LINGUIST List 32.2901

Sun Sep 12 2021

Calls: Ling & Literature/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 09-Sep-2021
From: Philippe Monneret <>
Subject: 13th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature
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Full Title: 13th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature
Short Title: ILL13

Date: 31-May-2022 - 02-Jun-2022
Location: Soorbonne University Paris, France
Contact Person: Philippe Monneret
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Call Deadline: 29-Oct-2021

Meeting Description:

13th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature
Sorbonne University, Paris

The topic of iconicity – resemblance between form and meaning – continues to be highly relevant for the study of language (in both spoken and signed modalities) and literature, but also for other semiotic systems and media involving gesture, depiction and music, and for interdisciplinary fields such as cognitive science and cognitive semiotics. At the theoretical level, the understanding of the concept of iconicity supposes a good understanding of the notions of resemblance or analogy. The theme of the 13th Symposium is therefore “Iconicity and analogy”.

Previous symposia have concentrated on iconicity as a driving force in language (both spoken and signed) on all grammatical levels, as well as in language change, language acquisition, and language processing. They have also addressed iconicity in language use across a range of media (from print to performance), incorporating the uses of iconic images, diagrams and metaphors at different levels of abstraction and in all varieties of text and discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts, advertising, language and music, word and image, etc.). These possibilities remain open for the 2022 symposium, and we welcome abstracts to topics such as (but not limited to), the following:

* Iconicity in the speech signal (“sound symbolism”, “ideophones”)
* Iconicity in grammar and text
* Iconicity in literature
* Iconicity in philosophy
* Iconicity in signed languages
* Iconicity in gestures
* Iconicity in pictures and other visual media
* Iconicity in music
* Iconicity in intermediality
* Iconicity in narration
* Iconicity in imagination (“mental imagery”)
* Iconicity in metaphors within and across semiotic systems
* Iconicity across sensory modalities (“multimodality” and “cross-modality”)
* Iconicity in evolution
* Iconicity in child development

Given the wide scope of the topic, accepted presentations need to be made accessible for an interdisciplinary audience. The symposium will be held in French and in English.

Call for Papers:

We invite the submission of abstracts to the 13th Biennial International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature initiated by the Iconicity Research Project, with the first symposium held in Zurich 1997, see

Abstract submission: We invite abstracts in English or in French (450 words maximum, excluding references) of unpublished work for oral presentations, posters, and theme sessions.

* Oral papers: 30 minutes + 10 minutes discussion, in two or three parallel sessions. (Deadline: 29 October 2021)
* Posters: there will be a 2-hour poster session for up to 30 presentations (Deadline: 29 October 2021).

Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two reviewers from an international Scientific Committee of experts in the respective field. The symposium will be hosted by STIH and the “UFR Langue française” at Sorbonne University (Paris).
Abstracts are to be submitted through (see the link at the website).
A selected number of essays will be published in the Iconicity in Language and Literature (ILL) series published by John Benjamins.

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