LINGUIST List 32.1052

Mon Mar 22 2021

Confs: Cog Sci, Hist Ling, Semantics, Writing Systems/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 21-Mar-2021
From: Gaelle Chantrain <>
Subject: Language, semantics and cognition: Saying and conceptualizing the world from Ancient Egypt to modern times
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Language, semantics and cognition: Saying and conceptualizing the world from Ancient Egypt to modern times
Short Title: LSC conference

Date: 16-Apr-2021 - 18-Apr-2021
Location: Yale University (online), USA
Contact: Gaelle Chantrain
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Writing Systems

Meeting Description:

In the last forty years, several breakthroughs have been made in applying theoretical frameworks from general linguistics to the study and description of the Egyptian language. One significant landmark was the organization of the first Crossroad(s) conferences in 1986 and 1990, which initiated an ever-growing trend. In the same theme, several studies have shown how valuable the insertion of ancient Egyptian data (and from other ancient languages) can be for the research in general linguistics, but also in cognitive and semiotic/semantic studies. However, the current state of research constitutes only a preliminary glance at what could be done in this research area. These are thus still very new and highly promising directions to investigate, especially with the recent development of digital corpora (on the Egyptological side: Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae, Ramses), which considerably ease the access to a large amount of data. These corpora allow for a more precise description of the underlying semantic structures of the Egyptian language as well as for easier and more systematic comparisons between languages.

This conference aims at first establishing and discussing the current state of research in the different fields involved (Egyptology, lexical semantics, semantic typology, visual semiotics, metaphor studies, cognitive linguistics, classifiers studies) and, second, at addressing some main research questions for the future in order to establish the foundations of a methodological road map for more effective interdisciplinary research.

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