Second Call for Papers

The 5th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language (FTL5) will take place at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”. It continues the tradition of regular forums for the discussion of links between figurative thought and language started at previous events in Thessaloniki-Greece (2014), Pavia-Italy (2015), Osijek-Croatia (2017) and Braga-Portugal (2018).

Cognitive linguistics has had from its very inception as its buzzwords conceptual metaphors and metonymies, image schemas and blending. These signposts gave rise to new topics and methodologies which are gradually pushing conceptual metaphors and metonymies out of the limelight opening the stage for vigorous research into how conceptual metaphors and metonymies interact and motivate grammatical structures, discourse types, communication processes, and overall structuring of human knowledge and behaviour.

Second Call for Papers

FTL5 invites contributions from various theoretical and applied perspectives (e.g. cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive semiotics, cognitive poetics, cognitive anthropology and philosophy of mind), and methodologies (e.g. corpus studies, experimental techniques, synchronic and diachronic analyses, critical discourse analysis, sociovariational analysis, cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparison, translation, etc.) on issues relating to the cognition-figurativity-language nexus.

Suggested topics

  • the impact of figuration on levels of linguistic analysis (morphology, lexis, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) and grammar;
  • the impact of figuration on discourse types: politics, economics, public sphere, narrative, medicine, education, etc.;
  • corpus-based, experimental and multivariate approaches to figuration;
  • diachronic and sociocultural approaches to figuration, language change and variation;
  • figuration from body, culture, society;
  • figuration and ideology;
  • figuration, rhetoric and manipulation;
  • figuration, creativity and blending;
  • figuration and emotion;
  • figuration and problem solving;
  • figuration and cognitive development;
  • figuration and pedagogy;
  • multimodal figuration;
  • figuration in gestures and sign languages;
  • humour, irony, sarcasm;
  • antithesis, antiphrasis, euphemism, hyperbole, hypallage, simile, and other “rhetorical tropes.”

Theme sessions proposals

Theme session organizers should submit their proposals to either in a .pdf or a .doc(x) format. Proposals should include: session title, name and affiliation of the convener(s), topic description, research questions (up to 1000 words), a list of each paper’s author(s), all abstracts for the session. The maximum number of papers per theme session is 12. Session conveners are asked to distribute a CfP indicating that they are organizing a theme session at FTL5, 2020. Once a theme session has been accepted, individual authors will need to submit their abstracts to the conference email address for reviewing.

Submission of abstracts

Presentations will last 25 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions). Each 25-minute slot will be followed by 5 minutes for room changes.

Guidelines for presentation and poster submissions

  • The working language of the conference is English.
  • Abstracts should be sent to in a .pdf or a .doc(x) format.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, should state research questions, approach, method, data and results, and should include 5 keywords.
  • Abstracts should be written in Times New Roman 12, single-spaced, with a minimal use of special fonts, figures and tables, no footnotes.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by three referee members of the Scientific Committee.
  • Abstracts should include author’s name or affiliation.
  • The subject header of your email should include: FTL5 – name(s).
  • Please include the following in the main body of your email: (1) name of author(s), (2) affiliation, (3) title of the presentation, (4) email address, (5) postal address.

Important Dates

  • 1 October 2019: Theme session proposals submission deadline
  • 15 October 2019: Deadline for submission of all abstracts
  • 30 November 2019: Notification of paper and poster acceptance
  • 5 January 2020: Early bird registration starts
  • 1 February 2020: Full fee registration starts
  • 28 February 2020: Closing registration date