The Body in Language: Lexicon, Metaphor, Grammar and Culture

October, 2011 - The Department of African Studies in cooperation with the University of Cologne organised a Conference The Body in Language: Lexicon, Metaphor, Grammar and Culture that took place at the University of Warsaw on October 21-22. The conference welcomed over 60 participants from around the world. The plenary talks were given by the following distinguished speakers: Alexandra Aikhenvald from James Cook University, Bernd Heine from the University of Cologne and Maarten Mous from the University of Leiden.

 


Programme of the conference.

Lexicon, Metaphor, Grammar and Culture

 

University of Warsaw (Pałac Kazimierzowski), 21-22 October 2011

 

Friday 21st October, 2011

8.45-9.15

Registration/coffee (Sala Złota)

9.15-9.45

Conference opening address (Sala Senatu)

Włodzimierz Lengauer, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations

Jolanta Sierakowska-Dyndo, Dean of the Oriental Faculty

Nina Pawlak, Head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures

Matthias Brenzinger, Iwona Kraska-Szlenk

 

Plenary session (Sala Senatu)

Chair: Matthias Brenzinger

9.45-10.3

 

Alexandra Aikhenvald

James Cook University

Mind, body and spirit: on meanings and functions of body part terms in the languages of the Sepik area, Papua New Guinea

10.30-11.1

 

Bernd Heine

University of Cologne

The human body as template in the evolution of grammar

11.15-11.30

Coffee break (Sala Złota)

 

Session 1: Sala Senatu

Chair: Nina Pawlak

Session 2: Sala im. Brudzińskiego

Chair: Hanna Rubinkowska-Anioł

11.30-11.55

Aliyu Mu’azu. Bayero University Kano; Body Language as a Means of Social Dialect in Hausa

Grigory E. Kreydlin, Svetlana I.Pereverzeva, Russian State University For The Humanities; Semiotic conceptualization of human body: types of somatic objects and their names in Russian

1.55-12.20

Christa König. University of Frankfurt; Body, emotion, and sensation in! Xun

Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk. University of Bielsko-Biala; The folk theory of embodied soul in Slavic

12.20-12.45

Matthias Brenzinger. University of Cologne; Obligatory gestures in Khwe

Sven Sellmer. Adam Mickiewicz University; Body, felt body, metaphor  –  three levels of  “body language ”

12.45-13.10

Anne-Maria Fehn. University of Cologne; The body in motion: Gesture-in-speech in Ts’ixa

Joanna Jurewicz. Uniwersytet Warszawski; The cow’s and the horse’s body as the source domain of philosophical metaphors in the Rigveda

3.10-14.30

Lunch break

 

Session 1: Sala Senatu

Chair: Matthias Brenzinger

Session 2: Sala im. Brudzińskiego

Chair: Joanna Jurewicz

4.30-14.55

Kithaka wa Mberia. University of Nairobi; On the Linguistics of Body Terms In Sabaki Languages

Urszula Zaliwska-Okrutna, University of Warsaw; Body, language and identity

14.55-15.20

Iwona Kraska-Szlenk. University of Warsaw; Semantic extensions of body part terms: a corpus-based approach

Veronika Szelid, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. The Embodiment of ’Sacred Love’ in American Church Songs – A Cognitive Linguistic Approach

15.20-15.45

Serena Talento. Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale; What hands/arms can say: a corpus-based analysis of the swahili terms mkono and mikono

Anna Fornalczyk, Aleksandra Biela-Wołońciej. University of Warsaw; Conceptualisation of Emotions With Reference to the Body on the Examples of Children’s Literature

15.45-16.10

Laura Łykowska, Beata Wójtowicz, University of Warsaw; Language Sensitivity To Terms denoting Parts of the Body

Agnieszka Kulisz. UMCS Lublin. The linguistic and cultural image of the concept of 'hand' in the Polish folk language

 

16.10-16.25

Coffee break

 

Session 1: Sala Senatu

Chair: Matthias Brenzinger

Session 2: Sala im. Brudzińskiego

Chair: Joanna Jurewicz

16.25-16.50

Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor. University of Nairobi; Body Parts in Dholuo: Meaning and Associated Metaphors

Elżbieta Górska. University of Warsaw; The up/down orientation in language and music

16.50-17.15

Marilena Thanassoula. University of Cologne; Body concept and the polysemy of the verbs for perception exemplified in East African Bantu languages (Great Lakes Region)

Wiesna Mond-Kozłowska. Ignatianum, Cracow;
Symbolical nature of the body gesture or aesthetics of ineffable

17.15-17.40

Helma Pasch, University of Cologne, Body parts in Zande

 

Natalija Panić  & Vesna Polovina. University of Belgrade; Body part terms and terms for gestures in the study of nonverbal communication: Serbian vs. English

17.40-18.05

Doris Richter genannt Kemmermann. University of Cologne, Body and body parts in Mbembe

Joanna Suska, University of Warsaw, Ayn 'eye' in Arabic: expressing emotional concepts through their embodiment and the use of gestures involving eyes in communication

 

Saturday, 22nd October, 2011

 

Plenary session (Sala Senatu)

Chair: Izabela Will

9.00-9.45

Maarten Mous

University of Leiden

Body-centered activities and their lexicalisation in African languages

9.45-10.00

Coffee break

 

Session 1: Sala Senatu

Chair: Izabela Will

Session 2: Sala im. Brudzińskiego

Chair: Elżbieta Górska

10.00-10.25

Nina Pawlak. University of Warsaw; Notions for SELF in Hausa

 

Sally Rice. University of Alberta;

Corporeal incorporation and extension in Dene Sųłiné (Athapaskan) lexicalization

10.25-10.50

Tijjani Shehu Almajir. Bayero University, Kano; The polysemy of Body-Part Terms in Hausa

John Newman. University of Alberta; Our collocating body parts: recurring images of Self and Other in body part usage

10.50-11.15

Hafizu Miko Yakasai. Bayero University Kano; The Role of Body in the Negative and Emphatic Constructions in Hausa

Arnaud Richard. Université Montpellier; Mela naming: a concept to understand the discursive categorisation process according to the skin color

11.15-11.40

Olga Frąckiewicz, Miłosz Wrzałek and Jakub Kodłubaj, University of Warsaw, Body part terms in Hausa common nouns

Eric Perera & Sylvain Rouanet. Laboratoire SantESiH Staps Montpellier; The speech of the body in the manners to make some body-building in France: Of the body hatch in the body health

11.40-11.55

Coffee break

 

Session 1: Sala Senatu

Chair: Izabela Will

Session 2: Sala im. Brudzińskiego

Chair: Elżbieta Górska

11.55-12.20

Philippe Cassuto, Victor Porkhomovsky, Université de Provence, Russian Academy of Sciences;  Body part terms in Hausa translations of the Bible

Junichi Toyota. Lund University /University of Belgrade; Bodily sense of proximity to the expression of time

12.20-12.45

Ibrahim G. Satatima. Bayero Univ. Kano; Body Terms as Key Elements to Hyperbole and Satirical Devices as Exemplified by Hausa Poets

Barbara Gryczan. University of Warsaw; Grammaticalization of body parts yad ‘hand’ and pane ‘face’ in Hebrew

12.45-13.10

Segio Baldi, Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale, Body parts in Hausa proverbs and ideophones

Conor Snoek. University of Alberta;

Semantic differences in body-part, effluvia, and ephemera terms in Athapaskan

13.10-14.30

Lunch break

 

Session 1: Sala Senatu

Chair: Hafizu Miko Yakasai

Session 2: Sala im. Brudzińskiego

Chair: Beata Wójtowicz

14.30-14.55

Jibril Shu’aibu Adamu. Bayero University Kano; The New Trends of Body Language in Communication Among Youths In Hausa Culture

Tatiana Szczygłowska. University of Bielsko-Biała; Selected body part terms as a means for conveying abstract concepts in The Economist. The case of head, eye, mouth and nose

14.55-15.20

Izabela Will, University of Warsaw;  Expressions describing gestures as a source of metaphors in Hausa

Robert Blagoni, Kristina Jordan. University of Zadar; Contrastive Croatian-Italian phraseology with the somatism eye: cultural implications

15.20-15.45

Yakubu Magaji Azare. Bayero University, Kano; The biological metaphor of face communication in Hausa Language

Grigory Kreydlin, Lidia Khesed. The Russian State University For The Humanities; Body parts in Russian and Body Russian: navel

15.45-16.10

Hanna Rubinkowska-Anioł. University of Warsaw; The power of gestures or gestures of power: the message of Haile Sillasie I

Magdalena Zawrotna, Jagiellonian University; Sexual, impure, vulgar: An analysis of the intimate body part terms in Egyptian Arabic

16.10-16.25

Coffee break

 

Session 1: Sala Senatu

Chair: Hafizu Miko Yakasai

Session 2: Sala im. Brudzińskiego

Chair: Beata Wójtowicz

16.25-16.50

Abinet Sime Gebreyes. Addis Ababa University; Grammaticalization of Body Part Terms in Ethiosemitic

Magdalena Olejarnik, Jagiellonian University, An overview of body movement predicates in Swahili

16.50-17.15

Ewa Wołk. University of Warsaw; The heart as a source of metaphorical expressions in Amharic

Rebecca Voll. University of Leiden;

Word Order Variation in Possessive Constructions Involving Body parts in Mundabli (Yemne-Kimbi, former Western Beboid) – a Case of Possessor Raising?

17.15-17.40

Natalia Malenko; The Concept of HEART in Proverbs

Susanne Vejdemo. The semantically extended uses of body temperature – report on a small cross-linguistic survey

17.40-18.05

Chalermchai Chaichompoo. Chiang Mai Rajabhat University; Conceptualization of the word “heart” in the Thai language

Renate Raffelsiefen, Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim; Reference to the body in attributive adjective constructions

 

Concluding remarks (Sala Senatu)

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