3rd International Symposium on Figurative Thought and Language


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The three-day symposium aims to continue as a forum for the discussion of links between figurative thought and language started at previous events in Thessaloniki (2014) and Pavia (2015). Cognitive linguistics was at the time of its inception all about conceptual metaphors, and also about metonymies and image schemas. As a result of the rapid development and diversification of cognitive linguistics, new topics and methodologies emerged, gradually pushing conceptual metaphors and metonymies out of the centre stage. However, vigorous research into how conceptual metaphors and metonymies interact and motivate grammatical structures that we have recently witnessed justifies its coming back into the limelight.

We invite contributions from various theoretical and applied perspectives, and methodologies. Suggested topics include (but are not restricted to) the impact of figuration on levels of linguistic analysis (morphology, lexis, semantics, pragmatics), on areas of grammar, on various types of discourse (e.g., the discourse of economics, law, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology and psychotherapy), as well as figurative multimodality and the relationship between language and emotions, language and humour, irony, sarcasm, euphemism, etc.

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The symposium will also feature a round table on the state of research in figurative language.

Plenary Speakers

Charles Forceville (University of Amsterdam)
Raymond W. Gibbs Jr (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Zoltán Kövecses (ELTE, Budapest)
Jeanette Littlemore (University of Birmingham)
Marija Omazić (University of Osijek)
Klaus-Uwe Panther (University of Hamburg) & Linda L. Thornburg (Kendal)
Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza (University of La Rioja, Logroño)
Kristina Štrkalj Despot (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, Zagreb)
Milena Žic Fuchs (University of Zagreb)

Round Table Convenors

Angeliki Athanasiadou (Atstotle University of Thessaloniki)
Annalisa Baicchi (University of Pavia)
Günter Radden (University of Hamburg)