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LINGUIST List 24.256

Tue Jan 15 2013

Confs: Cognitive Sci, Ling & Lit, Psycholing, Lang Acq, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Jan-2013
From: Mihailo Antovic <mantovicgmail.com>
Subject: Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science
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Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science

Date: 24-Jan-2013 - 26-Jan-2013
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Contact: Mihailo Antovic
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7t76nGaeJqmUTZnRndEaFFheFE/edit

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science
Interdisciplinary conference at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

This conference is organized by Mihailo Antović (University of Niš) and Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas (University of Murcia), as part of their project Towards a Cognitive Oral Poetics: Traditional Epic and Cognitive Linguistics, funded by a Tandem Fellowship in Linguistics and Literary Studies of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.

The Parry-Lord theory of oral composition in performance was arguably the major breakthrough in classics and oral tradition studies in the 20th century. The so called ‘cognitive revolution’ has probably been the most important movement cutting across all the sciences of the mind for the past one hundred years, maybe more. Both paradigm shifts have an important point of coincidence: the idea that language learning and verbal creativity result from usage and performance, and build on general cognitive capacities and cultural context. The basic units of language and oral poetry are not a set of transformational or formal rules, but functional form-meaning pairs acquired through an instance-based process.

Oral poetics and Cognitive Science seeks to lay the foundations of a new discipline, Cognitive Oral Poetics, through an interdisciplinary conversation between researchers in oral poetics, empirical literary scholars, linguists and cognitive scientists. Presentations by our guest speakers will be addressed to a multi-disciplinary audience, and there will be ample time for discussion in the form of Q&A, roundtables, common lunches, etc. Our guest speakers so far are:

Egbert Bakker, Yale University, Department of Classics
Hans C. Boas, University of Texas at Austin, Departments of German and Linguistics
Anna Bonifazi, University of Heidelberg, Department of Classical Philology
Winfried Menninghaus, Free University Berlin, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature
Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Cognitive Science

Thursday Jan 24

Mihailo Antović & Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas: Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science: An Introduction.

Anna Bonifazi: The contribution of particles to poetic structuring in South Slavic and Homeric epic.

Short break


Blitz presentations:

Elisa Bugin, Epic poetry and working memory: How cognitive science can draw a sharp distinction between orality and writing.

Mark de Kreij, Navigating the story world. Visual and contextual framing in the Iliad and the Odyssey.

William Duffy & William Short, Identical but better: The practical and the ideal in the tradition of epic.

Jonathan Ready, A cognitive approach to the Homeric simile?

Agnieszka Matkowska, Poetics of the prose genres: Formula, theme and story pattern. Strategy for reproduction of oral narratives.

Blitz presentations discussion

Short break

Mark Turner: Oral Poetic Compressions.

Roundtable. Multimodality and Performativity: Oral poetics as a cognitive science.

Egbert Bakker, Hans Boas, Anna Bonifazi, Winfried Menninghaus, Mark Turner

Dinner and More Conversation

Friday Jan 25

Egbert Bakker: When Formulas are Quotes

Short break

Hans Boas: Construction Grammar, Frame Semantics, and Oral Poetics

Round table. Conversation analysis, construction grammar, and other linguistic approaches to composition-in-performance.

Peter Auer, Egbert Bakker, Hans Boas, Anna Bonifazi, Mark Turner

Lunch and More Conversation


Blitz presentations:

Mirjana Detelić & Lidija Delić, The semantics of formulae White Tower and White Castle in the oral epics.

Thomas Hoffman & Alex Bergs, A cognitive approach to football chant constructions.

Raymond Person, From grammar in everyday conversation to special grammar in oral traditions: A case study of ring composition.

Nemanja Radulović, Honko's revision of oral-formulaic theory: Some remarks.

Sonja Zeman, Patterns of 'visualization' in (semi-)oral epic poems and the 'historical mind'.

Discussion of blitz presentations

Short break

Tertulia (open discussion)

Conference Dinner

Saturday Jan 26

Winfried Menninghaus: Towards an Empirical Aesthetics of Linguistic Self-Similarities.

Short break

Mihailo Antović & Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas: Formulaic Style and Construction Grammar: Speech Introductions.

Final roundtable: Cognitive oral poetics as an empirical aesthetics enterprise

Egbert Bakker, Anna Bonifazi, Monika Fludernik, Winfried Menninghaus, Mark Turner

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