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LINGUIST List 23.5163

Mon Dec 10 2012

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Semantics/Israel

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

Date: 09-Dec-2012
From: Pavel Kats <kats.pavelgmail.com>
Subject: Non-Compositionality and Figurative Speech: Collocations, Idioms, Metaphors, Proverbs
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Full Title: Non-Compositionality and Figurative Speech: Collocations, Idioms, Metaphors, Proverbs
Short Title: Non Compositionality 2013

Date: 23-Jun-2013 - 28-Jun-2013
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Contact Person: Pavel Kats
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/noncompositionality2013/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2013

Meeting Description:

Within the discipline of Linguistics, the core principle of modern semantic theory has been Frege’s principle of compositionality: the meaning of an expression is determined by the meanings of its constituents and the rules used to combine them. This principle has to a large extent constrained the phenomena studied in formal semantics. Phenomena whose import appears to violate the principle of compositionality have been considered to fall outside the domain of formal semantics, and have so far been studied by philosophers, literary scholars, cognitive linguists, and lexicographers. The outcome is that under the label of non-compositional meaning we find a variety of language phenomena, which are far from forming a homogenous class. Language philosophers often divide language into literal vs. figurative speech, the latter containing different types of tropes: metaphors, metonymies, hyperboles, irony, similes, sarcasm and others. Of those, metaphors get most attention for a reason, not obviously formulated in comparative terms. Syntacticians and semanticists more readily adopt the dimension of classification into idioms vs. compositional expressions. Corpus linguists prefer to speak about collocations, which are highly conventionalized frozen expressions. To complicate the picture further, there are additional genres which usually serve phraseologists and folklorists: allusions, sayings, proverbs, clichés, analogies, zeugmas. The bottom line is that despite being widely acknowledged to be pervasive in natural language, non-compositional speech and meaning remain largely under-studied in comparison to their compositional counterparts.

The Minerva School will bring together prominent scholars representing several subdisciplines of linguistics: formal semantics, lexical semantics, syntax, psycholinguistics, and corpus linguistics, in order to create a joint multidisciplinary outlook on the complex domain of non-compositional language. The schedule will consist of a number of intensive mini-courses targeted at students of masters level and higher, and will provide the attendants with the state-of-the-art approaches and tools that will allow them to form their own unique critical viewpoint necessary for further research. The core schedule will be enriched by invited lectures that will complete the picture with perspectives from adjacent disciplines as well, such as folklore and cognitive science.

Call for Papers:

Student Session of the Summer School ‘Non-Compositionality 2013’ at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 23-28, 2013.

The Student Session of the Summer School ‘Non-Compositionality 2013’ at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem aims to present work by graduate students and post-docs on issues of non-compositionality. Papers are allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Contributions can focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research. Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.

For many years, phenomena whose import appears to violate Frege’s principle of compositionality have been considered to fall outside the domain of formal semantics, and have so far been studied by philosophers, literary scholars, cognitive linguists, and lexicographers. The aim of the summer school is to promote discussion of formal linguistic methods towards non-compositional meaning.

It is our hope that the Summer School reflects an increase of interest in non-compositional phenomena, and we encourage graduate students and postdocs working on these phenomena to present their work. We are in particular interested in work which develops formal methods in this domain. Research topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- Formal semantics of metaphors and non-literal speech
- Typology of non-literal speech
- Non-compositionality in lexical semantics
- Non-compositional phenomena at the syntax/semantics interface
- Natural language ontology and non-compositionality


Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references, examples and diagrams. They should be typed in at least 11-point font and submitted in the PDF format to: non.compositionality2013 at gmail.com. The file name should be anonymous. In the body of the email please state your name, affiliation, email address and the theoretical framework or domain of research. We invite the accepted speakers to fully participate in the summer school.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 15 February 2013
Notification: 15 March 2013
The summer school: 23-28 June 2013

Website and Contact:

Please find more information about the Summer School on the website (https://sites.google.com/site/noncompositionality2013) or contact us by email non.compositionality2013 at gmail.com.

Note: Since the Summer School is held under the auspices of the Minerva Foundation which encourages Israeli-German scientific cooperation, we are happy to offer some support in travel and lodging expenses to prospective participants affiliated with universities in Germany. Please contact us for more details.

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