LINGUIST List 29.2828

Fri Jul 06 2018

Calls: Disc Analysis, Gen Ling, Ling & Literature, Semantics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 06-Jul-2018
From: Georg Marko <>
Subject: Language and the Weather / Sprache und Wetter
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Full Title: Language and the Weather / Sprache und Wetter

Date: 26-Oct-2018 - 27-Oct-2018
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Contact Person: Georg Marko
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Semantics

Call Deadline: 05-Aug-2018

Meeting Description:

Weather we… no, wrong… whether we are chilling out in the shade, still foggy-brained after a stormy night, whether we are hoping for a better atmosphere for the autumn summit on climate change, or whether the mercury is falling for our meteorophobic friends with their heads in the clouds, weather literally and non-literally is and happens everywhere and all the time. It thus is an essential part of our world and our environment. In our endeavour to comprehend our relating to, and making sense of, our world and our environment, we need to explore how we interpret current weather events and long-term climatic states and changes, how we conceptualize them and use them in our understanding of other phenomena and which role language and texts play in these processes. This is the main focus of the workshop “Language and the weather”.

This workshop will take place at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, from 26 to 27 October 2018, as part of the Annual Conference of Linguistics in Austria (ÖLT). It will be co-organized by Hermine Penz, Georg Marko (University Graz, Austria) and Martin Döring (University Hamburg, Germany).

We invite contributions approaching this topic from various methodological and disciplinary angles, ranging from genre-analytical studies of weather forecasts and semantic research into literary and non-literary weather metaphors to syntactic investigations of subject-less precipitation verbs and critical analyses of climate change discourses. There are no restrictions on the language or the semiotic mode of the material to be analysed or on the researchers’ disciplinary backgrounds as we are looking for a wide range of different contributions, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinarity.

Call for Papers:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to and hermine.penz(at) by 5 August 2018 (notification will be sent by 12 August). Individual presentations will be allocated 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. The workshop languages are English and German.

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