[Corpora-List] CFP: Pre-conference workshop at ICAME 39 - Corpus approaches to conceptual metaphor and idioms in World Englishes

Marcus Callies callies at uni-bremen.de
Mon Nov 6 08:44:02 CET 2017

Call for papers

Pre-conference workshop at ICAME 39 in Tampere/Finland; Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Corpus approaches to conceptual metaphor and idioms in World Englishes

Convenors: Marcus Callies (Bremen/Germany) and Alexander Onysko (Klagenfurt/Austria)

In the last decades, the research paradigm of World Englishes has experienced a proliferation of investigations on different aspects of Englishes across the world. However, the field of figurative language use, as manifest e.g. in conceptual metaphors and idioms, has largely been neglected so far (see Polzenhagen & Wolf 2017 and Callies 2017 for review). One of the first studies to explore this terra incognita was Wolf & Polzenhagen’s (2009) cognitive-linguistic approach to the study of African Englishes. Assuming that a language (or a variety of that language) reflects the cultural context of its speech community, first applications of conceptual metaphor theory have highlighted the importance of cultural background knowledge and underlying cultural conceptualizations for the interpretation of lexical domains in World Englishes. Some of these studies have combined the usage-based framework of Cognitive Linguistics with corpus linguistic methods to investigate the expression of culture in several Englishes (e.g. Wolf & Polzenhagen 2007; Sharifian 2008; Polzenhagen & Wolf 2010; Wolf & Chan 2016; and several papers in Callies & Onysko 2017). The English language and its worldwide diversification provides rich potential for exploring if and how the culturally diverse settings in which the many Englishes have formed and are developing influence the use of figurative language. Against this background, this workshop aims to strengthen the link between research on figurative language in Cognitive Linguistics and research on World Englishes, and to make the emerging research in this field more visible. The workshop especially aims to bring together researchers that use large electronic corpora to study the conceptual and linguistic variability of metaphors and idioms across the English-speaking world. Contributions addressing one of the following research questions are particularly invited:

- To what extent are electronic corpora such as the ICE (Greenbaum 1996) or the GloWbE (Davies 2013-) viable sources of data to examine metaphors and idioms across World Englishes, and what are state-of-the-art approaches to the identification and retrieval of metaphorical expressions and idioms from corpus data? - What source and target domains can be identified as fruitful for the study of metaphor and idioms in World Englishes (e.g. the conceptualization of emotions, FOOD / EATING as source domains)? - Can certain types of figurative language serve as markers of nativization / indigenization in World Englishes (Schneider 2007: 46, 86)? - How do metaphors and idioms relate to underlying differences in cultural conceptualizations in World Englishes?

We invite abstracts for this workshop (up to 500 words, excluding references) to be submitted by e-mail to callies at uni-bremen.de and alexander.onysko at aau.at by 15 December 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent out at the end of December.


Callies, M. (2017), “ ‘Idioms in the making’ as evidence for variation in conceptual metaphor across varieties of English”, Cognitive Linguistic Studies 4(1), 65-83. Callies. M. & A. Onysko, eds. (2017), Metaphor variation in Englishes around the world. Special issue of Cognitive Linguistic Studies 4(1). Amsterdam: Benjamins. Davies, M. (2013-). Corpus of Global Web-Based English: 1.9 billion words from speakers in 20 countries. <http://corpus.byu.edu/glowbe> Greenbaum, S. (Ed). (1996). Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Polzenhagen, F. & H.-G. Wolf (2010), “Investigating culture from a linguistic perspective: An exemplification with Hong Kong English”, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 58(3), 281-303. Polzenhagen, F. & H.-G. Wolf (2017), “World Englishes and Cognitive Linguistics”, in M. Filppula, J. Klemola & D. Sharma (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes. Oxford: OUP, 147-172. Schneider, E. (2007). Postcolonial English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Sharifian, F. (2008), “Cultural models of home in aboriginal children’s English”, in G. Kristiansen & R. Dirven (eds.), Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 333-352. Wolf, H.-G. & F. Polzenhagen (2007), “Fixed expressions as manifestations of cultural conceptualizations: Examples from African varieties of English”, in P. Skandera (ed.), Phraseology and Culture in English. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter, 399-435. Wolf, H.-G. & F. Polzenhagen, eds. (2009), World Englishes. A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Wolf, H.-G. & T. Chan (2016), “Understanding Asia by means of cognitive sociolinguistics and cultural linguistics. The example of GHOSTS in Hong Kong English”, in G. Leitner, A. Hashim, & H. -G. Wolf (eds.), Communicating with Asia: The future of English as a global language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 249-266.

-- Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies Universität Bremen FB 10 - Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften English-Speaking Cultures - Arbeitsbereich Anglistik/Sprachwissenschaft Bibliothekstraße, Gebäude GW 2, Büro A 3400 28359 Bremen Tel.: +49-421-218-68150 http://www-user.uni-bremen.de/~callies/

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