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.

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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)


General Assembly 2014

The GCLA held its general assembly for the years 2013/2014 yesterday; the minutes of the meeting will be published for our members (in German) shortly. Here are the most important results:

  1. Doris Schönefeld of the University of Leipzig is the new President of the GCLA.
  2. The next conference will be organized by Wolfgang Imo at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Essen campus), in 2016.
  3. Board members Constanze Juchem-Grundmann, Juliana Goschler and Anatol Stefanowitsch left the board since they were not eligible for re-election after having served two consecutive terms.
  4. Beate Hampe and Peter Uhrig were newly elected to the board, the other board members were confirmed in office for another term
  5. Anatol Stefanowitsch rejoined the board as advisory member ex officio in his function as editor in chief of the association’s yearbook.
  6. The yearbook and the regulations concerning its editorship and the advisory board were added to the GCLA’s statutes. The board is inviting suggestions for potential members of the advisory board.

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.