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Textus n. 1 2011 Cognition and the Brain in Language and Linguistics
Editor: Marcella Bertuccelli Papi (University of Pisa)
Co-editor: Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibaňez (University of La Rioja)
Call for Papers: 15 October 2009
Deadline for Abstracts: 15 November 2009
Acceptance papers: 15th December 2009
Final version to the editors: 30 May 2010
The present issue of Textus is focused on the complex relationship between language, thought, and the neurobiological mechanisms underlying language use and comprehension.
The language-cognition interface has long intrigued scholars in all the domains of language investigation. Cognitive Linguistics, an inherently interdisciplinary enterprise that emerged in the late 1970s out of dissatisfaction with purely formal approaches to language, has opened new perspectives into research on language in its relation to cognition, culture and contexts of use. Many hypotheses have been put forward over the years, and a remarkable body of theoretical and applied research has accumulated on the various dimensions of the language-cognition interface – the structural features of natural language categorization; the conceptualisation of events and of primary categories such as space, motion, time, events, colour and number; the role of imagery in the functioning of cognition; the functional principles of linguistic organization, including matters of universality and language specificity in diachronic change; the experiential grounding and the dynamic nature of grammar and meaning; the role of cognitive processes in language learning and acquisition.
Recent advances in the neuroscience of language have further stimulated observational and experimental research in how language is organized in the human brain, mostly concentrating on such questions as the location of specific processes and representations, and the time and manner of realization of higher brain functions. Neurolinguistics and, quite recently, neuropragmatics have brought to the fore the neurobiological complexities of language use and comprehension, thus challenging existing paradigms of research and opening new scenarios of investigation which underline the need for a constant interplay among specialized domains.
Within this research context, the present issue of Textus is open to submissions on empirically-grounded, theoretical and applied research on all aspects of language representation and language use that are compatible with a neuro-cognitive perspective. We invite proposals on subjects including, but not limited to:
- Language and cognition: theories, models, frameworks;
- Metaphor and metonymy;
- Figurative language in lexicography, translation, language teaching and language acquisition;
- Grammar and conceptualisation;
- Meaning construction and representation;
- Culture and cognition in a cross-cultural perspective;
- Language, mind and the brain in translation;
- Inferential pragmatics; lexical pragmatics; cognitive pragmatics;
- Evolutionary processes in language and culture;
- Cognitively-oriented corpus linguistics;
- Neurolinguistics and the neuropragmatics of second language acquisition.
Please send a 300-word abstract to both editors by 15th November 2009
PLEASE NOTE: Scholars who wish to submit their abstracts MUST be members of AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica: http://www.lingue.uniba.it/dag/aia)