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Thessaloniki Cognitive Linguistics Reading Group invites scholars working on the way figurative thought has an impact on language to join us at the 1st international symposium on Figurative Thought and Language. The two-day symposium aims to continue the discussion and shed light on conceptual metaphor, conceptual metonymy and metaphtonymy.

Metaphor as a ubiquitous figure of language reflecting modes of thought has been discussed a lot since Lakoff and Johnson’s “Metaphors we live by”. Metonymy remained in the background, and, since its reappearance, many clear-cut cases of metaphor have been argued to have a metonymic basis. The across-domain and within-domain mapping do not seem to help much as criteria in distinguishing between metaphor and metonymy; sound evidence has been provided for even apparent instances of metaphor having a metonymic basis. Thus, the first aim of the symposium is to elucidate the criteria that would allow us to identify whether we have a case of metaphor or a case of metonymy.

Metaphtonymy, on the other hand, is very useful in combining both cognitive processes although the interaction between the two needs to be further examined.

Moreover, many grammatical phenomena have been discussed as being motivated by metaphor (e.g. modal verbs, from deontic to epistemic modality). Yet, the focus of attention has again been drawn on metonymy after Panther and Radden’s volume on Metonymy in Language and Thought (1999) and Langacker’s article “Metonymic Grammar” (2009). That will be the second aim of the symposium, i.e. to discuss not only the impact of metaphor but also the impact of metonymy on areas of grammar.

Additionally, the aim of the symposium is to explore how the cognitive processes of metaphor, metonymy and metaphtonymy have an impact on the relationship between language and emotions, language and humour, irony, sarcasm, euphemism, bodily experience, to name just a few.

The working language of the symposium is English. We encourage submissions dealing with the above issues on languages other than English.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 November 2013

Notification of acceptance: 22 December 2013

Symposium: 25 and 26 April 2014

Submission Guidelines

There will be paper presentations (20 minute presentations + 10 for discussion) and poster presentations (displayed at a special poster session).

Abstracts for papers and posters should be sent at: ftl@enl.auth.gr  until November 15.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (figures and references included); they should also list up to five keywords. They need to be fully justified, single-spaced and font 12 Calibri.

Organizing Committee

We look forward to meeting you in Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki Cognitive Linguistics Reading Group