PhD course in Cognitive Linguistics at the University of Tromsø

Title of course: Contemporary Cognitive Linguistics (course code HIF-8029, 10 credits/studiepoeng)

Dates: April 26-29, 2011

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Course Plan

Note: All events will take place in room E-0101 except Tutoring. For the Tutoring, students have been assigned to groups. Please see the list of tutoring groups to find your assignment. Students will make their presentations and receive feedback during the tutoring sessions. All students will attend all tutoring sessions.

Day 1: Tuesday, April 26
  • 9-12: Janda & Nesset
  • 1-3: Huumo
  • 3-4: Tutoring: Groups A and B in E-0101; Groups C and D in E-0103; Groups E and F in E-0104
  • Day 2: Wednesday, April 27
  • 9-12: Janda & Nesset
  • 1-3: Huumo
  • 3-4: Tutoring: Groups A and B in E-0101; Groups C and D in E-0103; Groups E and F in E-0105
  • Day 3: Thursday, April 28
  • 9-12: Geeraerts & Steels
  • 1-3: Turner
  • 3-4: Tutoring: Group A in E-0101; Group B in E-0103; Group C in E-0104; Group D in B-1004; Group E in C-1005; Group F in C-1007
  • Day 4: Friday, April 29
  • 9-5: Conference “Time and Variation in Cognitive Linguistics”
  • Instructors, Topics, and Readings

    Note: Please prepare the readings listed below. In order to fulfill the requirements of the course, participants should read at least 700pp. selected from these readings. In addition, please familiarize yourself with an introductory text in cognitive linguistics. We suggest one of the following: Langacker 2008 (Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press), Croft & Cruse 2004 (Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press), or Dabrowska 2004 (Language, Mind and Brain: Some Psychological and Neurological Constraints on Theories of Grammar. Washington DC: Georgetown U Press).

    Laura Janda & Tore Nesset, University of Tromsø

  • Linguistic Profiling (Constructional Profiles, Grammatical Profiles, Semantic Profiles, Radial Category Profiling); Morphophonology and Paradigm Structure; Metonymy and Word-Formation
  • Readings:
  • Janda, Laura A. 2010. “Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2010”. International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics 1:1 (2010), 1-30. (30 pp.)
  • Janda, Laura A. In press. “Metonymy in word-formation”. Cognitive Linguistics. (expected 22:2 2011). (33 pp.)
  • Janda, Laura A. Tore Nesset and Anna Baydimirova. In press. “Two ways to get out: Radial Category Profiling and the Russian Prefixes vy- and iz-”. Zeitschrift für Slawistik. (27 pp.)
  • Janda, Laura A. and Olga Lyashevskaya. In press. “Grammatical profiles and the interaction of the lexicon with aspect, tense and mood in Russian”. Cognitive Linguistics. (44 pp.)
  • Janda, Laura A. and Tore Nesset. 2010. “Paradigm structure: evidence from Russian suffix shift”. Cognitive Linguistics 21:4, 699-725. (27 pp.)
  • Janda, Laura A. and Valery Solovyev. 2009. “What Constructional Profiles Reveal About Synonymy: A Case Study of Russian Words for SADNESS and HAPPINESS”. Cognitive Linguistics 20:2, 367-393. (27 pp.)
  • Tore Nesset. In press. “Metafor og metonymi: personkarakteriserende sammensatte substantiv i norsk”. Maal og Minne. (24 pp.)
  • Nesset, Tore. 2008. Abstract Phonology in a Concrete Model. Cognitive Linguistics and the Morphology-Phonology Interface. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Chapter 2, pp. 9-29 and Chapter 3, pp. 31-54. (45 pp.)
  • Tuomas Huumo, University of Turku & University of Tartu

  • Langacker & Talmy, Fictive Motion, Motion in Space and Time, Dynamic Conceptualization, Scanning and Aspect
  • Readings:
  • Talmy, Leonard. 2000. Toward a Cognitive Semantics Vol. 1. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Chapter 2 (pp. 99-175) (77 pp.)
  • Janda, Laura. A. 2004. “A metaphor in search of a source domain: the categories of Slavic aspect” (table). Cognitive Linguistics 15(4), 471-427. (57 pp.)
  • Huumo, Tuomas. 2003. “Incremental Existence: The World According to the Finnish Existential Sentence”. Linguistics 41(3): 461-493. (33 pp.)
  • Huumo, Tuomas. 2010. “On directionality and its motivation in Finnish expressions of sensory perception”. Linguistics 48(1), 49-97. (49 pp.)
  • Dirk Geeraerts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

  • Variation and methodology in Cognitive Linguistics
  • Readings:
  • Geeraerts, Dirk (2010). 'The doctor and the semantician'. In Dylan Glynn and Kerstin Fischer (eds.), Quantitative Methods in Cognitive Semantics: Corpus-Driven Approaches 63-78. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton. (26 pp.)
  • Geeraerts, Dirk (2010). 'Recontextualizing grammar: Underlying trends in thirty years of Cognitive Linguistics'. In Elzbieta Tabakowska, Michal Choinski and Lukasz Wiraszka (eds.), Cognitive Linguistics in Action: From Theory to Application and Back 71-102. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton. (32 pp.)
  • Geeraerts, Dirk (2010). 'Schmidt redux: How systematic is the linguistic system if variation is rampant?'. In Kasper Boye and Elisabeth Engeberg-Pedersen (eds.), Language Usage and Language Structure 237-262. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton. (26 pp.)
  • Speelman, Dirk and Dirk Geeraerts (2009). 'Causes for causatives: the case of Dutch 'doen' and 'laten''. In Ted Sanders and Eve Sweetser (eds.), Causal Categories in Discourse and Cognition 173-204. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (32 pp.)
  • Luc Steels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • Can we operationalize embodied cognitive semantics?
  • How can conceptual structures co-develop (in children) and co-evolve (in populations) with emergent grammar?
  • Case study of language game experiments for body language - which implies the question of mirror systems
  • Case study of language game experiments for spatial language - including issue of perspective reversal
  • Readings:
  • Steels, Luc. In press. “Exploring Cultural Language Evolution with Language Games”. In Luc Steels (ed.), Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (32 pp.)
  • Steels, Luc. In press. “Self-organization and Selection in Cultural Language Evolution”. In Luc Steels (ed.), Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (33 pp.)
  • Steels, Luc and Remi van Trijp. In press. “How to make construction grammars fluid?”. In Luc Steels (ed.), Design Patterns in Fluid Construction Grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (33 pp.)
  • Martin Loetzsch, Simon Pauw, Michael Spranger and Luc Steels. Forthcoming. “A formalism for cognitive semantics: The incremental recruitment language”. (27 pp.)
  • Steels, Luc and Michael Spranger. In press. “Emergent mirror systems for body language”. In Luc Steels (ed.), Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (25 pp.)
  • Steels, Luc and Michael Spranger. In press. “A basic emergent grammar for space”. In Luc Steels (ed.), Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (17 pp.)
  • Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University

  • Blending in Language
  • Readings:
  • Fauconnier, Gilles and Mark Turner. 2008. “Rethinking metaphor”. In Ray Gibbs (ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought. New York: Cambridge University Press. (31 pp.)
  • Fauconnier, Gilles and Mark Turner. 1996. “Blending as a Central Process of Grammar: Expanded Version”. In Adele Goldberg (ed.), Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information, 113-130. (18 pp.)
  • Fauconnier, Gilles and Mark Turner. 1998. “Conceptual Integration Networks”. Cognitive Science 22(2), 133-187. (55 pp.)
  • Students’ Obligations

  • Prior to the course, each student will prepare a 10-minute presentation on a research topic relevant to the course. Students will deliver their presentations at assigned slots during the Tutoring hours.
  • Exams:
  • The exam consists of an essay of 15-20 pages written in English or Norwegian. Each student will choose a topic in agreement with the instructors. The essay is to be sent by June 1, 2011 in three copies to: Universitetet i Tromsø, HSL-fakultetet, Seksjon for forskningstjenester, TEO-H1, 9037 Tromsø. The essay will be evaluated pass/fail by two censors.
  • Logistics and other information

    Contact person: Emma Skallman (Click on her name to send her an email message)

    Deadline for registration is March 15, 2011.

    There are no fees for eligible PhD students who participate in the course. (Other students who wish to receive credit may have to pay a fee. Click here for details.) Each student must cover all costs of travel, accommodation and food associated with participation.

    NordLing 1.5 - a Balto-Scandinavian network of graduate schools in language and linguistics studies - is offering a limited number of Student Mobility Grants to cover travel and accomodation. Click HERE for more information about these grants.

    Hotel rooms and flights into Tromsø are limited. Please make reservations as soon as possible. This link takes you to a list of local hotels.

    Sightseeing information can be found at this link.

    All are welcome to join the Norwegian Cognitive Linguistics Association (NORKOG). All you have to do is send Hanne Martine Eckhoff your contact information. The price is right -- there is no fee. And you do not have to be Norwegian to join.