27.3631, Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Lexicography, Psycholing, Semantics/Netherlands

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Subject: 27.3631, Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Lexicography, Psycholing, Semantics/Netherlands

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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:44:15
From: Marianna Bolognesi [M.M.Bolognesi2 at uva.nl]
Subject: Abstract Concepts: Debating Their Structure, Processing, and Modeling

 
Full Title: Abstract Concepts: Debating Their Structure, Processing, and Modeling 
Short Title: International Symposium 

Date: 18-Nov-2016 - 18-Nov-2016
Location: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Contact Person: Marianna Bolognesi
Meeting Email: M.M.Bolognesi2 at uva.nl
Web Site: https://abstractconceptsnet.wordpress.com/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Psycholinguistics; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2016 

Meeting Description:

With this announcement, we invite you to save the date on your calendar, and
consider participating in this unique, high-profile international symposium
that will take place in Amsterdam on November 18.

Here is some preliminary information:

Topics:

- On which dimensions of meaning do abstract and concrete concepts differ? 
- How does perceptual experience affect abstract concept processing and
representation?
- What is the role of language in shaping and indexing the content of concrete
vs abstract concepts?
- How and in which contexts are abstract concepts understood through
metaphors?

Abstract concepts are a controversial and widely debated topic, within the
theoretical discussion about the embodied vs symbolic nature of language and
meaning. 

The aim of this project is to bring together current views about the
structure, processing, and modelling of abstract concepts. 

Organization: 

8 eminent scholars have been invited to Amsterdam to discuss the nature,
structure, processing, and modelling of abstract concepts in various
disciplines. 

During the symposium the panellists will present in turn their view and will
receive structured comments (prepared in advance) from their peers. A general
discussion among all panellists and the audience will follow. 

During the symposium the panellists will present in turn their view and will
receive structured comments (prepared in advance) from their peers. A general
discussion among all panellists and the audience will follow. 

Invited Keynote Speakers and Provisional Titles: 

Prof. Friedemann Pulvermueller – Concrete mechanisms for abstract meaning 
Prof. Gun Semin - The place of metaphors in the order of things 
Prof. Piek Vossen - Granularity and identity of event descriptions 
Dr. Diane Pecher - Curb your embodiment 
Prof. Max Louwerse - Language statistics explain conceptual processing 
Prof. Alessandro Lenci – The Emotions of Abstracts: A Distributional Semantic
Analysis Prof. Ken McRae – Situations, perceptual information and abstract
concepts 
Prof. Gabriella Vigliocco - Learning and processing abstract concepts: the
role of language and the role of emotion 

Host:

At the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam, we conduct interdisciplinary research that
tackle the structure and functioning of metaphor in thought, language, and
communication. The nature of abstract concepts is particularly relevant for
metaphor researchers, because it has been argued for decades that metaphors
are matters of thought, that allow us to understand abstract concepts by
comparing them to concrete ones. 

This event, in particular, is organized within the COGVIM project (EU Marie
Curie IEF, awarded to Dr Marianna Bolognesi - n° 629076).

We look forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam!


Final Call for Papers:

Given the structure and program of the symposium, with 8 keynote speakers,
submissions are welcome (and encouraged!) for poster presentations. Posters
will be displayed on the conference venue for the whole day and actively
discussed over the lunch break, which will take place at the conference venue.

Applicants are asked to submit (max) 250 words abstracts to
M.M.Bolognesi2 at uva.nl.

Registration info can be found on the symposium website:
https://abstractconceptsnet.wordpress.com/

Submission deadline (extended): 30 September

Notification of acceptance: 3 October




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