[Lingtyp] 2nd CfP - 12th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature (ILL-12)

Simon Devylder simon.devylder at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 02:09:06 EDT 2018

Second Call for Papers
12th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature
3-5 May 2019
Lund University, Sweden


We invite the submission of abstracts to the 12th Biennial International
Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature initiated by the
Iconicity Research Project, with the first symposium held in Zurich 1997,
see http://www.iconicity.ch/.
The topic of iconicity – resemblance mappings between form and meaning –
continues to be highly relevant for the study of language (in both spoken
and signed modalities) and literature, but also for other semiotic systems
and media involving gesture, depiction and music, and for interdisciplinary
fields such intermediality studies, cognitive science and cognitive
semiotics. The theme of the 12th Symposium is therefore Iconicity in
Cognition and across Semiotic Systems.

Keynotes speakers:
* Prof. Fernando Andacht, Republican University of Uruguay
* Prof. Mutsumi Imai, Keio University at Shonan-Fujisawa
* Prof. Cornelia Mueller, Cornelia Mueller, Europa-Universität Viadrina
* Prof. Göran Sonesson, Lund University

Previous symposia have concentrated on iconicity as a driving force in
language (both spoken and signed) on all grammatical levels, as well as in
language change, language acquisition, and language processing. They have
also addressed iconicity in language use across a range of media (from
print to performance), incorporating the uses of iconic images, diagrams
and metaphors at different levels of abstraction and in all varieties of
text and discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts,
advertising, language and music, word and image, etc.). These possibilities
remain open for the 2019 symposium, and we welcome abstracts to topics such
as (but not limited to), the following:

* Iconicity in the speech signal (“sound symbolism”, “ideophones”)
* Iconicity in grammar and text
* Iconicity in literature
* Iconicity in signed languages
* Iconicity in gestures
* Iconicity in pictures and other visual media
* Iconicity in music
* Iconicity in intermediality
* Iconicity in narration
* Iconicity in imagination (“mental imagery”)
* Iconicity in metaphors within and across semiotic systems
* Iconicity across sensory modalities (“multimodality” and “cross-modality”)
* Iconicity in evolution
* Iconicity in child development

Given the wide scope of the topic, accepted presentations need to be made
accessible for an interdisciplinary audience.  The symposium will be held
in English.
Abstract submission: We invite abstracts in English (450 words maximum,
excluding references) of unpublished work for oral presentations, posters,
and theme sessions.

* Oral papers: 30 minutes + 10 minutes discussion, in two or three parallel
sessions. (Deadline: 1 November 2018)
* Theme sessions:  three individual papers, focusing on a well-defined
topic (corresponding to a two-hour slot). An abstract proposing the theme
itself as well as abstracts for the three individual papers composing the
theme should be submitted. (Deadline: 15 October 2018)
* Posters: there will be a 2-hour poster session for up to 30
presentations, to be held in the lobby of Centre for Languages and
Literature. (Deadline: 1 November 2018)

Abstracts are to be submitted through Easychair (see the link at the
website). Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two reviewers from an
international Scientific Committee of experts in the respective field. The
symposium will be hosted by the Division for Cognitive Semiotics at the
Centre for Language and Literature at Lund University. For specific
information, including abstract submission, see

For specific questions, please contact: ill-12[at]semiotik.lu.se
A selected number of essays will be published in the Iconicity in Language
and Literature (ILL) series published by John Benjamins.

Local Organizing Committee
Jordan Zlatev
Simon Devylder
Sara Lenninger
Jimmie Svensson
Niklas Johansson
Georgios Stampoulidis

Permanent Organizing Committee
Prof Dr Olga Fischer
Prof Dr Christina Ljungberg
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