LINGUIST List 33.1237

Wed Apr 06 2022

Calls: Discourse Analysis/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>



Date: 02-Apr-2022
From: Vince Liégeois <vinceliegeoishotmail.com>
Subject: Weather and Language-conference
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Full Title: Weather and Language-conference
Short Title: WLC

Date: 19-Oct-2022 - 20-Oct-2022
Location: Dijon, France
Contact Person: Vince Liégeois
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2022

Meeting Description:

Everybody knows the famous saying “everybody talks about the weather”, and in fact – when looking for instance at weather-related phrasemes in different languages – we do find that a certain “weather discourse”or “weather talk” is embedded in the world’s languages. This conference seeks to bring together those linguists working with different aspects of this ''weather discourse''. This way, we hope to highlight the different features of weather discourse and confront the different theoretical and empirical questions regarding this kind of discourse.

Call for Papers:

Everybody knows the famous saying “everybody talks about the weather”, and in fact – when looking for instance at weather-related phrasemes in different languages – we do find that a certain “weather discourse” or “weather talk” is embedded in the world’s languages. Consequently, many linguistic studies have looked into this weather discourse or, more in general, into the relationship between weather /natural phenomena and language. These studies have focused, among other, on (a) weather phrasemes (cf. Eriksen et al. 2010, 2012), (b) the perception of climate and climate change through language (cf. Döring 2005, 2015; Danto 2020; Colias & Danto 2020), (c) the text-linguistic dimension of weather reporters (cf. Davidse & Noppen 2003; Krycki 2001, 2006; Antieu 2012; Mac 2015; Blondeau & Labeau 2016; Liégeois 2021), and (d) syntax-semantics analyses of the verbal categories within this text-genre (cf. Sandig 1970; Hoch 1988; Neuendorff 1989; Sommerfeldt 1998; Brinker 2001; Heinemann & Heinemann 2002; Krycki 2009).

Considering the above overview of research on weather discourse/weather and language, one could even talk about a “weather linguistics” as a linguistic subdiscipline. The goals of this conference are therefore to (a) unite different researchers working on this subject, (b) shine light on the different features of this “weather discourse” and different weather-related appellatives and (c) confront the different theoretical and empirical questions regarding this kind of discourse. Possible subjects include but are by no means limited to:

(I) The linguistic study of weather reports and weather forecasts
(II) Discourse on weather and geography
(III) Perception of weather and geography
(IV) The study of weather phrasemes
(V) The semantic and grammatical features of weather appellatives (weather nouns, verbs, adjectives)

Please note that, notwithstanding our interest in discourse on and linguistic perception of weather, climate and geography, our conference does not intend to feature proposals regarding critical analyses of political and public discourse on climate change, for which there are better forums elsewhere.

Though mostly oriented towards Romance and Germanic languages, including “smaller” ones and dialects, we also welcome contributions regarding other languages, as well as more philological takes on the matter, discussing problems concerning corpora on weather-related conversations and weather-related texts.

Interested authors are invited to send their proposals to Vince.Liegeoisu-bourgogne.fr by June 30, 2022 (deadline extended).

Proposals should contain between 300 and 500 words (references excluded) and should explain the theoretical background, methodology and research question. Languages of the conference are English, French and German. Proposals can be written in any of the three languages. Notification of acceptance/denial shall be sent out on July 13, 2022.

The conference itself shall be accompanied by two keynote-lectures.




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