Given the way Europe is becoming more and more integrated, cultural linguistics is certainly a very relevant approach. When it comes both to exploring individual national languages and the linguistic worldviews that form within them and also when looking for unity in diversity, e. g. searching for common European values, culturally based linguistics should prove an enlightening approach. The wealth and variety of European languages and their worldviews will be explored not only within the scope of verbal-acoustic languages but also within the scope of visual-motor languages, esp. the Czech Sign Language.
Leading researchers in Cultural Linguistics from six European universities (Rouen, Grenoble, Lublin, Berlin, Bratislava, Prague) will contribute to the Cultural Linguistics for Today’s Europe: Man, Languages, Values conference as well as students and academic staff of the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference presentations will investigate various aspects of linguistic worldviews in particular languages as well as the research methods that are likely to be used for European scholars studying what language means for Europe.
Video footage including interpretation into Czech Sign Language:
|James W. Underhill||Individuals or Peoples for Europe?|
|Jürgen Trabant||Vanishing World Views|
|Mariarosaria Gianninoto||Translating European concepts into Chinese. Dà gōngmín or xiǎo shìmí. Some considerations on the terms for citizen in Mandarin Chinese|
|Ludmila Volná||Josef Čapek’s World: Translating Dogs and Cats within Europe|
|Irena Vaňková, Alena Macurová, Naďa Hynková Dingová||Man in language: spaces, stories, states of mind – experience (Spoken and sign languages)|
|Jerzy Bartmiński||The cognitive definition as a method of concept explication|
|Stanisława Niebrzegowska-Bartmińska||On the profiling of concepts: issues debatable and nondebatable|
The conference is organized both by the Université de Rouen (ERIAC – Interdisciplinary Research Team on Cultural Areas) and the Charles University (UJKN – Institute of Deaf Studies).
The Summer school was divided into two main parts: Summer School Lecture and Summer School Open. The Summer School Lecture was held 25th–27th August 2014 on the premises of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. It lasted three days and was attended by 50 delegates from various countries from all around the world and specialists coming from USA, Australia and Europe, all of whom are active in the field of sign language linguistics: Carol Padden, Tom Humphries, Trevor Johnston, Adam Schembri, Christian Rathmann, Ulrike Zeshan, Irena Vaňková and Klára Richterová.
Following up right after the end of the Summer School Lecture was the Summer School Open (28th–29th August 2014), which in fact was an open congress for the general public lasting two days. During its course the results of various foreign research projects conducted by both specialists and students who were present at Summer School Lecture were presented, together with the summary of where the linguistics of sign languages might be headed.
The main topics of Summer School 2014: CISL were: cognitive linguistics, corpora of sign languages, historical relatedness of sign languages, Deaf culture.
The official languages of the conference were International Sign, Czech Sign Language, English and Czech.
Video footages from all lectures are included in the E- Proceedings web page. You will find presentations, abstracts and speaker profiles on there as well.