26.1876, Calls: Cognitive Sci, Discourse Analysis, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics, Psycholing/Germany

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Subject: 26.1876, Calls: Cognitive Sci, Discourse Analysis, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics, Psycholing/Germany

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Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:25:36
From: Susanna Melkonian [smelkonian at phil.uni-duesseldorf.de]
Subject: Emotion Concepts in Use: An Interdisciplinary Workshop at HHU Dusseldorf

Full Title: Emotion Concepts in Use: An Interdisciplinary Workshop at HHU Dusseldorf 

Date: 18-Jun-2015 - 19-Jun-2015
Location: Dusseldorf, Germany 
Contact Person: Susanna Melkonian
Meeting Email: smelkonian at phil.uni-duesseldorf.de

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics 

Call Deadline: 02-May-2015 

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims at analyzing emotion concepts from an interdisciplinary perspective (linguistics, philosophy, psychology). On the one hand, the workshop is interested in the cognitive mechanisms underlying the experience of emotions and emotion concepts, and, on the other hand, it is interested
in the (frame-theoretical) modeling and prediction of the ways in which emotion expressions are used.

A core feature of human mental life is not only the experience of emotion but also the application of emotion concepts to the outer world. We do not only know what it is like to be surprised, but we also describe a situation or an event as surprising or even call something a 'surprise'. On the contrary, we might consider a situation to be sad, but we would not label it by the word 'sadness' (in English, at least).

Moreover, it is not only the case that we apply emotion concepts such as SAD and JOYFUL to inanimate subjects as music, art and literature (e.g., this song is so sad, this melody is so joyful, this story has a happy ending), but we also use emotion concepts to intensify our emotions when we speak,
for example, about panic-stricken fear.

Our invited speakers are:

Margaret Freeman (Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts)
Michelle Montague (The University of Texas at Austin, Philosophy)
Zoltan Kövecses(Eötvös Loránd University, American Studies)
John Lambie (Angelia Ruskin University, Psychology)
Sebastian Löbner (Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf, CRC 991)
Liane Ströbel (Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf, CRC 991)

Call for Papers:

In addition, we invite abstracts of no more than 250 words to be submitted to smelkonian at phil.uni-duesseldorf.de for blind refereeing until May 2. Successful applicants will be informed by May 15.

Abstracts should deal with the following (or related) topics:

- The evaluative phenomenology of emotions
- The acquisition/development of emotion concepts
- The constitution of emotion concepts
- Commonalities and differences between evaluative adjectives and emotion adjectives (e.g., bad vs. sad)
- Commonalities and differences between evaluative adverbs and emotion adverbs (e.g., badly vs. sadly)
- The use of emotion/evaluative adverbs (e.g., surprisingly, terribly) in various linguistic categories, e.g., as intensifiers, as positives, as discourse markers, etc.
- The use of emotion/evaluative adjectives in various linguistic categories
- Emotion concepts and aesthetic judgments
- Metaphorical aspects of emotion concepts (e.g., broken heart for unfulfilled love)


Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf, CRC 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition and Science, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG)


Susanna Melkonian (smelkonian at phil.uni-duesseldorf.de)
Liane Stroebel (stroebel at phil.uni-duesseldorf.de)

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