Coseriu: contemporary perspectives

The Second International Congress "Eugenio Coseriu"
[CoseClus, 23-25 September 2009]

The Second International Congress "Eugenio Coseriu" is intended to continue what our colleagues from Aix en Provence started two years ago, when they organised THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS COSERIU: RÉCEPTIONS CONTEMPORAINES (COSAIX 2007). The meeting in Aix demonstrated the current interest in Coserian theory, its descriptive analytical pertinence, its interpretive relevance, as well as the solidity of its theoretical and philosophical foundations. The congress in Aix also revealed the growing appeal of this conception for linguists from many countries, and its successful interdisciplinary reach.

With such encouragement, the members of THE CENTRE FOR INTEGRALIST STUDIES – in existence for 15 years in Cluj-Napoca and having often been honoured by the presence of Professor Coseriu himself – decided to organize, in September 2009, THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS dedicated to the Romanian linguist's work. The people involved in the activity of this centre see the promotion of these studies as crucial to the present day debates around the ‘scientific’ status of our discipline, and toward a better understanding of its central place within the overall study of human culture. As far as we can judge, this doctrine offers, presently, the most comprehensive foundation, and the most generous potential on the international linguistic scene. This is why we hope that the meeting that will take place in September will not focus so much on autonomous exegesis, but will promote, instead, an effort towards situating and evaluating the original aspects of Coseriu’s thought in the field of linguistics and its virtual re

levance for the adjacent disciplines. We anticipate having a fruitful exchange of ideas along the main lines of the ‘integral’ approach, which also delineate the major sections of our Congress:

1.PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE AND THE SCIENTIFIC STATUS OF LINGUISTICS. One has to confront the basic dimension of the philosophical and epistemological grounding of Coserian linguistics, in corelation with the history of linguistic thought and the founding of modern linguistics. This field also raises the entire area of problems related to the serious challenge the new conception might issue to philosophy in general and, particularly, to contemporary theory of science.

2. LINGUISTICS OF SPEAKING AND INTRADISCIPLINARY RELATIONS. The first sub-domain of Integral Linguistics is in need of much investigation concerning the complex operations of elocutional competence and the semantic conditioning of the act of designation. There are also the questions related to the contribution of this act to the superior level of language content, i.e. sense, and consequently the need to define the ‘auxiliary’ status of this new subdomain of our discipline.

3. LINGUISTICS OF LANGUAGES. Idiomatic linguistics provides, in Integral approach, a unitary conceptual framework for both synchronic and diachronic studies of languages. The main investigational problems, in this context, are related to a coherent effort to overcome the opposition between the systematic description, promoted by the Structural approach, and the need for functional and “ historical” explanation , as conceived by Coseriu.

4. DISCOURSIVE-TEXTUAL LINGUISTICS AND TRANSDISCIPLINARY STUDIES. This section will consider different endeavours of developing / applying the main aspects of the Coserian view on text. It will also be concerned with exploring the main avenues of sense articulation in different types of texts (poetic, religious, scientific-philosophical, political, etc.).