LINGUIST List 26.5254

Mon Nov 23 2015

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Discourse Analysis, Semantics, Socioling, Syntax/France

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 23-Nov-2015
From: Remi Digonnet <>
Subject: Inhabiting Language, Constructing Language
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Full Title: Inhabiting Language, Constructing Language

Date: 08-Apr-2016 - 08-Apr-2016
Location: Saint-Etienne, France
Contact Person: Remi Digonnet
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2016

Meeting Description:

Language can be perceived as a habitat, a more or less enclosed space (idiolect, jargon), a more or less open and permeable terrain (plurilingualism, neology) in which and by which humankind inhabits, lives and evolves. Just like the dwelling which protects yet sometimes imprisons, familiar language reassures and ostracises at once. Language, which can be assimilated to a dwelling, an abode or even a roof, represents a refuge for mankind while allowing cohabitation, living together and exchange. Between the open and the closed, language and architecture aim at a balanced exchange between speaking subjects and living subjects.

The juxtaposition of habitat, a product of architecture, and speech, a product of language, will enable the perception of a double orientation of what could be named “architexture”, i.e. urbanistic discourse analysis on the one hand, and the exploration of the architecture of language, on the other hand.

Keynote speaker: Zoltán Kövecses – Eötvös Loránd University

Call for Papers:

Inhabiting language, constructing language

Friday 8 April 2016
Université Jean Monnet – Saint-Étienne
Research lab CIEREC – (EA3068)

The architectural text can focus on various domains such as the analysis of specific corpora (founding texts, architects’ speeches, urbanistic theories), lexical analysis (urbanistic terminology, architectural metaphors) or grammar (space markers, space prepositions). The textual architecture can explore syntactic ordering, composition, text structure or “construction” grammars. Creation and recycling principles, notions which apply equally to architecture and linguistics, can also partake of speech construction. Some of the following perspectives (non-exhaustive list) could be envisaged in the fields of linguistics and cognitive sciences:

- Markers of space
- Space prepositions / phrasal verbs
- Architecture of language
- Construction grammar
- Architectural gesture, linguistic gesture
- A linguistics of urbanism
- Architectural discourse analysis
- Spatial metaphors
- The language of the city
- Linguistic Babelism, Architectural Babelism

Through verbalisation or spatialization, through verbal or architectural communication, the speaker and the architect are subjected to numerous constraints (language, technique) despite a certain freedom of speech and freedom of construction. Both this constructed speech and this spoken construction summon the architect-speaker in their language domus.

Please send your proposals (about 200 words) together with a short bio-bibliography to Rémi Digonnet: before January 15, 2016. Authors will be notified by January 30, 2016.

Scientific Committee:

Dominique Boulonnais – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Rémi Digonnet – Université Jean Monnet – Saint-Étienne
Marie-Hélène Fries – Université Joseph Fourier – Grenoble 1
Olivier Glain – Université Jean Monnet – Saint Étienne
Denis Jamet – Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3
Zoltán Kövecses – Eötvös Loránd University – Budapest
Dominique Legallois – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Aliyah Morgenstern – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Graham Ranger – Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse


Rémi Digonnet – Lecturer in English linguistics at Université Jean Monnet – Saint-Étienne.

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