Project Symposium: Building Figurative Language Repositories: Methods, Risks, and Challenges


RaAM-endorsed event

Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics and

Croatian Institute of History

are organizing

 Cognitive Linguistics Symposium and Round Table

 Building Figurative Language Repositories

Methods, Risks, and Challenges


Zagreb, Croatia, May 27th–28th 2016

The symposium is financially supported by the

Croatian Science Foundation under project 3624

Croatian Metaphor Repository


Keynote speakers:

Eve Sweetser, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

George Lakoff, University of California, Berkeley (USA) (video-link)


Invited speakers:

Antonio Barcelona, University of Cordoba (Spain)

Mario Brdar, University of Osijek (Croatia)

Rita Brdar-Szabó, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (Hungary)

Zoltán Kövecses, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (Hungary)

Klaus-Uwe Panther, University of Hamburg (German)

Günter Radden, University of Hamburg (Germany)

Linda Thornburg, Kendal (UK)

Tony Veale, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Scientific Committee

Eve Sweetser (University of California, Berkeley)

Milena Žic Fuchs (University of Zagreb)

Mario Brdar (University of Osijek)

Ida Raffaelli (University of Zagreb)

Kristina Štrkalj Despot (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics)


Organizing Committee

Kristina Štrkalj Despot (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics)

Mario Brdar (University of Osijek)

Mario Essert (University of Zagreb)

Mirjana Tonković (University of Zagreb)

Benedikt Perak (University of Rijeka)

Ana Ostroški Anić (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics)

Bruno Nahod (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics).

Ivan Pandžić (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics)

Ivana Brač (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics)

This symposium gathers a number of top cognitive linguists whose main research interests involve conceptual metaphor and metonymy theory and/or neural theory of language at an interactive and productive series of talks and discussions.

The invited speakers will present some of the most recent and prominent endeavors in this area and provide a variety of approaches to the topic. The focus will be on interdisciplinary methods of research that lead towards the building of figurative language repositories (i.e. repositories of cognitive primitives, image schemas, frames, conceptual metaphors, and metonymies), such as the most prominent MetaNet: A Multilingual Metaphor Repository project housed at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California, or its sister project Croatian Metaphor Repository, housed at the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics. Such repositories are a prerequisite for building a computer system capable of understanding metaphors and figurative language.

The symposium will also feature a round table discussion on the methods, risks, and challenges of building such repositories.

The symposium will hopefully result in the proposal of a joint multidisciplinary project to build a multilingual multilayered lexical and semantic repository that will bring together cognitive science, linguistics, computational science, and psychology with the aim of advancing artificial intelligence research.

We invite scholars who feel they can contribute to the topic with a 30-minute talk as part of the invited talks session to send an abstract (up to 400 words excluding references) to Kristina Despot ( no later than March 1st. The Scientific Committee will select three talks to be presented at the symposium and published in the symposium proceedings. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent by March 15th.

If you are interested in attending this event and taking part in the round table, please register via email to Ivan Pandžić ( no later than May 1st.

Venue, Location and Travel Information

The symposium will be held in Zagreb, in the gorgeous Golden Hall of the Croatian Institute of History (

Zagreb – city with a million hearts

The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. Its favourable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication.

The city is protected from the cold northern winds by the mountain of Medvednica and opens up to the rest of the world thanks to a spacious plain and the Sava river. Zagreb, with a population of nearly one million, contains almost a quarter of the entire population of Croatia. Over the centuries, the city was inhabited by people coming from all over Europe; and, in recent years, by people coming from different parts of Croatia, ensuring a rich cultural life. Zagreb is a safe city whose doors are always open; a city with a tumultuous history teeming with interesting personalities; a city that warmly invites all those who wish to get to know it, and a city that will surely fulfill your expectations. In this city, you can easily meet remarkable people, make new friends and enjoy special moments. The façades of Zagreb’s buildings reflect the ebb and flow of history, while its streets and squares bear witness to the coming together of the many cultures that have shaped the identity of this laid-back capital. The best thing to do is when you first arrive is to take in Zagreb’s wonderful atmosphere, which, as many claim, is only surpassed by the legendary beauty of the local womenfolk.

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Travel Information

How to get from Zagreb Airport to Zagreb?

Bus transportation – Pleso Prijevoz (Zagreb)
Once you’ve arrived at Zagreb Airport, the bus of transportation company Pleso Prijevoz is there to take you to Zagreb. They offer a bus service between the airport (Zračna luka) and the bus station (Autobusni kolodvor) of Zagreb. The bus runs every day of the week, two times per hour. Travel time between the two places is 30 minutes. The bus station in Zagreb is a 15-minute walk from the main railway station and 20 minutes by foot from the city centre. According to the timetable, the last bus leaves at 8 p.m. from Zagreb Airport. Nevertheless, for passengers arriving late there is also bus transportation arranged. Please consult website and timetable Pleso Prijevoz.

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Children 30 HRK (cca 4 EUR) 60 HRK (cca 8 EUR)

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May 27th 

 9.00-9.30                   Opening ceremony


9.30-11.00                 Eve Sweetser

                                   Deep semantics, frame ontologies, and metaphor analysis


11.00-11.15               Coffee break


11.15-12.15               Mario Brdar, Rita Brdar-Szabó and Benedikt Perak

                                 Metaphor repositories and cross-linguistic comparison: ontological eggs and chickens


12.15-13.15               Zoltán Kövecses

                                  Ways of Studying Metaphors in Cognitive Linguistics: the Lexical vs. the Corpus-Linguistic                                              view. Which One is “Better”?

13.15-15.00               Buffet lunch

15.00-16.00               Tony Veale

                                   Metaphor in the Age of Mechanical Production

16.00-16.20               Coffee break


16.20-19.00               Round Table

                                   Figurative Language Repositories: Methods, Risks and Challenges


                                 Ida Raffaelli, chairperson


16.20-17.00       George Lakoff (video link)

                            Figurative Language Repositories: Methods, Risks and Challenges

17.00-17.20        Milena Žic Fuchs and Miloš Judaš

                               Figurative Language and Neuroscience?


17.20-17.40        Inna Skrynnikova:  Methods and Challenges of Analysing Political Metaphors from Cross-                                           Linguistic Perspective

17.40-18.00        Anita Peti Stantić

(Mental) Grammar within the (Mental) Lexicon

18.00-19.00       Discussion

Invited participants:

Branimir Belaj, Maja Brala-Vukanović, Mario Essert, Renata Geld,  Bruno Nahod, Julia Ostanina Olszewska, Ivan Pandžić,  Alexandra Sopina, Diana Stolac, Mirjana Tonković

 19.30             Conference Dinner



May 28th

 9.10-9.30                   Good morning coffee


9.30-10.30                 Günter Radden


10.30-11.30               Linda Thornburg and Klaus-Uwe Panther

                                   Figurative Reasoning in Hedged Performatives

11.30-11.50               Coffee break

11.50-12.50               Antonio Barcelona:

                                   The University of Córdoba Metonymy Database

12.50-14.30               Buffet lunch

14.30-15.10               Kristina Štrkalj Despot

                                   Croatian Metaphor Repository: Combining a Theory-Driven Top-Down Approach with a                                                Bottom-Up Corpus Based Approach

15.10-15.50               Marianna Bolognesi

                                   Vismet 1.0: an Online Annotated Corpus of Visual Metaphors

15.50-16.30               Simon Devylder

                                   Mereology in the Flesh

16.30-16.50               Coffee break



16.50-19.15               Round Table

                                  Ida Raffaelli, chairperson

16.50-17.10        Marko Tadić

17.10-17.30        Mohsen Bakhtiar: Cultural Model of Hayâ ‘Shame’ in Persian


17.30-17.50        Mateusz-Milan Stanojević: Evaluative Aspects of Metaphor in Discourse and its Consequences                                for Metaphor Repositories

17.50-18.10        Tanja Gradečak Erdeljić, Goran Milić: Floods or Flows? – Conceptual Metaphors in Reports                                  on Refugees in Croatia

18.10-19.00       Discussion

Branimir Belaj, Maja Brala-Vukanović, Mario Essert, Renata Geld,  Bruno Nahod, Julia Ostanina Olszewska, Ivan Pandžić,  Alexandra Sopina, Diana Stolac, Mirjana Tonković

19.00                          Closing ceremony


May 29th

10.00                          Guided city tour



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