Network invitation and call for papers: cognitive science and regional philologies

I receive by Rune Nyord (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Copenhagen) and republish FYI

Network invitation and call for papers

Traditionally, the fields of linguistics, cognitive science and regional
philologies have led quite separate existences. The two former areas
have started a very fruitful collaboration during the recent decades in
the field of cognitive linguistics, but with occasional exceptions,
philology has mainly been left out of the collaboration. Rather than
dwelling on the possible reasons for this, we propose to establish a
network of scholars interested in the conjunction of cognitive
linguistics and philology, particular the philologies of the modern and
ancient Near East.

The purpose of this move is to establish a relationship of benefit for
both fields: On the one hand traditional philological disciplines such
as lexicography and etymology stand to gain from advances in the
understanding of categorical structure within cognitive linguistics,
just as the study of individual texts and discourses can be furthered by
theoretical models of such phenomena as metaphors and conceptual
blending. On the other hand, many Near Eastern languages, especially the
ancient ones, are difficult to access for linguists for comparative or
typological purposes, as introductions to these languages are often
strongly steeped in individual philological traditions. For the
linguist, this leaves a rich material for language study relatively

The aim of this call is twofold. The long-term objective is to assemble
a network of scholars working with or interested in the cross field
between cognitive linguistics and Near Eastern philologies. On a shorter
term, we would like to initiate this cooperative effort by inviting
interested scholars to join forces for a project combining various
approaches to the main theme outlined here. We envisage the project as
taking the form of a symposium or workshop resulting in a published
anthology, but the exact nature will naturally depend on the amount and
nature of feedback on this call.

For the moment, we cordially invite feedback of two kinds:

1) Statements of interest in becoming part of the network, and/or
2) Abstracts of current projects, results of which could be presented at
a workshop and/or anthology in the near future

Sample topics for abstracts dealing with one or more Near Eastern
languages would include

* Conceptual metaphors
* Rhetoric device in particular texts/discourses
* Issues of translation to modern Western languages
* Classification and category structure
* Language-specific issues, e.g. writing systems or grammar

Abstracts should be in English and of no more than 300 words. The
initial deadline for abstracts is July 15 2010. Please send abstracts,
statements of interest and questions or comments to Joshua Sabih
( or Rune Nyord (

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