LINGUIST List 32.491

Tue Feb 09 2021

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Morphology, Phonetics, Semantics, Typology/Slovakia

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 09-Feb-2021
From: Livia Kortvelyessy <>
Subject: Onomatopoeia
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Full Title: Onomatopoeia

Date: 24-Jun-2022 - 24-Jun-2022
Location: Kosice, Slovakia
Contact Person: Livia Kortvelyessy
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonetics; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2022

Meeting Description:

**Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this conference has been postponed one year. The new date is 24 June, 2022**

If we ask two linguists of divergent theoretical background about the nature of the word cuckoo, we might face two different worlds. While in the English linguistic tradition this word is categorized as onomatopoeia, its Slovak equivalent kukučka is at most of onomatopoeic origin but definitely not onomatopoeia itself. The relate onomatopoeia kukuk is treated as an interjection. These contradictions suggest that the comprehension of onomatopoeia is not universal. Theories of onomatopoeia (if available) seem to be, similarly to onomatopoeia itself, language specific. In addition, there is no in-depth analysis of the relation between onomatopoeia and other iconic phenomena, such as ideophones, phonosthemes, etc. Any description of the state-of-the-art of onomatopoeia should take into account two basic issues – its relation to the phenomenon of sound symbolism and its status with regard to the Saussurean concept of arbitrariness.

The workshop’s aim is to discuss various approaches to any of the above-mentioned topics. Papers focused on a cross-linguistic comparison of the phenomena in question are most welcome.

Call for Papers:

Please send the abstracts (300 words max) to Livia Kortvelyessy (livia.kortvelyessyupjs) by April 15, 2022.

The information about the accepted papers will be available on April 30, 2022. More conference information will be available closer to the date.

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