LINGUIST List 9.1368

Fri Oct 2 1998

Calls: French Lang., Spanish Ling., Metaphor

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  • Treffers-Daller, Jeanine, Association for French Language Studies
  • Dr. Ana Roca, XVII National Conference on Spanish in the United States

    Message 1: Association for French Language Studies

    Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 14:25:19 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Treffers-Daller, Jeanine <>
    Subject: Association for French Language Studies


    Association for French Language Studies

    in conjunction with

    The Centre for European Studies in the Faculty of Languages and European Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol


    Discours masculins, discours feminins

    Saturday, 6 February 1999

    Contributions are invited for this day-workshop promoted by AFLS and hosted by the Centre for European Studies at UWE, Bristol addressing any aspect of the relationship between Language and Gender in French. Speakers should aim to speak for 25 minutes with 15 minutes for questions.

    Please send abstracts (c.100-150 words) by Friday, 6 November 1998 to:

    Kate Beeching Faculty of Languages and European Studies UWE, Bristol Frenchay Campus Coldharbour Lane Bristol BS16 1QY Telephone 0117 965 6261, ext 2911 Fax 0117 976 3843 E-mail

    Message 2: XVII National Conference on Spanish in the United States

    Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 10:38:34 -0400
    From: Dr. Ana Roca <>
    Subject: XVII National Conference on Spanish in the United States

    Reminder! Call for Papers Deadline--October 19, 1998 XVII El Espaol in los Estados Unidos

    March 11-13, 1999 Coral Gables (Miami-Dade County) and Miami Sponsored by The Department of Modern Languages and the Latin American and Caribbean Center Florida International University, Miami, Florida

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Guadalupe Valds, Stanford University Dr. John M. Lipski, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)

    Abstracts for 20-minute papers are invited on the following topics vrelated to Spanish in the United States: language maintenance and language shift, language variation, discourse analysis, language policy and planning issues, attitudes and politics, testing, heritage language education in the secondary schools and in higher education, language and public life (such as court interpreting, Spanish and the law, Spanish in the media, Spanish in the corporate world, Spanish journalism), bilingual education, and other relevant sociolinguistic topics and issues pertaining to Spanish in the United States.

    Persons interested in presenting a paper at the Conference are requested to submit five copies of a one-page abstract of the paper. The abstract should be accompanied by a separate pagebstating the title of the paper, your name, affiliation, institutional address, your telephone numbers including fax, e-mail address, and home address and telephone number. Please do not identify yourself on the abstract itself. A bibliography may be included on a second page of the abstract if necessary. Abstracts cannot be accepted by mail and must be received by October 19, 1998. Queries and abstracts should be addressed to:

    Dr. Ana Roca, Conference Chair XVII Spanish in the United States Conference Department of Modern Languages Florida International University DM 498A Miami, FL 33199

    305-348-2046, 305-348-2851

    Absracts will be reviewed anonymously by an abstract committee and notification will be sent by the end of November.

    Full conference information will be available at a later date on a web site which is currently being set up via FIU (Spanish in the United States). You can also obtain further conferenece information by calling 305-348-2894 (ask for Marla Castellanos) after November 20.

    Hotel rates at the David Williams Hotel are set at $99 per night (special conference rate and a great rate for Miami during the season). The actual conference will be at the nearby and beautiful The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. For reservations at the David Williams Hotel, call: 305-445-7821 and explain you are requesting the arranged conference rate for FIU's Spanish in the US Conference. Contact person there: Ruby Gonzlez, Sales Representative. Space is limited and reservations must be made by around February 10 in order to obtain the less expensive conference rate.


    Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 20:22:16 MET
    From: Gerard Steen <>


    Tilburg University, 30 June to 2 July 1999




    Tilburg University is pleased to announce the third international conference on Researching And Applying Metaphor from 30 June to 2 July 1999. The conference will focus on fundamental and applied research on metaphor across languages, in particular on metaphor in translation and metaphor in intercultural communication. Moreover, we would like to include the domain of literature as a special area of attention, in that it poses problems of translation and in that it can be seen as an interesting instance of intercultural communication in more than one respect (see below). We are hence inviting linguists, psycholinguists, sociolinguists, discourse analysts, translation theorists and translators, literary scholars and writers, and educationalists, to submit proposals for papers on these topics by December 31, 1998.


    The conference will have a highly informal and practical character: the main aim is to bring people together from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to foster exchange of information and discussion about metaphor across languages. This aim was chosen as a result of the experiences at the previous two RAAM conferences, in which it was felt that the international study of metaphor was too much oriented to British and American English. At the end of RAAM II in Copenhagen (May 1997), it was concluded that the availability of a new paradigm for metaphor studies since Lakoff and Johnson's Metaphors We Live By may have given a tremendous impetus to linguistic research on metaphor, but a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective have remained comparatively underdeveloped. It is the specific purpose of this conference to alleviate this problem.

    Suggestions for topics

    Fundamental research: - Identification of conceptual metaphors; - Identification of linguistic metaphors; - Analysis of conceptual metaphors; - Analysis of linguistic metaphors. Including literature: - Special difficulties in identifying and analysing linguistic and conceptual metaphors in literary texts, contemporary and historical.

    Translation: - Linguistic aspects of metaphor influencing translation. - Conceptual aspects of metaphor influencing translation. - Translation strategies and metaphor translation. Including literature: - Special difficulties in metaphor translation in literary texts, contemporary and historical.

    Intercultural communication: - Conventional metaphor as the cause of or solution to intercultural communication problems. - Deliberate metaphor as the cause of or solution to intercultural communication problems. - Metaphor in communication training and intercultural settings. Including literature: - Metaphor usage by non-native writers of literature in a particular language; - Metaphor processing by non-native readers of literature in a particular language.


    The goal of the conference requires an organization that is slightly different. Given the suspected lack of a critical mass of cross-linguistic and cross- and intercultural studies of metaphor, it is the conference itself which will have to reinforce these perspectives by bringing together speakers from different backgrounds. In particular, we would like to organize a number of workshops in which papers on similar topics but from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds are combined. It is hoped that the interaction between the speakers during the conference will create a cross-linguistic and cross- and intercultural perspective on metaphor.


    Consequently, we are envisaging the following procedure. Proposals for papers have to be sent in by December 31, 1998. The program committee will examine the contents of the proposals in January and put together a provisional vprogram in which papers are combined in a number of workshops. Workshops may vary from self-regulating with a self-appointed chair to tightly organized and goal-directed with precirculation of papers and/or data, depending on the state of the research in each of them. Authors of papers will be notified of the preliminary program in February and will be asked if they can agree with their position in the program. If alterations are to be made to the program, they will be announced by March 1rst. This will leave ample time for participants in workshops to prepare their sessions before the conference, in the form of precirculation of papers, data, and so on. The program committee will include suggestions for preparation and approach individuals for taking on some of the organizational responsibilities per workshop.

    Program committee

    Lynne Cameron, Peter Crisp, Alice Deignan, Anders Engstr"m, Charles Forceville, Ray Gibbs, Rachel Giora, Johan Hoorn, Graham Low, Yeshayahu Shen, and Gerard Steen

    Submission of proposals for papers

    Proposals for papers should not exceed 300 words and be submitted electronically by December 31 1998. Please use the following address: The proposal should give a clear indication of the general area of research (fundamental, intercultural, or translation, excluding or including literature). It should also specify how the paper could contribute to a workshop; in other words, what can other participants take away from the workshop in which the paper is presented: a theory, a method of analysis, data on linguistic metaphor, data on conceptual metaphor, or applications to particular domains of discourse? Finally, the proposal should suggest how it can be used best in a workshop: with prior circulation of the complete paper, with prior circulation of the central aspect (like an outline of the theory, method, data, or application), without prior circulation but with incorporation in a top-down organized session, or without prior circulation and top-down organization altogether.


    When the program has been finalized by March 1, registration forms will be sent out to participants and posted at the conference website:

    ( for those who wish to attend the conference but do not give a paper.