27.3728, Calls: Historical Ling, Ling & Lit, Semantics/Finland

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Subject: 27.3728, Calls: Historical Ling, Ling & Lit, Semantics/Finland

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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:51:44
From: Mister Frog [mr.frog at helsinki.fi]
Subject: Formula: Units of Speech - ‘Words’ of Verbal Art

Full Title: Formula: Units of Speech – ‘Words’ of Verbal Art, a multidisciplinary seminar-workshop 

Date: 17-May-2017 - 19-May-2017
Location: Helsinki, Finland 
Contact Person: Mister Frog
Meeting Email: mr.frog at helsinki.fi
Web Site: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/form-ula/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2016 

Meeting Description:

Formulaic language is a topic of rising interest across researchers in diverse
but related disciplines, such as anthropology, folkloristics, linguistics,
philology and semiotics. Despite employing different methods and materials,
their findings are often complementary or even convergent. On the other hand,
a critical mass of open, interdisciplinary dialogue has yet to occur. 
Formula: Units of Speech – ‘Words’ of Verbal Art aims to bring different
approaches to the formula into dialogue, and especially to bridge the divide
between formula research on unmarked spoken or written discourse and that on
forms of verbal art such as oral poetry. 

Approaches to the formula in the different fields have evolved to a great
degree independently of one another.  At the same time, they seem to be moving
toward convergence. Indeed, the rising approach in linguistics to a formulaic
sequence as a morpheme-equivalent unit with a devoted entry in the mental
lexicon can be seen as corresponding fully to the spreading approach to the
formula in oral poetry as a vernacular ‘word’ of the registral lexicon
corresponding to an integer of meaning.  The divide between these branches of
research has developed from viewing oral poetry as distinct from language more
generally, which has been bolstered by Classic Oral-Formulaic Theory’s
definition of formula in terms of metrical positions of verse.  Although these
views have been changing, increasingly looking at formulaic language in poetry
as a universal linguistic phenomenon conditioned by a particular metrical or
poetic form, the divide has persisted.  

Opening dialogue across disciplines is always challenging. To facilitate
exchange, sufficient time is needed both to absorb new views and ideas and to
negotiate across unfamiliar perspectives. Formula is thus organized with a
limited number of paper presentations, each of which is allotted a greater
amount of time for open discussion. Additional participants will also have the
opportunity to present and discuss their work with poster presentations.  

Keynote Speakers:

- Professor Karl Reichl (University of Bonn)
- Professor Alison Wray (Cardiff University)

Formula: Units of Speech – ‘Words’ of Verbal Art is organized by Folklore
Studies, University of Helsinki, and the Finnish Literature Society.

We look forward to seeing you in Helsinki.

Call for Papers:

We welcome proposals for papers and posters on topics including, but not
limited to:

- The operation of formulaic language in situated performance / language
- Semantics, indexicality and functions of formulas 
- Synchronic and/or diachronic variation and adaptation
- Formulas across registers and languages
- Cognitive aspects or implications of formulaic language
- The symbiosis of language, meter and/or paralinguistic features
- Equivalence and difference in formulaic language of verbal art and other

If you are interested in participating in this event with a poster or paper
presentation, please send a title and 500-word abstract along with your name,
affiliation and link to your webpage to mr.frog at helsinki.fi by 15 October
2016.  Please specify whether you prefer to participate with a paper or poster
presentation, noting that the structure of the event significantly limits the
number of paper presentations.  Papers should be planned for 20 min
presentation to be followed by discussion.  Working texts will be required by
3 April 2017 for circulation among participants in advance.


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