Time and Language

Call for papers

Time and Language

Organized by the Linguistic Association of Finland
Turku, August 25–26, 2016

Traditionally, the study of time in linguistics has focused first and foremost on tense and aspect systems and, to a lesser degree, lexical expressions of time. In late 20th century linguistics, the study of the conceptualization of time emphasized the inherent metaphoricity of temporal language, and underlined the parallelism of temporal and spatial paths or points in space and time. In recent works, the basic idea that representations for time are structured in terms of space is questioned, and attention is drawn also to features which are specific to temporal expressions and not spatial by nature and origin. Meanwhile, typological studies of tense, aspect and related phenomena develop further.

The linguistics of time appears to have divided into different branches. Cognitive linguistics has produced a considerable amount of literature based on metaphor theory, conceptual integration, spatial semantics, and the like. Language typology, on the other hand, has produced a considerable body of knowledge on the grammatical means of expressing time (tense, aspect, etc.), cross-linguistic generalizations and comparison, and the like. At the intersection of linguistics and philosophy, there is a long tradition of studying the linguistic manifestations of time in different world-views and philosophies. Despite the versatility of different approaches, there is still plenty of work to be done in understanding the intricate interconnections of language and time.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers from different traditions, working with topics related to time and language. We hope the symposium to provide a common forum for researchers all interested in time and language but looking at the field from different angles, so as to encourage new combinations of ideas, and new vantage points to time and language.

Possible topics for talks may relate to (but are not restricted to) the following intersections of time and language:

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

Abstract submission

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding data and references, should be submitted by March 31, 2016. They will be evaluated by the organizing committee and by the members of the scientific committee. Notifications of acceptance will be announced by April 30, 2016. The talks will be 30 minutes long: 20 min for presentation and 10 min for discussion.

Please submit your abstract at: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/templing-2016.

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact: templing-2016@helsinki.fi.

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