CFP: 10th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, 26-28 March

2015 University of Tübingen, Germany
Tenth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, 26-28 March 2015

The tenth 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 – understood as form miming meaning and form, and meaning miming form and meaning – in language and in literature. It will especially welcome proposals for papers dedicated to the issues of literary linguistics. This may comprise semantic, pragmatic and cognitive dimensions of iconicity and will also establish a link with the Tübingen research projects on ambiguity ( and on interpretability (as part of the collaborative research center “The Construction of Meaning”

Previous symposia have, on the one hand, concentrated on iconicity as a driving force in language on all grammatical levels, on language acquisition, and on language change. On the other hand, they have addressed the various mimetic uses of more concrete and creative iconic images and/or more abstract iconic diagrams and metaphors at all levels of the literary text, in both narrative and poetic forms, and on all varieties of discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts, advertising, language and music, word and image, etc.). These possibilities remain open for the 2015 symposium.

The meeting will be hosted by the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen. Tübingen can be easily reached by bus from Stuttgart airport, or by train ( The symposium language will be English. Presentation time for papers will be 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Session proposals and abstracts together with a brief c.v. should be sent (preferably by email) to the organizers before

1 November 2014

A second announcement with practical details will be sent in the fall. For further information about the Iconicity project, please consult our website:

Prof. Dr. Olga Fischer
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Spuistraat 210
1012VT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-20-5253825
Fax: +31-20-5253052;

Prof. Dr. Christina Ljungberg
University of Zurich
Plattenstrasse 47
8032 Zurich
Phone: +41-44-6343551
Fax: +41-44-6344908

Local organizers: Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer and Dr. Angelika Zirker
Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstr. 50
72074 Tuebingen
Phone: +49-7071-2978469
E-mail: /

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