Metaphors in Englishes around the world 4th International Symposium


The conference is postponed to August 2021, due to the Corona pandemic.


Met(V)iEW4 continues the impetus of a series of so far three symposia on metaphor in varieties of English around the world. The first symposium was held in Bremen (2015), followed by Potsdam (2016) and Klagenfurt (2018). In its still short history, Met(V)iEW has come to be a thriving meeting place for the community of scholars studying metaphor variation across varieties of English. The English department at the University of Koblenz-Landau has the great pleasure of hosting the 4th Met(V)iEW symposium, to be held on 10-12 September, 2020. Locating a Met(V)iEW symposium in Landau is a natural choice, given that Landau is the home of the LAUD conference, which has been instrumental to the advancement of the study of cultural and cognitive variation in general and, in particular, to the development of Cognitive Sociolinguistics (e.g. LAUD 2004, 2010) and Cultural Linguistics (LAUD 2018).

On the schedule of Met(V)iEW4 are 4 plenaries, ca. 15 individual presentations, a conference dinner and an excursion in the Palatinate region. We emphasise vivid communication among the participants.


Confirmed plenary speakers

Réka Benczes (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)

Marcus Callies (University of Bremen, Germany)

Alexander Onysko (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)

Ulrike Schröder (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)


Organising team

Neele Mundt (University of Koblenz-Landau)

Arne Peters (University of Potsdam)

Frank Polzenhagen (University of Koblenz-Landau)

Monika Reif (University of Koblenz-Landau)


Call for papers

There is a substantial tradition of research on metaphor variation across the native core varieties of English. However, it is only more recently that other Englishes spoken around the globe (as a second language or as a foreign language) have been studied and compared from this perspective. This is a vast and largely unexplored area of investigation. With its scope, research on metaphor in varieties of English is a meeting ground of several disciplines, in particular sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics and cultural anthropology. This makes it a very challenging and highly dynamic endeavour, given the wealth of methodologies and analytical tools provided from these established research paradigms.

Topics and questions that are addressed by research along these lines include but are not restricted to the following:

      • the conceptual and linguistic representation of cultural knowledge
      • the linguistic expression of cultural conceptualisations in L2-varieties of English
      • the contextualisation/nativisation of English in the respective settings
      • contact-induced influences in the speech of multilingual speakers of English
      • the conceptual motivation of borrowing from local languages
      • the conceptual motivation of variety-specific idiomatic patterns
      • the interplay of universal and culture-specific conceptual metaphors
      • metaphor identification


We invite abstracts for presentations on these topics. Junior scholars and PhD students are explicitly encouraged to propose contributions. The time slot per presentation is 40 minutes (25 minutes for the presentation plus 15 minutes for discussion).

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words, excluding references) by September 30th, 2019 to:

The conference venue is Butenschoen-Haus, located at a 10-minute walking distance from the centre of Landau (Pfalz).

The conference fee is 30.00 EUR.


Major references for the scope of Met(V)iEW include:

Callies, M. & A. Onysko (eds.). 2017. Metaphor variation in Englishes around the world. Special issue of Cognitive Linguistic Studies 4(1).

Kövecses, Z. 2005. Metaphor in Culture. Universality and Variation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kövecses, Z. 2015. Where Metaphors Come From: Reconsidering Context in Metaphor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kristiansen, G. & R. Dirven (eds.). 2008. Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Language Variation, Cultural Models, Social Systems. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter.

Piirainen, E. & A. Sherris (eds.). 2015. Language Endangerment: Disappearing Metaphors and Shifting Conceptualizations. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Pütz, M., J. Robinson & M. Reif (eds.). 2014. Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Social and Cultural Variation in Cognition and Language Use. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Sharifian, F. 2017. Cultural Linguistics. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Steen, G. et al. 2010. A Method for Linguistic Metaphor Identification: From MIP to MIPVU. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Wolf, H.-G. & F. Polzenhagen. 2009. World Englishes: A Cognitive Sociolinguistic Approach. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter.

Wolf, H.-G., F. Polzenhagen & A. Peters (eds.). 2017. Cultural Linguistic Contributions to World Englishes. Special issue of International Journal of Language and Culture 4(2).


Scientific Committee

Réka Benzces

Marcus Callies

Anna Finzel

Neele Mundt


Alexander Onysko

Arne Peters

Frank Polzenhagen

Martin Pütz

Monika Reif

Ulrike Schröder

Hans-Georg Wolf