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University of Osnabrück
sponsered by the Sievert Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Kultur
Venue: Universität Osnabrück, Altes Kreishaus, Neuer Graben 40, Room 111
Recent years have witnessed an increasing interest in a rethinking of Construction Grammar in light of the inherent multimodality of human communication. Bringing together usage-based theories which take “grammar to be the cognitive organization of one's experience with language” (Bybee 2006) and the very fact that human language use is not just verbal in nature but interacts meaningful information being conveyed by speech as well as the tone of voice, facial expressions, hand and head gestures, body postures and movements, it is argued that the basic units of language, i.e. constructions in Construction Grammar, must be multimodal in nature. This workshop aims at discussing the implications of this multimodal rethinking of the nature of constructions in terms of the theoretical conceptualization and methodology of Construction Grammar.
The workshop is conceptualized as a think tank rather than a classical conference. This entails that rather than having elaborated individual presentations on particular topics, the workshop is designed to primarily serve as a discussion forum. The aim is to concentrate on a couple of detailed theoretical issues that are raised by adopting a multimodal perspective on constructions and the constructicon. These include but are not limited to:
The workshop will include a series of blitz presentations (10 minutes), joint hands-on analyses and discussions of data from the NewsScape Library (aka RedHen, Steen & Turner 2013) as well as moderated theoretical discussion sections. By virtue of its concentrated focus on a couple of narrowly defined key issues and its aim to discuss these issues in a small group of just under twenty researchers, who are all experts in Construction Grammar and multimodality research, the workshop has the potential to greatly advance the discipline by laying the very foundations of a Multimodal Construction Grammar that is cognitively plausible and compatible with the realities of language use.
Alexander Bergs, University of Osnabrück
Elisabeth Zima, University of Freiburg
Alexander Bergs (University of Osnabrück)
Elisabeth Zima (University of Freiburg)
Cristóbal Pagan Canovas
Begin of workshop: 10 March, 2016
End of workshop: 12 March, 2016
Please register via the button to the right, next to the workshop's title.
University of Osnabrück, Germany
Altes Kreishaus, Neuer Graben 40, Room 111
We have reserved rooms at the Arcona hotel: http://osnabrueck.arcona.de
The Arcona is a brand new business hotel right across the street from the department and workshop venue.
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