LINGUIST List 29.615

Mon Feb 05 2018

Calls: Cog Sci, Disc Analysis, Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Semantics/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 02-Feb-2018
From: Augusto Soares da Silva <>
Subject: 4th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language
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Full Title: 4th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language
Short Title: FTL4

Date: 23-Oct-2018 - 26-Oct-2018
Location: Braga, Portugal
Contact Person: Augusto Soares da Silva
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2018

Meeting Description:

4th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language
23-26 October 2018
Catholic University of Portugal
Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences – Braga, Portugal

The 4th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language (FTL4) aims to continue as a forum for the discussion of links between figurative thought and language started at previous events in Thessaloniki (2014), Pavia (2015) and Osijek (2017). Cognitive linguistics was at the time of its inception all about conceptual metaphors, and also about metonymies, image schemas and blending. As a result of the rapid development and diversification of cognitive linguistics, new topics and methodologies emerged, gradually pushing conceptual metaphors and metonymies out of the center stage. However, vigorous research into how conceptual metaphors and metonymies interact and motivate grammatical structures, discourse types and communication processes that we have recently witnessed justifies its coming back into the limelight.

Plenary Speakers:

Kathryn Allan, University College London, UK

John Barnden, University of Birmingham, UK

Geert Brône, University of Leuven, Belgium

Gareth Carrol, University of Birmingham, UK

Dirk Geeraerts, University of Leuven, Belgium

Dylan Glynn, Université Paris 8, France

Solange Vereza, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil

Esme Winter-Froemel, Trier University, Germany

Jordan Zlatev, Lund University, Sweden

2nd Call for Papers:

The 4th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language aims to continue as a forum for the discussion of links between figurative thought and language started at previous events in Thessaloniki (2014), Pavia (2015) and Osijek (2017).

We invite contributions from various theoretical and applied perspectives (e.g. cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive semiotics, cognitive poetics, cognitive anthropology and philosophy of mind), and methodologies (e.g. corpus studies, experimental techniques, synchronic and diachronic analyses, critical discourse analysis, sociovariational analysis, cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparison, translation). Suggested topics include (but are not restricted to):

- The impact of figuration on levels of linguistic analysis (morphology, lexis, syntax, semantics, pragmatics)
- The impact of figuration on areas of grammar (grammatical constructions, grammatical categories, parts-of-speech)
- The impact of figuration on various types of discourse: politics, economics, business, media, public sphere, advertising, story-telling, narrative, law, science, medicine, healthcare, illness, education, poetry, sports, religion, etc.
- Corpus-based, experimental and multivariate statistical approaches to figuration
- Diachronic and sociocultural approaches to figuration; figuration and language change and variation
- Figuration from body, culture and society
- Figuration and ideology
- Figuration and rhetoric, persuasion and manipulation
- Figuration, creativity and blending
- Figuration and artificial intelligence
- Figuration and emotion
- Figuration and problem solving in business, politics, education, healthcare, counselling, psychotherapy and conflict situations (war, terrorism, climate change, migration, racism, globalization, populism)
- Figuration and cognitive development: figurativeness acquisition, processing and comprehension
- Figuration and language teaching and pedagogy
- Multimodal figuration: figuration in images, music and gestures
- Figurative gestures and figuration in sign languages
- Humor, irony, sarcasm
- Antithesis, antiphrasis, euphemism, hyperbole, hypallage, simile, synecdoche, synesthesia and other understudied figures

The language of the conference is English. Session slots will be allocated 25 minutes, which includes questions and discussion.

1. Theme sessions
Deadline: 10 February 2018. Notification: 28 February 2018

Theme session organizers should submit their theme session proposals directly to the conference organizers (by email: Theme session proposals should include: session title, name and affiliation of the theme session convener, a description of the topic and research questions (no more than 1000 words excluding references), a list of the authors and titles of the individual papers, and all abstracts for the theme session in a suitable order.

Once the theme session has been accepted as a whole, theme session authors will need to submit their abstracts for review (following the guidelines below).

2. General session and submission of all abstracts
Deadline: 31 March 2018. Notification: 30 April 2018.

- The abstract should be sent to the following address:
- Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (including examples, and excluding figures and references), and should include 5 keywords and state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results.
- Please do not mention the author’s name, institution or address in the abstract.

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