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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

Requirements for Participation

Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation will hold three sessions at the annual meeting in 2023: two open sessions and a joint session. For the two open sessions: we invite papers that use one or more cognitive-linguistic methods to study a biblical text or corpus. We are especially interested in cognitive approaches that are underrepresented in biblical studies – for example: construction grammar, viewpoint analysis, applications of embodied cognition, prototype theory, force dynamics, conceptual blending, frame semantics, and conceptual metonymy. We welcome papers that use conceptual metaphor theory to explore a biblical text or corpus but will give priority to approaches that are under-utilized by biblical scholars. Strong papers go beyond thematic and methodological reflection and include exegetical and linguistic results. The joint session will be co-hosted with Performance Criticism of the Bible and Other Ancient Texts and Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures and will consist of three invited papers, one from each subfield represented by the host units. We will also hold a pre-conference workshop the Friday before the conference begins. Please send us an email if you would like to receive information about the workshop (

Program Unit Chairs

Elizabeth Currier
Johan de Joode

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