LINGUIST List 32.4065

Thu Dec 30 2021

Confs: Cognitive Science, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/Greece

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Date: 22-Dec-2021
From: Angeliki Alvanoudi <>
Subject: Social and Cultural Aspects of Language and their Figurative Potential
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Social and Cultural Aspects of Language and their Figurative Potential

Date: 28-Jan-2022 - 29-Jan-2022
Location: Thessaloniki (Online), Greece
Contact: Angeliki Alvanoudi
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Online workshop organized by Thessaloniki Cognitive Linguistics Research Group (
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of English, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece

The aim of the workshop is to carry out research on the cognitive and sociocultural aspects of languages also accounting for the figurative extensions. Cognitive Linguistics has mainly analyzed majority languages (English in particular) from a synchronic perspective showing limited interest in social and multimodal aspects of communication (Divjak et al. 2016). In recent years there has been growing interest in socially and culturally situated cognition and empirically grounded cognitive linguistic research, as is evidenced, inter alia, by studies on cognitive sociolinguistics (Geeraerts et al. 2010; Kristiansen & Geeraerts 2013; Pütz et al. 2014), social cognitive linguistics (Croft 2009), cultural linguistics (Sharifian 2017), and studies on cognitive linguistics and interactional discourse (Zima & Brône 2015). The proposed workshop considers figurative thought and language as a promising area of research within the ‘sociocultural turn’ of the Cognitive Linguistics framework, and aims to shed light into data from languages for which research on the cognitive and sociocultural aspects also exploring the figurative perspective remains limited. More specifically, the workshop aims to examine the role of figurative thought in the interplay between social, cognitive and cultural aspects of language use, focusing on language variation, cultural models in speech communities, the ideological dimensions of political/parliamentary discourse and the press, the relation between multimodal discourse, culture, and ideology/power, to name some aspects of the broad sociocultural field of research.


Social and cultural aspects of language and their figurative potential
Online workshop organized by Thessaloniki Cognitive Linguistics Research Group
Saturday, 29 January 2022

(All times in Greek time zone)

10.00-10.15 Opening Session (Angeliki Alvanoudi)

Session 1 (irony)
10.15-10.30 Inés Lozano-Palacio & Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza, Dimensions of echoic activity in irony
10.30-10.45 Fabienne Baider & Maria Constantinou, Irony in anti-vax and pro-vax Facebook discussions: A comparative cross-cultural approach
10.45-11.00 Discussion break

Session 2 (metaphors, political debates/arguments)
11.00-11.15 Anais Auge, Political arguments and political responses through metaphors: The role of quoted metaphors in the climate change debate
11.15-11.30 Ludmilla A ’Beckett, The discourse-historical situatedness of a metaphor scenario: “The hand of Moscow” as an actor and recipient in Ukrainian discourse
11.30-11.45 Teodora Popescu, Metaphorical representations of COVID-19 in the Romanian press
11.45-12.00 Discussion break

Session 3 (strategies of crisis discourse, comparative studies)
12.00-12.15 Eleni Butulussi, The conceptual metaphor CRISIS IS WAR in different discourse-historical contexts: A comparative study
12.15-12.30 Anais Auge, “We are in the same storm, not in the same boat”: When a metaphor does not fit environmental concerns
12.30-12.45 Paraskevi Pavlopoulou, Metaphor in migration crisis discourse: Analyzing conversations with the police
12.45-13.00 Discussion break

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

Session 4 (metonymy, cultural cognition)
15.00-15.15 Carla Ovejas Ramírez, Can metonymic complexes account for the translation of film titles? A case study
15.15-15.30 Thodoris Xioufis, Cultural aspects in metonymies of romantic love
15.30-15.45 Efthimia Apokatanidis, “Universal” and cultural elements in the figurative verbo-visual representation of depression
15.45-16.00 Discussion break

Session 5 (socio/ethnolects, metaphor)
16.00-16.15 Maria Karali, Ethnolects for political authorities in ancient Greek dialects
16.15-16.30 A. Somoglou & Maria Theodoropoulou, Metaphor, experience, and sociolect: Τhe motorcycle in the language of motorcyclists
16.30-16.45 Xiang Huang, Is obesity just a health issue? Metaphorical representations of obesity in Weibo
16.45-17.00 Discussion break

Session 6 (socio/interactional perspectives)
17.00-17.15 Stavros Assimakopoulos, Communicating exclusion: The propositional and affective effects of figurative language in discriminatory discourse
17.15-17.30 Maria Christodoulidou, Figurative language in complaints related to covid19 pandemic in a live radio broadcast
17.30-17.45 Angeliki Alvanoudi, The ideological work of figurative language in Greek conversation: An interactional perspective
17.45-18.00 Discussion break

18.00-19.00 Plenary session: Costas Canakis, Social and cultural aspects of language in grammar and discourse

19.00-19.30 Closing discussion

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