LINGUIST List 23.5277

Sat Dec 15 2012

Calls: Text/Corpus Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 14-Dec-2012
From: Gill Philip <>
Subject: 5th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Figurative Language
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Full Title: 5th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Figurative Language
Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 22-Jul-2013 Location: Lancaster, United Kingdom Contact Person: Gill Philip
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2013

Meeting Description:

Metaphor and Austerity:

The West is settling into a new age of austerity: the ‘NICE’ (‘non-inflationary consistent expansion’, Kitson et al. 2011) economy has turned ‘VILE’ (‘volatile inflation, little expansion’, ibid.), and the economic and social fall-out is now becoming visible. Unemployment, redundancy, inflation, recession, insecurity, and poverty all loom, causing governments, businesses and individuals to re-evaluate their priorities.

A changing world changes attitudes, and the earliest manifestations of such change can often be found in figurative language. Political rhetoric attempts to sweeten the bitter pill that nations have no choice but to swallow; all are invited to share the pain, make sacrifices for the common good, and weather the storm. But more sinister undertones can also be perceived. In times of social and financial dire straits, scapegoats are sought and mercilessly pursued in the press. The elderly, unemployed, and disabled are under fire for ‘sponging off the state’; and as jobs become scarcer and the tax bill rises, migrant populations and asylum seekers are viewed with increasing suspicion and resentment. Calls for a ‘big society’ fall on deaf ears. Society, it seems, is shrinking as self-preservation takes hold.


M. Kitson, R. Martin, P. Tyler. 2011. The geographies of austerity. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 4. 289-302.

Call for Papers:

This 5th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Figurative Language will consist of a day-long colloquium including oral presentations (20 + 10 minutes), a poster session, plus a round-table discussion chaired by members of the organizing committee. It is the organizers’ intention to showcase original research into the figurative language associated with Austerity in its many guises and in various spheres of life, and to stimulate interdisciplinary debate between established and early-career researchers who are investigating Austerity in corpus data. Proposals are therefore welcome on any aspect of figurative language relevant to the central theme of Austerity, including, but not limited to, the economy, work and unemployment, immigration and asylum seeking, social inclusion and exclusion. Given the dominance of English in the literature on metaphor, research dealing with other languages will be particularly welcome, whether contrastive or otherwise.

Submission Guidelines:

Extended abstracts for 20 minute talks (1500-2000 words, excluding references) and for posters (1000-1250 words, excluding references) should be sent in an email attachment to Gill Philip (gill.philip AT by 15 February 2013. Following notification of acceptance, participants will be invited to resubmit their abstracts for inclusion in the peer-reviewed workshop proceedings which will be published concurrently with the workshop.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 February 2013
Notification of acceptance: 5 March 2013
Deadline for revised abstracts: 14 May 2013
Workshop: 22 July 2013

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