Culture and Cognition in Language 2

April 25-26, 2019

First circular and call for papers

The Institute of English Studies at the University of Rzeszów has the pleasure of announcing the second conference titled Culture and Cognition in Language 2. The conference is aimed at viewing language as a both cultural and cognitive phenomenon. We would like to invite academics specialising in a variety of linguistic fields, both synchronic and diachronic, and contributions in the following research areas will be especially welcome: .

■ cognitive linguistics
■ cultural linguistics
■ semantics
■ morphology
■ sociolinguistics
■ pragmatics
■ psycholinguistics
■ typology
■ contact linguistics

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Dirk Geerearts, University of Leuven, Belgium
Prof. Adam Głaz, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Prof. Małgorzata Fabiszak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
Prof. Bogusław Bierwiaczonek, Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, Poland

The central theme of this year's conference is:


"Every sign by itself seems dead. What gives it life? In use it is alive. Is life breathed into it there - Or is the use its life?"
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Geeraerts (2006: 25) observes that while decontextualisation is a fundamental feature of the dominant theories of twentieth-century linguistics, i.e. structuralism and generative grammar, cognitive linguistics prominently displays the recontextualising tendency shared by the majority of functional approaches. Consequently, cognitive semantics has developed as a 'maximalist' form of semantics in which word meanings are seen against the background of different kinds of context, including psycholinguistic factors, sociocultural environment and actual language use (Geeraerts, 2010). However, as argued by Kövecses (2015), among others, despite the fact that the role of contextual factors in the conceptualisation process has long been recognised in cognitive linguistics, the issue of context has been under-researched. Even though Kövecses' monograph is devoted to the way in which context shapes metaphorical conceptualisations, we believe that its findings are universal and can be applied not only to metaphorical cognition but also to other construal operations. In a similar vein, it has been pointed out by Croft and Cruse (2004) that both the linguistic and extra-linguistic context are of paramount importance in the process of meaning interpretation. Thus, we would like to suggest taking into consideration the role of the following types of context in the process of both meaning construction and meaning interpretation:

■ Global context
■ Local context
■ Main elements of the discourse
■ Surrounding discourse
■ Previous discourses on the same topic
■ Dominant forms of discourse and intertextuality
■ Ideology underlying discourse
■ Physical environment
■ Social context
■ Cultural context
■ Historical context
■ Interests and concerns of groups and individuals


Croft, William and D. Alan Cruse (2004) Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Geeraerts, Dirk (2006) "A rough guide to Cognitive Linguistics" in Dirk Geeraerts (ed.) Cognitive Linguistics: Basic Readings. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1-28.
Geeraerts, Dirk (2010) Theories of Lexical Semantics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kövecses, Zoltan (2015). Where Metaphors Come From. Reconsidering Context in Metaphor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


While we will especially appreciate presentations aligned with the theme of the conference, we are open to papers on all topics discussing language from the cultural and cognitive perspective. We invite proposal submissions for 20-minute presentations. Abstracts of a maximum 300 words (excluding references) should be submitted by January 30, 2019 through the EasyChair system. Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 15, 2019. Papers accepted for publication will appear in a reviewed volume published by Peter Lang within Studies in the English Language and Anglophone Literature and Culture series.

Conference fees

The conference fee for the speakers (covering refreshments, dinner, lunch, participation certificate and publication expenses): 500 PLN or €125 (€115 conference fee plus €10 for bank transfer fees). The conference fee for non-speakers (covering refreshments, dinner, lunch, and participation certificate): 350 PLN or €85 (plus €10 for bank transfer fees).

Best regards and looking forward to seeing you in Rzeszów.

Organizing committee: Scientific board:
prof. Robert Kiełtyka prof. Livia Körtvelyessy
dr Bożena Duda prof. Przemysław Łozowski
dr Anna Dziama prof. Hanna Rutkowska
dr Ewa Konieczna prof. Pavol Štekauer
dr Marcin Kudła prof. Agnieszka Uberman