LINGUIST List 26.2146

Wed Apr 22 2015

Confs: English, Cognitive Science, Text/Corpus Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Date: 21-Apr-2015
From: Marcus Callies <>
Subject: Workshop on Metaphor Variation in Englishes Around the World
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Workshop on Metaphor Variation in Englishes Around the World

Date: 13-Jun-2015 - 13-Jun-2015
Location: Bremen, Germany
Contact: Marcus Callies
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

Cognitive-linguistic research on metaphor to date has predominantly examined variation with respect to cross-cultural differences in metaphorical mappings, largely focusing on body parts and the conceptualization of emotions. While metaphors and their linguistic instantiations can be expected to vary not only cross-linguistically but also within (pluricentric) languages, language-internal variation along sociolinguistic parameters such as region, social class, ethnicity or gender have remained an underresearched topic to date (Kövecses 2005). More recently, Cognitive Linguistics has seen an increasing interest in socio-cognitive dimensions and socio-variational phenomena of language use in terms of a Cognitive Sociolinguistics (CS) that aims to extend the cognitive paradigm to the regional and social patterns involved in linguistic symbolisation (Kristiansen & Dirven 2008; Geeraerts, Kristiansen & Peirsman 2010). CS investigates how language usage in different regional and social groups is characterised by different conceptualisations and different grammatical and lexical preferences. It has already been fruitfully applied to the study of World Englishes (e.g. Sharifian 2008; Wolf 2008; Polzenhagen & Wolf 2010). Assuming that a language (or variety of language) reflects the cultural context of its speech community, this line of research has highlighted the importance of cultural background knowledge and underlying cultural conceptualizations for the interpretation of lexical items and fields in L2 varieties of English. Methodologically, this approach applies and combines the theoretical framework of CS with corpus-linguistic methods to systematically study the expression of culture in these varieties of English (Wolf 2008, Wolf & Polzenhagen 2009).

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Alexander Onysko, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
“Metaphor variation in Maori-English bilinguals”


Geeraerts, D., G. Kristiansen & Y. Peirsman, eds. (2010), Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
Kövecses, Z. (2005), Metaphor in Culture. Universality and Variation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kristiansen, G. & R. Dirven, eds. (2008), Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Language Variation, Cultural Models, Social Systems. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Polzenhagen, F. & H.-G. Wolf (2010), ''Investigating culture from a linguistic perspective: An exemplification with Hong Kong English'', Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 58(3), 281-303.
Sharifian, F. (2008), ''Cultural models of home in aboriginal children's English'', in G. Kristiansen & R. Dirven (eds.), Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 333-352.
Wolf, H.-G. (2008), ''A Cognitive Linguistic approach to the cultures of World Englishes: The emergence of a new model'', in G. Kristiansen & R. Dirven (eds.), Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 353-385.
Wolf, H.-G. & F. Polzenhagen, eds. (2009), World Englishes. A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


10:00 - 10:15
Welcome and Introduction
Marcus Callies (Bremen)

10:15 – 11:15
Keynote: Facing the Challenges of Metaphor Research in World Englishes
Alexander Onysko (Klagenfurt/Venedig)

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00
Emotion Metaphors in New Englishes: A Corpus-Based Study of HAPPINESS
Barbara Güldenring (Marburg/Münster)

12:00 – 12:30
Cross-Cultural Variation in Colour Metaphors: A Corpus-Based Study
Sarah Geers (Bremen)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30
Student Poster Session

14:30 – 15:00
Multimodal Metaphors of Gender: The Case of British, Indian and Nigerian English
Anna Finzel (Potsdam)

15:00 – 15:30
Metaphors of Womanhood from the Literary Works of Indian Writers of English with Diverse Socio-Cultural Backgrounds
Atula Ahuja, Suparak Techacharoenrungrueang, Sudaporn Luksaneeyanawin (Bangkok)

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:15
The Varying Metaphor Understanding of Migrant Bilingual and Monolingual Speakers of English
Annina K. Hessel (Mainz)

16:15 – 16:45
Asking the Right Questions: Devising a Methodology for a Within-Language Variation Study
Stephen Lucek (Dublin)

16:45 – 17:15
Idiom Variability as a Proxy for Within-Culture Variation in Conceptual Metaphor in Varieties of English
Marcus Callies (Bremen)

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