The Language of the senses

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The overall objective of this thematic session is to present new research and discuss how different cultures and communities sense the world by paying attention to one of its more accessible manifestations: language. We bring together scholars who work on various aspects of how sensory perceptions are verbally manifested and use different methodologies, from experimental to discourse-based. The general questions addressed in the workshop are the following:• How do we talk or write about sight, taste, smell, touch and sound (lexical and grammatical resources)?• What are the concepts and figurative mechanisms that are most often used in describing these sensory experiences?• How do cultural and disciplinary factors influence the way we describe sensory perceptions in text and discourse?The contributions listed below cover the aforementioned questions by paying attention to a wide range of languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French, etc.), some using corpus tools (Winter, Caballero, Hartman & Paradis) and others approaching the topic using experimental methods (Branchini et al, Soriano), and most of them bringing the notion of genre into the study of how language is used to communicate sensory information. In order to discuss sensory language, some papers offer a general view and explore the verbal constructions used to express sensory events (Caballero) as well as the⸻frequent⸻mixture of sensation and emotion (Hartman & Paradis) or the⸻also frequent⸻metaphorical use of sensory language (Soriano), while others approach the topic from a more specific context, situating their discussion in such a multi-sensory context as wine discourse (Branchini et al, Suárez-Toste), or focus on such a paramount cross-sensory phenomenon as synaesthesia (Striek-Lievers, Winter).


  • Rosario Caballero Rodríguez (Editor)
  • Carita Paradis (Editor)
  • Ernesto Suárez Toste (Editor)
External organisations
  • University of Castilla La Mancha
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  • Languages and Literature
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 17
Publication categoryResearch
EventAELCO 2018: 11th International Conference of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association - Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
Duration: 2018 Oct 172018 Oct 19
Conference number: XI


ConferenceAELCO 2018
Abbreviated titleAELCO 2018
OtherCognitive linguistic research in metonymy, metaphor, constructions and frames: Scope, models and methods
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