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Full Title: Language, Literature, Space

Short Title: LLS
Location: Niš, Serbia
Start Date: 28-Apr-2017 - 29-Apr-2017
Contact: Nikola Tatar
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The phenomenon of space is one of the most significant modes in the totality of human experience. Historically, investigation into this concept started in ancient Babylon and Greece, and reached Europe through Euclid’s geometry, irretrievably grasping attention of such eminent philosophers as Aristotle, Descartes or Kant. Space and spatiality are the fundamental categories of human existence, individually, from the first sensory information grasped by the mind of a newborn, to the comprehensive understanding of the world and the course of human life by the mind of an adult. The relationship between language and space has been the source of fascination of numerous researchers in the fields of linguistics, psychology, anthropology and neuroscience, and the questions to which they strive to answer range from those regarding the manner in which space is encoded in language, the nature of spatial representations in the human mind, the processes via which one learns to speak of space, to the dilemmas concerning the extent to which this process is universal or determined by culture. From the spatial adverbs in grammar to the models of metaphors based on spatial relations in semantics, there does not seem to exist any linguistic tradition that does not deal with this phenomenon.

Literary studies are also often related to the concept of space – from the mythical space of human imagination, the specific cultural space whose values are in constant interaction with literature, to the modern concepts such as liminal, limited or transgressive space, the imaginary space of utopias and dystopias, futuristic spaces, the relation between place and space, space as a territory in the context of nations/nationalism, globalization and colonization, ecological space, gender space, urban space or oneiric and narrative space in the very literary work; all to the negation of the very space and the concept of void. These spaces are conquered, desired, dreamed of, forbidden, subordinated, used, created, saved, destroyed, observed and described.

Language, Literature, Space will be dealing with the problem of understanding space from the point of view of literary theory and linguistics, through varied approaches which examine the formal, structural, conceptual, narrative and genre-typical means of understanding and expressing space and the different spatial relations, in the broadest sense.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.2915

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