CogLingDays 6, Ghent

April 8, 2014

After successful meetings in Utrecht, Leuven, Leiden, Antwerp, and Groningen, the sixth edition of the biennial conference of the Belgium Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association (BeNeCLA, http://benecla.com) will take place at Ghent University on 11–12 December 2014. The conference provides a forum to scholars based in the Low Countries or abroad to present and discuss their research in the various strands of cognitive linguistics or other cognitively inspired usage-based approaches to language, including construction grammar.


 
Conference website: http://www.contragram-network.ugent.be/node/10

 
Plenary speakers:

Ewa Dąbrowska (Northumbria University)
Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven)
Muriel Norde (Humboldt University Berlin)
Gerard Steen (VU University Amsterdam)

 
Organising committee:

Frank Brisard (University of Antwerp)
Timothy Colleman (Ghent University)
Renata Enghels (Ghent University)
Tim Geleyn (Ghent University)
Peter Lauwers (Ghent University)
Miriam Taverniers (Ghent University)

 
Scientific committee:

Jóhanna Barđdal (Ghent), Ronny Boogaart (Leiden), Frank Brisard (Antwerp), Bert Cappelle (Lille), Timothy Colleman (Ghent), Bert Cornillie (Leuven), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Barbara De Cock (Louvain), Gert De Sutter (Ghent), Renata Enghels (Ghent), Kurt Feyaerts (Leuven), Ad Foolen (Nijmegen), Liesbet Heyvaert (Leuven), Francisco Gonzálvez-García (Almeria), Peter Lauwers (Ghent), Dominique Legallois (Caen), Maarten Lemmens (Lille), Tanja Mortelmans (Antwerp), Esther Pascual (Groningen), Paul Sambre (Leuven), Miriam Taverniers (Ghent), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Dominique Willems (Ghent)

 
We invite abstracts for regular 20-minute conference presentations, which will be reviewed anonymously. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, including references and data, and should mention main research question(s), methodology, dataset and (expected) results. The conference languages are English, Dutch, and French.

 
Please send your abstract as a pdf attachment to cogling6@UGent.be. Please do not reveal the identity of the author(s) in the abstract; this implies not making explicit references to one’s own work in the first person. Include author names and affiliations in the body of your e-mail.

 
Deadline for submission: 15 May 2014
Notification of acceptance: 10 June 2014


“The Political Impact of Metaphors”, University of Liège, 15-16 May 2014

April 7, 2014
International interdisciplinary conference on “The Political Impact of Metaphors”, University of Liège (ULg), 15-16 May 2014.
Arranged by the Departments of Modern Languages of the University of Liege (ULg) and of Political Science form the University of Louvain (UCL).

Scope and issues
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In the wake of Lakoff and Johnson’s seminal work, much attention has been devoted to the study of metaphors not as rhetoric figures but as conceptual tools to express a complex reality in more familiar terms. While conceptual metaphors occur in every area of life, the political domain remains one prominent area where to find metaphors.

Though a large body of research has been devoted to the study of (conceptual) metaphors in the political domain, it is striking to notice that the question of the political impact of metaphors has hardly been addressed. While metaphors are described as devices structuring our perception of political realities and representations, and as devices frequently used by political elite to frame particular debates, their actual political impact has mostly been taken for granted. We therefore suggest that the next turn in the study of political metaphors is to grasp their political impact. This issue raises several questions: they tap on the “production” side and on the “reception” side of the metaphor chain, as well as on the intermediary process itself both at the individual level and at the collective level:

- Who, why and how do we use metaphors in political discourse?

- What’s the short-term, mid-term and long-term political impact of metaphor use?

- How do metaphors circulate from one discourse type to another?

- Do they travel across issues, languages and countries?

- What does political impact more precisely mean?

- What are the political consequences of metaphors in terms of attitudes and behaviours?

- Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, the aim of this conference is to offer not only conceptual insights but also real world oriented research to explain how discourses, through metaphors, actively shape the political reality.
The conference will include talks by Gerard Steen, Ray Gibbs, Tina Krenmayr, Didier Caluwaerts, Emilie L’Hôte, Camille Debras, Brigitte Nerlich, Dimitrios Karmis and Christ’l De Landstheer.

 

Practical information
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Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/metaimpactulg/ for further information about the conference, including full programme and registration.


ICLC-13 (20-25 July 2015, Northumbria University)

March 12, 2014

13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13)

http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/iclc13

We are pleased to announce the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13), which is being held 20-25 July 2015 in Northumbria University, Newcastle, England. ICLC is the biennial conference of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA, http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org).

 

Confirmed plenary speakers are:

- Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)

- Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

- Mirjam Fried (Charles University in Prague)

- Hans-Jörg Schmid (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

- Ronald Langacker (University of California, San Diego)

- Gabriella Vigliocco (University College London)

The special theme of this edition of the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference is “bringing together theory and method”. This reflects one of the main outcomes of ICLC-12, Alberta: that the future of cognitive linguistics lies in the successful union of a robust empirical approach with sound theory.

Information about the conference can be found at http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/iclc13, which will be updated as more details become available.

Amanda Patten (on behalf of the Organising Committee and the ICLA)

ICLC13@northumbria.ac.uk

 

Conference Organisers:

Dr Amanda Patten (chair)

Prof Ewa Dąbrowska

Dr Mimi Huang

Dr James Street

Sarah Duffy

Rachel Ramsey


Vacancy (Utrecht University): Postdoctoral position in discourse processing

January 14, 2014

Job description

The goal of the postdoc-project is to investigate the interaction between two crucial mechanisms in discourse processing: coherence relations realized by discourse connectives (causal, contrastive, additive) and pronoun resolution. The focus will be placed on both theory and experimental validation. The postdoc will design eye-tracking and text comprehension experiments in order to investigate the quality of machine translated texts. He/she will collaborate closely with a Ph.D. student working on the annotation of such phenomena in corpora of natural language discourse.

The project will be part of the MODERN SNSF project on the modeling of inter-sentential dependencies (connectives and referential expressions) to improve the output of machine translation systems. It will be hosted by a research group at UiL OTS (Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University) that focuses on machine translation of discourse phenomena. Researchers involved include Ted Sanders, Arnout Koornneef and Sandrine Zufferey.

Requirements

Applicants will have received a PhD in linguistics or psycholinguistics. Candidates must have experience with eye-tracking. Excellent demonstrable command of English as well as either French, German or Dutch is required. Previous experience in natural language processing and translation is a plus.

Conditions of employment

The position is offered for an initial period of 1 year, 0.9 FTE, to be extended by another 1 year (0.9 FTE) upon positive evaluation. Depending on your knowledge and experience, your monthly gross salary will start at between  € 3,037.- and €3,259 . We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The appointment will start as soon as the necessary work permits and documents are obtained, with a target starting date of March 1st, 2014.

How to apply

Applications should include

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details
  • the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses); preferably: two reference letters are sent digitally to dr Schoorlemmer
  • a PhD thesis
  • one selected publication

Apply through the Utrecht University vacancy site

(search “academic” + ” Humanities”, open the relevant ad, scroll to the bottom, and click on the application link)

The deadline for application is 22-1-2014.

The interviews are scheduled during the first week of February, 2014.

Additional information

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Ted Sanders (T.J.M.Sanders@uu.nl), Dr. Sandrine Zufferey (S.I.Zufferey@uu.nl) or Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer (m.schoorlemmer@uu.nl)


Vacancy (Utrecht University): PhD studentship in discourse annotation from a multilingual perspective

January 14, 2014

Project description

The goal of the PhD-project is to further develop a method for the annotation of coherence relations in discourse, to apply this method to a corpus of Dutch texts, and subsequently to texts in other languages in order to build contrastive analyses. The focus will be placed on the way coherence relations are realized across languages as well as on the interface between relational and referential coherence (pronoun resolution).

The project will be part of the MODERN SNSF project on the modeling of inter-sentential dependencies (connectives and referential expressions) to improve the output of machine translation systems. It will be hosted by a research group at UiL OTS (Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University) that focuses on machine translation of discourse phenomena. Researchers involved include Ted Sanders, Arnout Koornneef and Sandrine Zufferey.

Qualifications

Applicants are holders of an MA or equivalent degree in linguistics with a specialisation in pragmatics or discourse, language use, language and communication or the like. Given the requirement to annotate discourse relations in Dutch for the project, we are looking for native speakers of Dutch.  Excellent demonstrable command of English as well as either French or German is also required. Previous experience in natural language processing and translation is a plus.

Work conditions

The position is offered for an initial period of 18 months, 1 FTE, to be extended by another 18 months upon positive evaluation. Your monthly gross salary will start at  € 2.083.- . We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.The appointment will start as soon as the necessary work permits and documents are obtained, with a target starting date of April 1st, 2014.

How to apply

Applications (via a dedicated university webpage) should include

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details
  • the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses); preferably: two reference letters are sent digitally to dr Schoorlemmer
  • an MA thesis

Apply through the Utrecht University vacancy site

(search “academic” + ” Humanities”, open the relevant ad, scroll to the bottom, and click on the application link)

The deadline for application is 26 -1-2014.

The interviews are scheduled to take place during the last week of February, 2014.

Contact information

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Ted Sanders (T.J.M.Sanders@uu.nl), Dr. Sandrine Zufferey (S.I.Zufferey@uu.nl) or Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer (m.schoorlemmer@uu.nl)


6 december: ‘Constructies in variatie en verandering’, Gent

November 16, 2013

Op vrijdag 6 december vindt de editie 2013 van het jaarlijkse Taal
en Tongvalcolloquium plaats, in het gebouw van de Koninklijke Academie
voor Nederlandse Taal en Letterkunde (KANTL) in Gent (Koningstraat 18).
Het thema van het colloquium is Constructies in variatie en
verandering/Verandering en variatie in constructies: op het programma
staan 13 lezingen over aspecten van synchrone en/of diachrone variatie
in de eigenschappen van (grammaticale) constructies in het Nederlands of
verwante talen en/of over de rol van constructies in processen van
taalverandering en variatie. Het volledige programma is te raadplegen
via de onderstaande link.

http://www.contragram-network.ugent.be/node/8

De organisatoren zijn Timothy Colleman (Universiteit Gent) en Freek
Van de Velde (KU Leuven). Het colloquium wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt
door de financiële steun van FWO-Vlaanderen, de KANTL en de
onderzoeksgroep Contragram van de Universiteit Gent.

Alle belangstellenden zijn van harte welkom. Deelname aan het
colloquium is gratis, maar aan de deelnemers wordt gevraagd om zich
vooraf aan te melden via timothy.colleman@UGent.be of valerie.bouckaert@UGent.be of op +32 (0)9 264 40 75, bij voorkeur voor 1 december.


Sixth International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind, June 24-26, Lublin, Poland

October 13, 2013

http://lcm6.umcs.lublin.pl/ contact: info@lcm6.umcs.lublin.pl

The Sixth International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind (LCM VI) will be held on 24-26 June 2014 at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. It will be preceded by a Young Researchers Workshop on 23 June 2014 (same venue), where young researchers will present their ongoing dissertation projects and other work.

The goals of LCM conferences are to contribute to situating the study of language in a contemporary interdisciplinary dialogue (involving philosophy, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, semiotics and related fields), and to promote a better integration of cognitive and cultural perspectives in empirical and theoretical studies of language.

The theme for LCM VI is: Inside/Out: Practice and RepresentationWhile some focus on the representational nature of language and mind, others regard them as socially embedded and embodied practices. We encourage submissions that further investigate the dynamic between practice and representation and critically examine stereotypical or mainstream conceptions of representations as internal and practices as external.

Plenary speakers: Nancy Budwig, Henryk Kardela, Alan Rumsey, Farzad Sharifian, Beata Stawarska

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 Nov 2013 (symposia), 31 Dec 2013 (papers, posters).

The LCM VI Young Researchers Workshop is a satellite event of the LCM VI conference, aimed at graduate students and junior scholars conducting theoretical or empirical research in language and communication including, but not limited to cognitive, social, affective, embodied and/or cultural perspectives. The workshop aims at providing a forum for presenting results and foster interaction and debate in the context of interdisciplinary collaboration. Young researchers in anthropology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, semiotics, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive and neuroscience are invited to share, and thereby enrich, their study of human natural language and communication. A specialist’s comment on each accepted contribution makes the workshop a unique opportunity to receive expert feedback.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 Dec 2013.


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