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CfP for DGKL-8

The 8th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (GCLA 8) will take place at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Germany, from September 26th to September 28th, 2018.
The focus of the conference is “Applied Cognitive Linguistics”.

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Save the date: DGKL-8

The Eighth International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association will be held at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, from September 26th to September 28th 2018. More information following soon.

Call for Participation: “Annotating constructions”

Workshop: Annotating grammatical constructions: issues, options, tutorials

When? June 26, 2017, 10 a.m ? 5

Where? Haus der Universität (“Wichelmann-Raum”), Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Invited guest: Michael Ellsworth (International Computer Science Institute, FrameNet, Berkeley)

Topics & aims:

Constructions are said to be pairings of form and meaning that can be both schematic (e.g. the ditransitive construction) or abstract (e.g. the predicate-subject construction). How can we determine the meaning(s) of constructions based on semantic annotations? The grammaticographic workshop brings together linguists who are facing the challenge of annotating grammatical constructions beyond frequency-related issues in quantitative corpus linguistics.

Methodologically, the workshop is based on preliminary work within the so-called FrameNet constructicon (e.g., Fillmore et al. 2012, for an overview: Ziem 2014). Important issues include, but are not limited to,

-Defining construction-related terminology

-Identifying construction elements, construction evoking elements, and triggers of constructions

-The “lumping-and-splitting” problem in grammaticography

-Modeling form and meaning of constructions and networks of constructions

-Determining the “depth” of the annotation

-Coping with discontinuous constructions.

Michael Ellsworth (ICSI, Berkeley) will join us as expert on the field of annotating both semantic frames and grammatical constructions. Although the major focus lies on practical issues, including hands-on sessions, there will be the opportunity of discussing issues arising from analyses of specific constructions addressed by the participants.

If you are interested in participating in the one-day workshop, please send an email not later than May 20th to

Training materials as well as coffee, drinks, and snacks will be provided.

The participation fee is 60 Euro.

Mentioned literature:
Fillmore, Charles J., Russell Lee-Goldman und Russell Rhomieux (2012): The FrameNet-Constructicon. ? In: Boas, Hans, C. und Ivan Sag (eds.): Sign-based Construction Grammar. Stanford: CSLI Publications, pp. 309-372.

Ziem, Alexander (2014): Von der Kasusgrammatik zum FrameNet: Frames, Konstruktionen und die Idee eines Konstruktikons. In: Ziem, Alexander und Alexander Lasch (eds.): Grammatik als Inventar von Konstruktionen? Sprachwissen im Fokus in der Konstruktionsgrammatik. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, pp. 351-388.

Organizing Team:
Prof. Dr. Alexander Ziem
Johanna Flick
Anastasia Neumann

CfP: GCLA Yearbook 2017

The organizers of the 7th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association have issued a Call for Papers for the “Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association 2017″. The topic of the volume will be “Cognitive approaches to interaction and language attitudes”. Here’s the full CfP:

The conference organizing team of this year’s GCLA conference – Marcel Fladrich, Wolfgang Imo, Jens Lanwer and Evelyn Ziegler – invite abstracts for contributions to the 5th Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, which is planned to be published in 2017.

We ask authors to provide an abstract of about 1 page in length in which they lay out their subject matter, the data they will be looking at and the insights which they expect to demonstrate in their contribution. Contributions should not present research that has been published elsewhere.

In accordance to this year’s conference theme – Cognitive approaches to interaction and language attitudes – we welcome contributions dealing with topics on interaction and language attitudes from a cognitive perspective. Questions that may be asked are:

· How do interactional needs shape grammatical constructions?
· How can empirical analyses of interaction offer insights into cognitive processes?
· What can empirical analyses tell us about language attitudes, their interactional histories and situated negotiations?
· What conceptualizations of others’ languages, ethnicities, social status etc. do interactants lay open?
· How, when and why is stance expressed, negotiated, challenged or criticized etc. in interactions?

The deadline for the call for abstracts is December 31, 2016. Please send your abstracts to Contributors will be informed about the acceptance or rejection of their proposals by January 31, 2017. Manuscripts are expected by August, 31, 2017.

The language of the volume will be English. For further information, please visit the website of de Gruyter for the GCLA Yearbook.

Call for Papers: Seventh International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association: Cognitive Approaches to Interaction and Language Attitudes

The Seventh International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (DGKL/GCLA) will be held at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Campus Essen). The central theme is Cognitive approaches to interaction and language attitudes. The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Imo, Dr. Jens Philipp Lanwer and Prof. Dr. Evelyn Ziegler and will take place from October 5 to October 7, 2016.

Conference languages will be English and German.


We are looking forward to abstracts for papers dealing either with this year’s main topic – Cognitive Approaches to interaction and language attitudes – or with other topics in the area of cognitive usage-based linguistics. We welcome contributions dealing with different aspects of cognitive linguistics as well as contributions taking a cognitive perspective on language on the basis of methods employed in corpus linguistics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology and artificial intelligence or explorations of the links between these disciplines and cognitive linguistics.

We welcome submissions of presentations, posters or theme sessions.

Further information:

Call for Papers: Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association

Dear fellow members of the DGKL, dear participants of the Erlangen conference and previous conferences,

submissions are now open for the third issue of the Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association [1], edited by Thomas Herbst and Peter Uhrig.

The participants of the DGKL 2014 in Erlangen as well as all members of the DGKL are invited to submit papers based on their talks at the Erlangen conference or any other current research project. Papers should be between 3000 and 6000 words in length including references and appendices.

Please send your manuscripts to <>.
The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015, the manuscript should conform to the LSA’s “Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics” [2].

The Yearbook of the DGKL/GCLA aims to document, and thus facilitate, the exchange of ideas in the Cognitive Linguistics community. It does not aim to compete with journals like Cognitive Linguistics and Language and Cognition, but to complement them by offering researchers an outlet for their work at an early stage, while maintaining the same high standards of peer review that also characterize the journals.

Beyond these standards, the Yearbook of the DGKL/GCLA does not impose specific topical requirements on contributions, as it aims to document the full range of topics investigated by members of the DGKL/GCLA. This includes work not just in Cognitive Linguistics in a narrow sense, but also in closely related fields such as psycholinguistics, gesture research and Cognitive Poetics.

The yearbook also does not impose specific methodological requirements. However, past conferences indicate a clear shift away from the introspective approach towards a range of empirical methods. This is a highly desirable trend and we hope to see it represented strongly in your contributions.

You will be notified about the rejection or acceptance of your paper, as well as any changes the reviewers may suggest in the second half of May 2015, the final versions will then be due on June 22nd, 2015. Proofs will be sent out around the middle of August 2015 with about two weeks for proof reading.

We are looking forward to your contributions!
Thomas Herbst and Peter Uhrig (Volume Editors)
Anatol Stefanowitsch (Series Editor)


Panel discussion on the optionality of arguments

On the afternoon of September 29th, there will be a pre-conference panel on Optionality in Argument Structure Constructions with Adele Goldberg, Thomas Herbst and Anatol Stefanowitsch in the Kollegienhaus of the FAU Erlangen, Universitätsstraße 14, Room 0.024.

Participants of the conference and anyone else who is interested are cordially invited.

Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association

The GCLA is pleased to announce that it will publish a yearbook in cooperation with De Gruyter Mouton beginning in 2013. The yearbook will be a highly visible forum for current cognitive linguistic research by members of the association and participants in our international conferences.

Anatol Stefanowitsch and, in her role as president of the GCLA, Susanne Niemeier will serve as series editors, the individual issues will be edited by guest editors. The first issue has just been published.