2017 University of Brighton
University of Brighton, UK       

Registration for the conference is now open:


The eleventh in a series of biennial international and interdisciplinary symposia organized by the Iconicity Research Project since 1997, this meeting will once again focus on iconicity resemblance mappings between form and meaning in language and in literature. The theme of the 2017 symposium is the “operationalization of iconicity” concerned with being able to define and describe different types and levels of iconicity as they appear in different media and modalities. We especially welcome proposals for papers dedicated to this theme, but encourage submissions investigating iconicity from a broad range of perspectives.

Previous symposia have concentrated, on the one hand, on iconicity as a driving force in language (spoken and signed) on all grammatical levels, as well as in language change, language acquisition, and language processing. On the other hand, they have addressed iconicity in language use across a range of media (from print to performance), incorporating the uses of iconic images, diagrams and metaphors at different levels of abstraction and in all varieties of text and discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts, advertising, etc.). These possibilities remain open for the 2017 symposium.

The symposium will be hosted by the School of Humanities, University of Brighton, UK. For international participants, Brighton can be most easily reached from Gatwick airport (about 30 minutes by train). Travel to Brighton from other London airports is equally possible (there is a direct bus service to Heathrow airport), but takes longer.

Presentation time for papers will be 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.  A selected number of essays will be published in the Iconicity in Language and Literature (ILL) series published by John Benjamins (http://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/ill/main).

Keynote speakers: Neil Cohn (Tilburg University, Netherlands), Mark Dingemanse (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands), Lucia Santaella (So Paulo Catholic University, Brazil).

Abstract submission is now closed.

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Note: If you are a sign language user and are interested in attending this symposium, please contact Pamela Perniss (p.perniss@brighton.ac.uk)

Download 11th Symposium Book of Abstracts as PDF

Local organizer:

Dr Pamela Perniss

School of Humanities

University of Brighton

Checkland Building

BN1 9PH Brighton

United Kingdom

Tel: +44-1273-641406

Email: P.Perniss@brighton.ac.uk

Prof Dr Olga Fischer                                           Prof Dr Christina Ljungberg

University of Amsterdam                                    University of Zurich

Spuistraat 134                                                     Plattenstrasse 47

1012 VB Amsterdam                                           8032 Zurich

The Netherlands                                                 Switzerland

Tel: +31-20-5253825                                          Tel: +41-44-6343551

Email: O.C.M.Fischer@uva.nl                                    Email: cljung@es.uzh.ch