the 12th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature

  • Zlatev, J. (Organiser)
  • Sara Lenninger (Organiser)
  • Simon Devylder (Organiser)
  • Georgios Stampoulidis (Organiser)
  • Johansson, N. (Organiser)
  • Jimmie Svensson (Organiser)

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The topic of iconicity – resemblance mappings between form and meaning – continues to be highly relevant for the study of language (in both spoken and signed modalities) and literature, but also for other semiotic systems and media involving gesture, depiction and music, and for interdisciplinary fields such as intermediality studies, cognitive science and cognitive semiotics.

Previous symposia have concentrated, on the one hand, on iconicity as a driving force in language (both spoken and signed) on all grammatical levels, as well as in language change, language acquisition, and language processing. On the other hand, they have addressed iconicity in language use across a range of media (from print to performance), incorporating the uses of iconic images, diagrams and metaphors at different levels of abstraction and in all varieties of text and discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts, advertising, language and music, word and image, etc.). These possibilities remain open for the 2019 symposium:

* Iconicity in the speech signal (“sound symbolism”, “ideophones”)
* Iconicity in grammar and text
* Iconicity in literature
* Iconicity in signed languages
* Iconicity in gestures
* Iconicity in pictures and other visual media
* Iconicity in music
* Iconicity in intermediality
* Iconicity in narration
* Iconicity in imagination (“mental imagery”)
* Iconicity in metaphors within and across semiotic systems
* Iconicity across sensory modalities (“multimodality” and “cross-modality”)
* Iconicity in evolution
* Iconicity in child development

The theme of the 12th Symposium is therefore Iconicity in Cognition and across Semiotic Systems.
Period2019 May 32019 May 5
Event typeConference
Conference number12
LocationLund, SwedenShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational