Affect in Language 2.2.2018

Call for Papers: Affect in Language
University of Helsinki 2/2/2018

The research community Comparing and Contrasting Languages and Cultures (CoCoLaC) of the University of Helsinki is hosting a colloquium on affect in language on Friday, February 2, 2018. We invite 20-minute presentations in English addressing affect in language from a wide variety of perspectives.

We welcome both theoretical reflections and empirical studies of spoken, written, bodily, and multimodal communication. Potential research questions include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • What is the role of affect in contemporary linguistics and adjacent fields?
  • Which theories or methods are useful in conceptualizing affect in language use?
  • How does modern communication technology contribute either to communicating affect or analyzing affect-related phenomena?
  • How do accounts of affect focusing on individual subjectivities differ from intersubjective approaches?
  • What are the links between affect and empathy, ethos, or pathos?
  • What are the characteristics of affect in multilingual settings?
  • To what extent is the expression of affect culturally and linguistically dependent?
  • How does the expression of affect differ between institutional and everyday language use?
  • What are the particularities of expressing affect in a second/foreign language?

We invite authors to submit their abstract (max. 300 words including references) in Word or RTF format to tuuli.holttinen [at] by October 31, 2017. In the body of your message, please indicate your name and affiliation. Do not include this information in your abstract. The results of the peer-review process will be communicated by November 15, 2017.

More information:

Invited speakers:
Professor Marja-Leena Sorjonen, University of Helsinki
Dr. Albin Wagener, Université de Nantes / R2DIP / Cleverance

Organizers of the colloquium:
Eva Havu, Tuuli Holttinen, Johanna Isosävi, Simo Määttä, Ulla Tuomarla
University of Helsinki

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