LINGUIST List 25.2241

Wed May 21 2014

Calls: Semantics, Cognitive Sci, Ling & Lit, Lang Acq, Writing Systems/Tunisia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 21-May-2014
From: Mongia Arfa Mensia <>
Subject: Signs and Representations
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Full Title: Signs and Representations

Date: 04-Dec-2014 - 06-Dec-2014
Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Contact Person: Mongia Arfa Mensia
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

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

Call Deadline: 17-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

University of Carthage
Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis (ISLT)
Research Unit: Language and Cultural Forms
3rd International Symposium
Signs and Representations
4-5-6 December 2014

By addressing the issue of signs and representations, this conference hopes to investigate the elusive and ambiguous relationship between perception and the world; calling to the mind the possibility of alternative worlds and the relativity of spatio-temporal levels. Therefore, it is necessary to remember that signs and representations are the sum total of the cognitive process but it is highlighted in the creative literary act (prose or poetry) or through the cultural imagination (individual or collective) or the practices and customs that are the result of the act of perceiving.

Call for Papers:

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

1. Signs and Representations in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics:

- Semantic multiplicity in the concepts of sign and representation (linguistic/non-linguistic meta-linguistic signs, mental/phonetic/poetic/behavioural representations
- Perception and representations of the world (multiplicity of perceptive levels and issues of reference the relationship between concept/denotation, substance/referent, reason/imagination …
- Sign and representation construction processes (productive and interpretative mechanisms; coding/decoding...)
- Signs and representations in communicative contexts

2. Signs and Representations in Literature:

- Imagination and its representations in the literary text (metaphor, imagery, metonymy)
- Literary creation and the representation of the world or alternative worlds
- Semiotic representation in creative writing

3. Cultural Signs and Representations:

- Signs and representations in daily routines (clothes, jewellery, food) and seasonal occasions (celebrations and feasts)
- Signs and representations in social customs (religious and sectarian signs and representations, rites, myths and rituals)

4. Signs and Representations in Sign Language:

- Sign language between locality and universality
- Bodily signs in sign language
- Cultural interpretation of signs in sign language

Please send a 300-word abstract to the address of the conference no later than 17 July 2014.

Head of Unit ''Language and Cultural Forms'' : Mongia ARFA MENSIA

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