The 2nd Workshop on Metaphor Variation in Englishes around the World (MetViEW-2) brings together scholars who are interested in metaphor research as well as in World Englishes.
We are very happy that one of the leading researchers in this field of study, Prof Dr Farzad Sharifian, accepted our invitation as keynote speaker.
Prof Sharifian is chairholder of Cultural Linguistics at Monash University, Australia, and also director of the Language and Society Centre there. He is in charge of several renowned journals and book series, and at the same time has published many important publications on cultural conceptualisations within varieties of English (see, e.g., article on “Cultural Linguistics and world Englishes”).
The topic of his keynote address is “Metaphor Variation in World Englishes: A Cultural Linguistics Perspective”.
We owe special thanks to Prof Dr Marcus Callies and his colleagues. They not only brought this workshop into being by organising the first workshop at Bremen University in 2015, but also kindly ceded the workshop format to us. We hope that it will become a regular event at changing locations. Please let us know if you are interested in organising the next workshop.
Furthermore, we would like to thank Sarah Geers from Bremen University for letting us use the logo in the header, which she had designed for the first workshop.
We are also indebted to Prof Dr Hans-Georg Wolf for his support in organising the workshop.
Even though congruency between conceptual metaphor studies and World Englishes can today be regarded as incontestable, these two areas of studies have paved independent paths in linguistic research for quite a long time. While cognitive-linguistic studies had long ignored cross-cultural variation in metaphor (cf. Wolf, 1994, for an early critique to conceptual metaphor theory on this issue), World Englishes – where within-language variation is, of course, the core theme – mainly focused on certain overt linguistic phenomena. Thus, variation in phonology, morphology, and syntax, for instance, has been comprehensively described (Mesthrie & Bhatt, 2008), but almost no attention to differences in cultural conceptualizations (Sharifian, 2011) was given. However, a considerable amount of research has countered the abovementioned tendencies by taking the usage-based approach to linguistic investigations (Geeraerts, 2003) seriously into account through the analysis of conceptual variation within World Englishes (e.g., Wolf & Polzenhagen, 2009).
This workshop builds on works that have made relevant moves to simultaneously fill in the cultural variation gap in Cognitive Linguistics and the cognitive-linguistic gap in World Englishes (Wolf, 2008; Wolf & Polzenhagen, 2009; Sharifian, 2015). With the aim to further advance studies that unite the constructs of within-language conceptual variation, cognitive-linguistic approaches to metaphor, and World Englishes, the 2nd Workshop on Metaphor Variation in Englishes around the World is happy to invite young as well as experienced researchers to submit abstracts, present their work, and engage in fruitful dialogue with other researchers in the field.
Geeraerts, D. (2003). ‘Usage-based’ implies ‘variational’: On the inevitability of Cognitive Sociolinguistics. Paper presented at the 8th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2003, Logrono, Spain, July 20-15.
Mesthrie, R.; Bhatt, R. M. (2008). World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sharifian, F. (2011). Cultural Conceptualisations and Language. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing.
Sharifian, F. (2015). Cultural Linguistics and world Englishes. In World Englishes, 34(4), 515-532.
Wolf, H.-G. (1994). A Folk Model of ‘Internal Self’ in the Light of the Contemporary View of Metaphor – the Self as Subject and Object. European University Studies, Series XIV Anglo-Saxon Language and Literature, vol. 284. Frankfurt/M.: P. Lang.
Wolf, H.-G. (2008). A Cognitive Linguistic approach to the cultures of World Englishes: The emergence of a new model. In G. Kristiansen & R. Dirven (eds.), Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Language Variation, Cultural Models, Social Systems. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 353-385.
Wolf, H.-G.; Polzenhagen, F. (2009). World Englishes: A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.