29.2967, Calls: Pragmatics/China

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Subject: 29.2967, Calls: Pragmatics/China

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Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:45:03
From: Valentina Apresjan [valentina.apresjan at gmail.com]
Subject: Pragmatics of Space and Time: Center and Margins

Full Title: Pragmatics of Space and Time: Center and Margins 

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China 
Contact Person: Valentina Apresjan
Meeting Email: valentina.apresjan at gmail.com
Web Site: http://pragmatics.international/page/HongKong 

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics 

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2018 

Meeting Description:

Panel ''Pragmatics of Space and Time: Center and Margins''    

Theme: Semantics, pragmatics, polysemy of spatial deictic words 

Purpose: To create an in-depth cross-linguistic discussion of different
aspects of space conceptualization in language with special reference to
pragmatic factors that influence it. 

It is well-known that words denoting space are prone to deriving temporal
meanings. However, not every spatial word develops temporal meanings. Thus,
indications of the spatial deictic center (The house is close to the river)
and margins (a distant star) can also refer to time (close future, distant
past). On the other hand, expressions denoting the spatial “limbo”, such as
some distance away appear unable to experience such semantic development. 

One of the purposes of the proposed panel is to consider what affects the
ability of a spatial word to develop temporal meanings. Sometimes this ability
is triggered by pragmatics. Thus, there is a certain asymmetry between
proximal and distal deictic words in their temporal meanings, namely, distant
is equally possible in reference to future and past, whereas near is more
frequent with future. It may be explained by the implicature of a possible
upcoming contact with the closely located object, which is absent from the
meaning of distant.

Also, space serves as a source domain not only for time, but also for many
other important metaphorizations: human relationships (close friendship),
kinship (distant relatives), emotions and their expression (a faraway look),
degree (far left), causality (remote causes of the war), likeness (close
synonyms) and many others. Another purpose of the proposed panel is to 
consider the role of pragmatic factors in the development of non-temporal
meanings of distal and proximal deictic words. 

Next, the spatial domain itself is organized in a very complex way. Apart from
the differences in distance, languages encode many other characteristics of
objects and landmarks.   

Spatial adverbials differ with respect to possible landmarks (speaker, as in
Our destination was close vs. object, as in He lives close to school), the
type of object (stationary, as in He was standing nearby or moving, as in He
was following me closely), direction of the movement (in the distance vs. from
a distance) and many others. Even seemingly synonymous words can display
unexpected discrepancies: e.g., it is possible to worship smb. from afar, but
not to worship smb. from far away. Many of these collocational limitations are
pragmatic in nature.  

Languages may display different tendencies with respect to marking distance in
different situations: e.g.,  in English, traveling (They came from far away)
is not the same as perception (His voice sounded a world away, but not *They
came from a world away).

Call for Papers:

The panel invites submissions that tackle semantics, pragmatics and syntax of
spatial expressions in different languages, in particular in cross-linguistic
or contrastive perspective.

Abstract Submission:

All submission procedures are web-based (i.e., paper copies, faxes, or email
attachments will not be accepted).

For submitting abstracts, go to the conference website, make an account and
proceed to your submission by clicking 'Submit your abstract now'.

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