can be used to elucidate mixed viewpoint phenomena (Verhagen 2005, Vandelanotte 2009, Sanders 2010, Dancygier & Sweetser 2012), but there has been little work thus far to elaborate and test such approaches in view of global linguistic and cultural diversity. The potential of linguistic and cultural diversity for understanding both universal and culture specific features of the construal of reported speech and thought, and for the interaction between grammar and cognition in this domain, has, at a minimum, remained under-exploited (cf. Evans 2010). It is all the more important for cognitive science to redress this situation in view of the interaction between the development of social cognition (understanding the inner life and thoughts of others, 'Theory of Mind') and narrative. The present theme session proposes to involve the cognitive linguistics community in a broader discussion of such issues. Broad linguistic and cognitive strategies of mixed viewpoint allocation need to be considered afresh.

A longer, more detailed description of the theme of this session is available at http://www.arieverhagen.nl/research/mixed-pov/.

Call for Papers:

We invite statements of interest and submissions of short abstracts for a theme session to be proposed for the ICLC in Edmonton, Canada, 23-28 June 2013 (https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/iclc12/home).

The session will address the interaction of cognition and pragmatics with lexical semantics and grammar in the narrative representation of points of view, in a cross-linguistic, cross-cultural and historical perspective. We invite submissions from a wide genetic, geographic and diachronic variety of languages.

If you want to participate in this session, send a message to Dunja Wackers at Leiden University (d.y.m.wackershum.leidenuniv.nl) to express your interest, with a (provisional) title of your contribution or a one-sentence description of your topic. Submit a title and a short abstract (up to 150-200 words) no later than August 31, 2012 (same address). Decisions on the theme session will be taken by September 20, 2012.

Please note that full abstracts for ALL papers, so also papers in theme sessions, have to be submitted for review to the ICLC organization later (see the conference website for details).

Important Dates:

August 31: Deadline of submission of short abstracts to d.y.m.wackershum.leidenuniv.nl
September 20: Notification of decisions on theme session
November 1: Deadline of submission of full abstracts to the conference system
January 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance

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