Papers -- "The Metaphorical Brain" at Frontiers in Human
currently organizing a Research Topic at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,
and we welcome contributions from SNL members.
Title: The Metaphorical Brain
Vicky T. Lai, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands, Seana
Coulson, University of California at San Diego, USA
Metaphor has been an issue of intense research and debate for decades.
Researchers in various disciplines, including linguistics, psychology,
computer science, education, and philosophy have developed a variety of
theories, and much progress has been made. For one, metaphor is no longer
considered a rhetorical flourish that is found mainly in literary texts.
Rather, linguists have shown that metaphor is a pervasive phenomenon in everyday
language, a major force in the development of new word meanings, and the
source of at least some grammatical function words. Indeed, one of the
most influential theories of metaphor involves the suggestion that the
commonality of metaphoric language results because cross-domain mappings
are a major determinant in the organization of semantic memory, as
cognitive and neural resources for dealing with concrete domains are
recruited for the conceptualization of more abstract ones. Researchers in
cognitive neuroscience have explored whether particular kinds of brain
damage are associated with metaphor production and comprehension
deficits, and whether similar brain regions are recruited when healthy
adults understand the literal and metaphorical meanings of the same
words. Whereas early research on this topic focused on the issue of the
role of hemispheric asymmetry in the comprehension and production of
metaphors, in recent years cognitive neuroscientists have argued that
metaphor is not a monolithic category, and that metaphor processing
varies as a function of numerous factors, including the novelty or
conventionality of a particular metaphoric expression, its part of
speech, and the extent of contextual support for the metaphoric meaning.
Moreover, recent developments in cognitive neuroscience point to a
sensorimotor basis for many concrete concepts, and raise the issue of
whether these mechanisms are ever recruited to process more abstract
In order to
promote the development of the neuroscientific investigation of metaphor,
this Frontiers Research Topic aims at bringing together contributions
from researchers in cognitive neuroscience and related fields, whose work
involves the study of metaphor in language and thought. Specifically,
this special issue will adopt an interdisciplinary perspective on the
cognitive and neural basis of metaphor production and comprehension.
Here, an important focal point will be to characterize the underlying processes
and mechanisms involved in metaphoric language and identify their
relationship, if any, to those involved in the organization of semantic
memory. For this Research Topic, we, therefore, solicit original research
articles, reviews, opinion and method papers, that investigate the
cognitive neuroscience of metaphor. While focusing on work in the
neurosciences, this Research Topic also welcomes contributions in the
form of behavioral studies, psychophysiological investigations,
methodological innovations, computational approaches, along with
developmental and patient studies that revisit established findings and
explore new questions about the neural basis of metaphor.
Special Issue will synthesize current findings on the cognitive neuroscience
of metaphor, provide a forum for voicing novel perspectives, and promote
new insights into the metaphorical brain.
abstract submission: 01 Sep 2013
Deadline for full
article submission: 01 Apr 2014
information and for submitting your abstract, please visit:
Papers -- International Conference on Multilingualism:Linguistic
Challenges and Neurocognitive Mechanisms
The School of
Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill
University and the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and
Music in Montreal are pleased to invite papers and
posters for the International Conference on
Multilingualism: Linguistic Challenges and Neurocognitive
2013 (Thursday and Friday)
Hosted by McGill
University in Montreal, Canada
Submission Deadline: 30th June 2013
examines recent advances in our understanding of multilingualism,
including simultaneous bilingualism, language learning mechanisms, sign
language, transfer effects, brain plasticity and critical periods,
providing a critical overview of current developments in this field.
Another important goal of this conference is to facilitate and inspire
the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers and students
from different backgrounds, and to promote collaborative research
projects in the future.
Researchers in the
areas of linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience,
neurolinguistics, speech language pathology and related fields are
invited to submit abstracts that report on relevant work in the
field of bilingualism and multilingualism.
(University of Potsdam)
(University of Mannheim)
(University of Manchester + MPI)
(University of California, San Diego)
(University of Illinois)
(University of Oregon)
30 June 2013 -
Abstract submissions deadline
2013 - Notification of acceptance
2013 - Registration opens
2013 - 'Early bird' registration ends
How to submit an
Step 1: Prepare an abstract of no more than 300
words in either 'Word' or 'PDF' format (*.doc, *.docx, *.pdf).
Abstracts should include enough details to allow reviewers to judge the
scientific merit of the proposal. To enable blind review, please do
not include the name(s) of the author(s) in the abstract. Only one
presentation as a first author is allowed.
Step 2: Abstracts must be submitted through EasyAbstracts at
the LinguistList website.
To submit your
abstract, please click here (http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/Multilingualism2013)
take about 3 minutes.
Note: On submitting your abstract, you will receive an
automatic notification acknowledging receipt of your submission. (If you
do not receive such an email, or if you have any questions, please
contact us at
information please visit our Conference Website: http://multilingualism.conference.mcgill.ca
The conference is
also part of a number of events celebrating
the 50th anniversary of the School of Communication
Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) at McGill. You will have opportunities to
visit the research facilities of the School as well as the
interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Brain, Language and
Music that brings together top scientists from all four universities
Last but not least
- Montreal is one of the most vibrant multilingual cities in
the world ! You may wish to stay an extra day or two to experience
'applied multilingualism', Montreal's famous cuisine, and the city's
multi-faceted cultural life.
We hope to see you
all in October,
Steinhauer, PhD (Chair, Organizing Committee)
Contact: [email protected]
Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Lucerne, Switzerland
This year marks
the 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia which will be held in
Lucerne, Switzerland from October 20-22, 2013.
We are pleased to
announce that Stanislas Dehaene will be this year's luncheon speaker. Dr.
Dehaene is Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at
the College dè France and Director of the INSERM-CEA Cognitive
Neuroimaging Unit in France. Further information about Dr. Dehaene
can be found at: http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/en-stanislas-dehaene/
The meeting will
be held at Hotel Continental Park in Lucerne, Switzerland.
information about the conference location, please refer to the Academy
will be posted as it becomes available.