Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary <p>e-ISSN: 2719-8111</p> <p><strong>ISSN:</strong> 2391-9426</p> <p><strong>DOI:</strong> 10.34739/fci</p> en-US katarzyna.kozak@uph.edu.pl (Katarzyna Kozak, PhD) piotr.switalski@uph.edu.pl (Piotr Świtalski) Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.10 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 ADDRESSING LOSS AND NOSTALGIA: TWO CUBAN DIASPORIC NOVELS OF THE NINETIES https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2766 <p>My study analyzes two texts that are essential for understanding the Cuban literary diaspora in the 1990s. By looking at the representation of the migrant experience in both Jesus Diaz's novel <em>La piel y la mascara</em> (1996) and<em> Inventario secreto de La Habana</em> (2004) by Abilio Estevez, I examine their significance for the corpus of diasporic literature that has been central to Cuban society for the past sixty years. My article addresses not only the way in which these works are contextualized as part of a diasporic literature tradition, but also how loss and nostalgia play an influential role in shaping the identity of the migrant subject.</p> Arturo Matute Castro Copyright (c) 2021 Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2766 Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 CONCEPTUALISATIONS OF ANGER IN ENGLISH IDIOMS. AN ANALYSIS BASED ON THE EXTENDED CONCEPTUAL METAPHOR THEORY https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2767 <p>The article combines the approach to idiom classification according to Langlotz (2006) and the recently suggested analytical framework for figurative language analysis known under the name of the Extended Conceptual Metaphorical Theory (Kovecses 2020). The aim of the article is to identify some of the conceptual pathways of ANGER idioms in English. The analysis of 37 idioms for expressing ANGER revealed that both metaphorical (e.g. go through/hit the root) and metonymic (e.g. make someone's hackles rise) motivations play a crucial role in the transparency of the idiomatic meaning. It was also concluded that three image schemas in particular play a crucial role in metaphorical idioms for expressing the concept of ANGER in English: ACTIVITY IS MOTIO N, INTENSITY OF ACTIVITY IS HEAT and ANGER IS HEAT. However, contrary to the HEAT element, which is particularly salient in linguistic metaphors for expressing ANGER (e.g. kindle the wrath), it is the MOTION element which plays the crucial role in the conceptualizations of ANGER in idioms in English (e.g. go through/hit the roof, flip the lid, fly off the handle).</p> Sarah Dobiášová Copyright (c) 2021 Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2767 Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 FACTORS INFLUENCING THE COMPREHENSION OF CONVERSATIONAL IMPLICATURES BY NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY INSPIRED BY BOUTON’S (1988) https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2768 <p>The main goal of the present study has been to examine implicature comprehension in native and foreign/second language speakers of English from different linguistic backgrounds. The project was inspired by an earlier work of Bouton (1988), whose objective was to measure the influence of cultural background on the ability to grasp implied meanings in English, by comparing native and non-native speakers' performance. A modified digital version of the original multiple-choice test (Bouton 1988) was used to collect the data. Gricean (1989) theory of conversational implicature served as a theoretical framework for the study. The quantitative analysis of the data collected from the speakers of 33 languages was compared against the original results and the scope of the analysis was expanded to incorporate the examination of other factors affecting implicature understanding in native and nonnative languages. The present results corroborate some of the earlier findings and suggest that language competence and cultural background are crucial factors in understanding implicated meanings.</p> Alisa-Anastasiia Kavetska Copyright (c) 2021 Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2768 Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 THE UNCANNY: DEVELOPMENT AND PERSPECTIVES ON THE FUTURE https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2769 <p>In 1919 Sigmund Freud raised the interest in the uncanny by claiming in his essay "Das Unheimliche" that something can be familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Since the emergence of the concept in the 20th century, many scholars have presented their own definition of the uncanny. The concept originates from the German unheimlich but the meaning reaches far beyond its dictionary definition. As Masschelein suggests, the word itself "is untranslatable qua form and content" (Masschelein 2011, 7) and as long as the uncanny cannot be understood literally, the ambiguity of the term can lead to a multitude of interpretations. The aim of this paper is to explore how the perception of the uncanny has been changing through the years in connection with the Freudian definition. The paper offers an overview of various interpretations of the concept starting from 1906 until today. The juxtaposition of the most significant views on the uncanny shows how the concept has gradually formed a basis for various fields of study such as literature and art. The paper presents future perspectives of the uncanny where it no longer refers only to the motif of the double or supernatural elements but it also tackles the problems of body transformations and politics.<br><br></p> Aleksandra Mrówczyńska Copyright (c) 2021 Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2769 Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 THE PORTRAIT OF A MODERN WOMAN IN THE POETRY OF WANDA MELCER https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2770 <p>The article tackles the topie of womanhood as a typical motif in Wanda Melcer' s poetry, a topie which in historical-literary studies has so far been insufficiently discussed. Through the analysis of selected poems from her two published volumes as well as from other scattered poems, the portrait of a modern woman as presented in that poetry has been sketched out. This woman is a person who takes part in civilisational, social and manner-related changes. Her relations to culture, art and literature, her vitality and being active in life, all attest to her abandonment of roles imposed by the patriarchal system. It has been shown that the "new woman" breaks taboos and is educated. Above all she is independent and selfreliant, desires success and thirsts for new experiences, as demonstrated by how she frequently changes her surroundings and appropriates new spaces. She moulds her identity in confrontation with the outside world, she is open to otherness and changeability. At the same time she maintains personal consistency. Her creative identity is related to acting upon the principle of choice, and not obligation. Due to the multitude of biographical references present, the portrait of the female heroine contained in Wanda Melcer's poetry can be seen as a self-portrait of the author herself.</p> Sławomir Sobieraj Copyright (c) 2021 Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2770 Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 “MY TONGUE SWORE BUT MY HEART DID NOT”: VINDICATING ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY AGAINST THE PROCUSTEAN BED OF SCIENTISM IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2771 <p>Often vilified, if not outright rejected, ordinary language philosophy has been sustained, from its very beginnings, due to the farne of authors such as Austin and the later Wittgenstein; but not, however, on its own merits. These, w hen recognized, are branded as either constituting a bad philosophy of language, or simply a bad philosophy altogether. Thus, same charitable interpretations have tried to domesticate its methods to make it compatible with a mare orthodox philosophy of language. Very gradually, however, this situation is changing, largely thanks to the influence that Stanley Cavell's philosophy is having on several generations of philosophers. The main thing is to convince ourselves that ordinary<br>language philosophy is not strictly speaking a philosophy of language. It is a philosophy that proceeds from the ordinary and pays attention to the importance that the ordinary has for philosophy. We will, in the course of this article, analyze the criticisms and attempts to domesticate ordinary language philosophy and will anticipate Cavell's defense of the ordinary language philosophy as practiced by Austin and Ryle in Cavell's inheritance of the farmer.</p> David Pérez Chico Copyright (c) 2021 Forum for Contemporary Issues in Language and Literature https://czasopisma.uph.edu.pl/contemporary/article/view/2771 Thu, 23 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000