LINGUIST List 32.726

Fri Feb 26 2021

Calls: Cog Sci, Pragmatics, Semantics/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 25-Feb-2021
From: Katharina Mucha <>
Subject: Colorful concepts from a linguistic point of view
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Full Title: Colorful concepts from a linguistic point of view

Date: 08-Sep-2021 - 10-Sep-2021
Location: Ruhr University Bochum, Zoom (Online), Germany
Contact Person: Katharina Mucha
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 10-Apr-2021

Meeting Description:

Colorful concepts from a linguistic point of view

What kind of color words idioms, composites, comparisons, abstract and concrete collocations do speakers and writers use to talk and write about events, feelings, structures, processes?

What forms and functions do color adjectives have in language systems and where, in which spaces, do colors refer? What do color adjectives do for the organization of concepts? Are color adjectives replaceable by non-color adjectives? Do color adjectives and collocations organize concepts scalarly or categorically? Do color adjectives stand up to language comparison? Which color adjectives function adverbially in which way? In what way do color words intensify and/or identify concepts? What kind of lexemes act as implicit color components of analytic sentences?

What role do complementary and non-complementary color compositions play in advertising and media design? Can we rely on color perceptions and their interpretations? What kind of assignments in the linking of colors and feelings, colors and structures, colors and events, colors and processes are there? Which geometric, spatial and arithmetic regularities in the linking of colors and events, colors and feelings, colors and structures, colors and processes do speakers and writers use?

The Zoom (online) workshop languages are English and German. The Zoom workshop is scheduled for September 8-10, 2021. A peer-reviewed publication of the contributions is planned.

Dr. Katharina Mucha
Research Associate
Ruhr University Bochum
Institute of German Studies

Call for Papers:

The workshop welcomes morphosyntactic, semantic, and/or pragmatic analyses of color expressions as well as literary, cultural, and corpus-linguistic analyses of concepts of color. Contributions may focus on individual phenomena or discourses and may be synchronic or diachronic, they can be dedicated to a single language or to language comparison.

Please send a paper proposal in the form of an abstract (max. 300 words excluding references) by April 10, 2021 to

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