Call for abstracts: EMCL: A Workshop on Image-Schemas and Linguistic Relativity

Rob Freeman rjfreeman at
Mon Apr 12 06:49:07 UTC 2004

Hi Monica,

I won't be submitting any abstracts, but reading your CFP it just occurred to
me to ask _why_ Image-Schemas would need to be "the same for everybody", just
because they arise from "universal aspects of how the human body interacts
with its environment".

The wide variety of different cultures we see in the world, for example, also
arise from similar "universal aspects of how the human body interacts with
its environment", but we accept that different cultures address those
universal problems in different ways. Why couldn't image schemas show as much
variation as cultures, and indeed languages?


On Friday 09 April 2004 01:39, Monica Gonzalez-Marquez wrote:
> Call for abstracts
> EMCL*: A Workshop on Image-Schemas and Linguistic Relativity
> July 17, 2004
> University of Portsmouth, UK
> To precede the Language, Culture, and Mind conference (July 18-20)
> In cognitive linguistics, image schemas are pre-linguistic cognitive
> structures, arising from universal aspects of how the human body
> interacts with its environment, both physical and social, and existing
> largely outside of conscious awareness. It follows that image schemas
> are the same for everyone, regardless of the language a person speaks.
> In contrast, the idea of linguistic relativity maintains that language
> influences thought. The goal of the workshop is to scrutinize
> assumptions surrounding image-schemas and linguistic relativity in an
> attempt to elucidate (and resolve) the conflict between the two research
> areas.
> We invite submissions from researchers working in either or both areas,
> and are especially interested in experimental approaches to the issues.
> Please send a 500 word anonymous abstract as an attachment in text
> format to Monica Gonzalez-Marquez at mg246 at
> Deadline: May 5, 2004
> Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2004
> Organising Committee:
> Stanka Fitneva
> Monica Gonzalez-Marquez
> Stephanie Pourcel
> Jˆrg Zinken
> * Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics

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