Image Schema Day III

What are image schemas?

Image schemas are the conceptual building blocks learned from early sensorimotor processes. The theory stems from the ideas behind embodied cognition, in which cognition is thought to occur as a consequence of the body's interaction with the environment. The research has traditionally been conducted in cognitive linguistics, but also developmental psychology and design. Recently also artificial intelligence has taken a liking to the potential impact image schemas may have as a bridge between the physical world and the human mind. A psychologist may study how children develop them; a philosopher might structure them ontologically; a neuroscientist might wonder how directly they are connected to neural activation in motor cortex; a linguist may wonder what spatial language has to do with abstract concepts; and an AI specialist might work on how to integrate image schemas into a system for natural language understanding or even building an artificial baby. We ask you to tell us what you are working on within your own personal discipline! We hope to see an interdisciplinary meeting focused on the topic of conceptual primitives such as that found in image schemas. Join us!
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Accepted papers

The workshop has three full papers to be presented at the workshop, see below.

Shingo Imai
Schema Conflict: Functional Schema and Configurational Schema

Jamie MacBeth, Dagmar Gromann and Maria M. Hedblom
Image Schemas and Conceptual Dependency Primitives: A Comparison

Cliff O'Reilly and Randy Harris
Antimetabole and Image Schemata - ontological and vector space models

Due to the comparatively low number of accepted papers, the workshop will merge together with Shapes 4.0 during JOWO, to encourage a larger group of participants in the audience.

We look forward seeing you in Bolzano in a couple of weeks!

Invited speakers

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Prof. Nicola Baroni at the music conservatory 'Claudio Monteverdi', Bolzano, will participate with a keynote talk with the title:

"Hyperinstruments as a Gestural Approach to Composition"

as well as perform a Cello concert.
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Prof. Todd Oakley will attend the workshop as a keynote speaker. He is an associate professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University. His primary research interests lie in cognitive linguistics, in particular in semiotics, discourse analysis and rhetorics. In terms of image schema research, he is particularly known for his chapter on image schemas in The Handbook for Cognitive Linguistics (Oxford University Press, 2008).

"Force dynamics and the windowing of attention".