[Dgkl] 3rd International Workshop on "Metaphors in Englishes around the world" - Met(V)iEW 3

Onysko, Alexander Alexander.Onysko at aau.at
Fri Jan 12 20:29:34 EST 2018

Call for Papers

Metaphors in Englishes around the world

 3rd international workshop

Following on from the first and second workshops on metaphor variation in Englishes around the world at the University of Bremen in 2015 and at the University of Potsdam in 2016, the third edition will be held at the University of Klagenfurt on September 20th  – 21st, 2018. All researchers and scholars working in the emerging field of metaphor studies in world Englishes are welcome to participate and share their research. While the first two editions focused on aspects of metaphor variation, the 3rd workshop will broaden its scope to all questions of metaphor usage and variation in Englishes world-wide.

            The study of metaphors in world Englishes has long been a neglected area of research. However, recent developments in world Englishes, in conceptual metaphor theory, in cognitive linguistics at large, and in cultural linguistics emphasize the need to study metaphorical language use as a potential characteristic of Englishes in the world. Wolf and Polzenhagen (2009) provide a foundational study that highlights the relation between metaphor and cultural knowledge in the context of African Englishes. The connection between sociolinguistic-variationist research and cognitive linguistics has been strengthened over the last few years, leading to the emergence of cognitive sociolinguistics (e.g. Kristiansen & Dirven 2008; Pütz, Robinson & Reif 2014; Geeraerts 2016). At the same time, studies on conceptual metaphors have benefitted from methodological (e.g. Steen et al. 2010) and conceptual advances (e.g. Kövecses 2015; Gibbs 2017). In line with these tendencies, it is important to expand our understanding of (conceptual) metaphors in diverse Englishes. Of particular relevance is the use of metaphors to express local cultural knowledge, which, among others, can surface in idiomatic patterns of language use (e.g. Callies 2017; also see contributions in Idström & Piirainen 2012 and Piirainen & Sherris 2015 for other languages). The usage of metaphors in different Englishes can also be a token of contact-induced influences in the speech of multilingual speakers of English (e.g. in constellations where English co-exists with other languages in daily interactions and in situations where English is acquired as an additional language). From a cognitive point of view, research into metaphor variation in world Englishes adds to the debate on the interplay of universal and culturally-specific manifestations of conceptual metaphors (see, e.g. Kövecses 2015; some contributions in Callies & Onysko 2017).

We invite paper presentations on the topic of metaphors in Englishes around the world from various perspectives, including but not limited to:

-metaphors as variety-specific traits

-metaphors in idiomatic language use

-cultural conceptualization and metaphors

-universality vs. specificity of metaphors

-variation of metaphors

-metaphors in Englishes resulting from language contact

-metaphors in multilingual constellations

-learner Englishes and metaphor use

Slots for paper presentation will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion. If you intend to participate as a speaker, you are invited to send an abstract of your contribution (max 300 words, references excluded) to alexander.onysko at aau.at<mailto:alexander.onysko at aau.at>. Abstracts should be anonymous but preceded by a title sheet stating the author(s) contact details. Please state “abstract submission Met(V)iEW 3” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Further information on the event (keynote speakers, registration, programme, travel and accommodation, etc.) is available at:


Final date of abstract submission: April 15th, 2018.

Notification of acceptance: May 14th, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you in Klagenfurt.

The organizing team:

Alexander Onysko (University of Klagenfurt) – chair

Marcus Callies (University of Bremen)

Marta Degani (University of Verona)

Anna Finzel & Milene Mendes de Oliveira (University of Potsdam)

Scientific Committee:

Ray Gibbs (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Zoltán Kövecses (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

Andreas Musolff (University of East Anglia)

Frank Polzenhagen (University of Heidelberg)

Hans-Georg Wolf (University of Potsdam)


Callies, Marcus & Alexander Onysko (eds.). 2017. Metaphor variation in Englishes around the world. Special issue of Cognitive Linguistic Studies, 4 (1).

Callies, Marcus. 2017. ‘Idioms in the making’ and variation in conceptual metaphor. In Marcus Callies & Alexander Onysko (eds.), Metaphor variation in Englishes around the world. Special issue of Cognitive Linguistic Studies, 4 (1): 63–81.

Geeraerts, Dirk. 2016. The sociosemiotic commitment. Cognitive Linguistics, 27 (4): 527–542.

Gibbs, Raymond. 2017. Metaphor Wars: Conceptual Metaphor in Human Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Idström, Anna & Elisabeth Piirainen (eds.). 2012. Endangered Metaphors. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Kövecses, Zoltán. 2015. Where Metaphors Come From: Reconsidering Context in Metaphor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kristiansen, Gitte & René Dirven (eds.). 2008. Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Language Variation, Cultural Models, Social Systems. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter.

Piirainen, Elisabeth & Ari Sherris (eds.). 2015. Language Endangerment: Disappearing metaphors and shifting conceptualizations. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Pütz, Martin, Justyna Robinson, & Monika Reif (eds.). 2014. Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and Cultural Variation in Cognition and Language Use. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Steen, Gerard, Aletta Dorst, Berenike Herrmann, Anna Kaal, Tina Krennmayr & Trijntje Pasma. (2010). A Method for Linguistic Metaphor Identification: From MIP to MIPVU. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Wolf, Hans-Georg & Frank Polzenhagen. 2009. World Englishes: A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter.

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