LINGUIST List 30.4816

Tue Dec 24 2019

Calls: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Disc Analysis, Gen Ling, Socioling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 04-Dec-2019
From: Beata Wójtowicz <>
Subject: Language – Culture – Literature: East African Perspective (II)
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Full Title: Language – Culture – Literature: East African Perspective (II)
Short Title: LCL

Date: 24-Sep-2020 - 25-Sep-2020
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Contact Person: Beata Wójtowicz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Meeting Description:

The workshop aims at examining the relationship between language and culture while focusing on Swahili and other communities of East Africa. The present meeting continues the line of research initiated by a conference under the same theme which took place at the University of Warsaw in May of 2019. The workshop will provide a platform for researchers coming from different countries and working in different traditions to share their views on various aspects of language-culture-literature interconnections. We invite scholars of linguistics, literature and broad areas of cultural studies who work on Kiswahili and other languages of East Africa. Selected contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed monography.

Invited Keynote Speakers:

(in lexicographic order)
Prof. Ernesta Mosha, University of Dar es Salaam
Prof. Leonard Muaka, Howard University
Prof. Alena Rettová, SOAS, University of London

Call for Papers:

Language – Culture – Literature: East African Perspective (II)
University of Warsaw, Department of African Languages and Cultures

E-mail contact:

Venue: University of Warsaw, Old Library Building, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warsaw

The relation between language and culture has received a lot of attention in academic scholarship of the recent decades with a conclusion that cultural and linguistic experiences are interconnected and mutually affect each other. Cultural practices and values which societies “live by” are reflected in linguistic structures through metaphors and other conceptualizations (e.g. image and event schemas, frames and scripts). They are entrenched in everyday linguistic usage, clichés and frequent expressions, oral and written literature. At the same time, their manifestations in frequent use lead to emergence of “cultural cognition” and provide cultural models to follow and possibly develop in novel ways.

Suggested topics for presentations may cover cultural conceptualizations in:

Linguistic structures and usage patterns
Discourse and communication strategies
Cultural keywords and values
Grammaticalization processes
Lexical categorization
Expression of emotions
Gestures and sign languages
Idioms, clichés, frequent expressions
Proverbs, riddles, enigmas
Various literary genres
Journalistic texts, comics and caricatures
New media communication (WhatsApp, social media content)
Translation and second language teaching

Please send abstracts (a named version and an anonymous version, preferably in the pdf format) at:

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, but a separate page with references may be added.
Abstracts and papers should be in English.

Abstracts’ deadline: March 31, 2020
Abstracts’ notification: April 30, 2020

More information at the Conference webpage:

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