LINGUIST List 27.4040

Mon Oct 10 2016

Confs: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Lexicography, Psycholing, Semantics/Netherlands

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Date: 17-Aug-2016
From: Marianna Bolognesi <M.M.Bolognesi2uva.nl>
Subject: Abstract Concepts: Debating Their Structure, Processing, and Modeling
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Abstract Concepts: Debating Their Structure, Processing, and Modeling
Short Title: International Symposium


Date: 18-Nov-2016 - 18-Nov-2016
Location: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: Marianna Bolognesi
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: https://abstractconceptsnet.wordpress.com/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Abstract concepts are a controversial and widely debated topic, within the theoretical discussion about the embodied vs symbolic nature of language and meaning.

Supported by an extensive body of empirical research, the embodied account of cognition argues that cognition (and therefore language) is tightly related to perceptual and motoric experience. However, the Achille heel of the embodied account of cognition is precisely the (still debated) nature, structure, processing, and modeling of abstract concepts. In particular: how does perceptual experience affect our understanding and semantic representation of abstract concepts (idea, theory, argument), which by definition lack perceptual referents?

Topics:

- On which dimensions of meaning do abstract and concrete concepts differ?
- How does perceptual experience affect abstract concept processing and representation?
- What is the role of language in shaping and indexing the content of concrete vs abstract concepts?
- How and in which contexts are abstract concepts understood through metaphors?

The aim of this project is to bring together current views about the structure, processing, and modelling of abstract concepts.

Organization:

8 eminent scholars have been invited to Amsterdam to discuss the nature, structure, processing, and modelling of abstract concepts in various disciplines.

During the symposium the panellists will present in turn their view and will receive structured comments (prepared in advance) from their peers. A general discussion among all panellists and the audience will follow.

Host:

At the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam, we conduct interdisciplinary research that tackle the structure and functioning of metaphor in thought, language, and communication. The nature of abstract concepts is particularly relevant for metaphor researchers, because it has been argued for decades that metaphors are matters of thought, that allow us to understand abstract concepts by comparing them to concrete ones.

This event, in particular, is organized within the COGVIM project (EU Marie Curie IEF, awarded to Dr Marianna Bolognesi - n° 629076).

More info and registration process can be found on the event website: https://abstractconceptsnet.wordpress.com/

We look forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam!

Program:

08.45:
Registration

09.15:
Opening

09.30:
Diane Pecher
Curb your embodiment

09.50:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and 10 minutes for questions from the audience

10.15:
Friedemann Pulvermueller
Concrete mechanisms for abstract meaning

10.35:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and 10 minutes for questions from the audience

11.00: Coffee break with Poster Session 1 (6 posters)

11.30:
Gabriella Vigliocco
Learning and processing abstract concepts: The role of language and the role of emotion

11.55:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and 10 minutes for questions from the audience

12.15:
Alessandro Lenci
The emotions of abstracts: A distributional semantic analysis

12.35:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and 10 minutes for questions from the audience

13.00: Lunch with Poster Session 2 (14 posters)

14.00:
Max Louwerse
Language statistics explain conceptual processing

14.20:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and 10 minutes for questions from the audience

14.45:
Gun Semin
The place of metaphors in the order of things

15.05:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and10 minutes questions from the audience

15.30: Coffee break with Poster Session 3 (6 posters)

16.00:
Ken McRae
Situations, perceptual information, and abstract concepts

16.20:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and 10 minutes questions from the audience

16.45:
Piek Vossen
Granularity and identity of event descriptions

17.05:
Two questions from designated peers plus replies and 10 minutes questions from the audience

17.10:
Final discussion and closing

18.00: Dutch Borrel (wine reception) for all the participants


Poster Presentations:

I. Bondarenko - Time domain matrix modeling in cognitive linguistic research.
F. Calzavarini, F. Garbarini, M. Diano, & D. Marconi - Lexical semantic competence and visual imagery.
G. Di Cesare, A. Errante, M. Marchi, & V. Cuccio - Language for action: between re-enactment and prediction.
F. R. Dreyer, & F. Pulvermüller - Love vs. Logic: fMRI dissociations between emotional and non-emotional abstract nouns in leftmotor areas during passive reading.
F. Franzon - Different degrees of abstraction from visual cues in processing concrete nouns.
D. Frassinelli, A. Abrosimova, S. Springorum, E. Kiangia, & S. Schulte im Walde - Spatial meaning shifts in German particle verbs with “auf” and “an”.
A. Goldschmidt - Inference to the concrete: Force-inferences in the verb-adverb domain.
M. Homan, & P. Sommerauer - Detecting implicit stereotype bias in natural language .
L. Hustinx, & W. Spooren - How to determine the determinants of abstractness and concreteness?
A. Jelec - Are abstract concepts rooted in bodily mimesis?
L. van Lent, M. Janssen, Lucas de Jong, M. Kuiper, J. van de Laar, C. Swagten, & E. Das - When epidemics become real: An LCM-based analysis of tweets about ebola.
P. Liu, L. Connell, & D. Lynott - Metaphoric concepts’ representations are both linguistic and simulated.
C. Mazzuca, & A. Borghi - Abstract concepts and the activation of the hand and mouth effectors.
L. Melnyk - Prototype-based categorization of abstract concepts.
G. Mills, & G. Redeker - Making invisible "trouble" visible: Self-repair increases abstraction in dialogue.
E. Murphy - Acceptability properties of abstract senses in copredication.
A. Panunzi - Metaphor in action: Action verbs and abstract meaning.
L. Pollock - The concreteness effect disappears under conditionsthat should maximise it.
M. Rosenberg - Abstract concepts in development: Spontaneous production of novel word-formation in Swedish child language.
A. Rotaru - Imageability, concreteness, and semantic network structure.
E. Scerrati - A study on abstract concepts with the extrinsic Simon task.
S. Schulte im Walde, & M. Köper - The role of ambiguity and abstractness in multi-modal models of German noun compounds and particle verbs.
E. Smolka, J. Andoni Duñabeitia, & Manuel Carreiras - Is concreteness processed automatically?
S. Springorum, & S. Schulte im Walde - Contextual abstraction of particle meaning in German particle verbs.
Y. Tong, & A. Cienki - How limits can be pushed: Action, metaphor and gesture.
S. Zacharias - The development of abstract scientific concepts in a naturalistic classroom setting.

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