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Conference 2024

The 10th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Asscociation will take place on 4–6 September 2024 in Osnabrück. The Call for Papers can be found on the conference website. The deadline for abstracts is 15 January 2024.

During the conference, the next DGKL/GCLA general assembly will be held.

CfP: 16th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC16)

First Call for Papers: 16th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

ICLC 16: Modeling Language and Cognition

August 7-11, 2023
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Theme Session Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15, 2022

About the conference

The 16th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference Conference (ICLC16) will take place at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf from August 7 through 11, 2023. ICLC is the biennial meeting of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA), which connects scholars from various linguistic disciplines and theoretical approaches who share a cognitive-functional view of language, according to which language is seen as an integral part of cognition. In recent years, Cognitive Linguistics has become more and more interdisciplinary, combining insights from typology, psycho- and neurolinguistics, language history, and many other areas.

We invite a broad range of papers on any topic taking a cognitive, functional, typological, or discourse approach to the study of language and cognition. Typical topics treated in the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • cognitive grammar 
  • construction grammar
  • constructicography
  • metaphor and metonymy
  • frame semantics
  • prototypes and categorization
  • cognitive phonology
  • discourse analysis
  • pragmatics and cognition
  • corpus linguistics
  • language processing
  • neurolinguistics
  • language change and grammaticalization
  • cognitive typology
  • motion and space
  • first language acquisition
  • applied linguistics and pedagogy
  • language evolution
  • translation and cognition
  • multimodality
  • sign language research
  • writing systems
  • cognitive sociolinguistics
  • cognitive semiotics

The main topic of ICLC16 is “Modeling language and cognition”. We particularly encourage papers discussing theoretical advances in modeling linguistic knowledge from a usage-based perspective, or empirical methods that help us get a better grasp of the “grammar network” using authentic data and/or computational modeling, including constructicography and data-based developments of linguistic resources of various kinds. As usual, however, we strive at representing the full breadth of cognitive-linguistic research. In our first in-person meeting since 2019, we therefore look very much forward to vivid discussions about papers from all domains of Cognitive Linguistics.

The organization of ICLC16 is guided by the principles summarized in the ICLA Statement of Diversity and Inclusion.

All information on the conference can be found on the ICLC16 website.

The language of the conference is English.

Our confirmed plenary speakers are:

  •  Heike Behrens, University of Basel
  •  Alice Gaby, Monash University
  •  Thomas Hoffmann, University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  •  Terry Janzen, University of Manitoba
  •  Kyoko Ohara, Keio University
  •  Jordan Zlatev, Lund University

For conference participation there is no requirement to be an ICLA member, but members will get a substantial reduction in the conference fees as well as enjoy other benefits (more information and member signup via the ICLA website).

The ICLA has set up a fund for student scholarships; students who have their abstracts for a poster or presentation accepted can apply for a scholarship. More details can be found here

Call for papers

Theme Sessions:

There are two stages for submissions for a theme session. First, theme session organizers should submit their theme session proposals directly to the conference organizers at the following address by October 15, 2022.

Theme session proposals should include: the session title, the name and affiliation of the theme session organizer, an introduction of up to 400 words (excluding examples and references) explaining the theme, as well as a list of the authors and titles of the individual papers, and all abstracts of the papers in the proposed theme session (100 words each) in a suitable order. 

We strongly encourage diversity at the level of the affiliations involved in the theme session – at least one third of the papers should be contributed by authors outside the affiliation of the theme session organizer/s. We also encourage theme session organizers to take other diversity aspects into account, e.g. by aiming at a good gender balance. The acceptance of theme session proposals will be announced by November 15, 2022.

Once a theme session has been accepted as a whole, individual theme session authors will need to submit their abstracts for review, following the same guidelines of submission for general and poster sessions below. Papers need to be individually accepted in order to form a theme session. 

General Session and Poster Session:

Abstracts for general (oral) sessions and poster sessions are to be submitted through our abstract submission page, following the guidelines below. On the submission page you are asked to state whether the paper should be considered for oral session only, poster session only, or both. The deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2022.

Each presentation slot in the general session will be 25 minutes long, including questions and discussions (20 minutes of presentation + 5 minutes for questions and discussion).

Posters will be allocated to dedicated, timetabled sessions, and will be thematically organized in terms of time and space of display. 

Submission guidelines

The abstract submission page can be found here.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excluding examples and references). Author names should not appear anywhere in the text (you may cite yourself as [Author] or in the third person for previously published work). Please copy & paste the abstract text into the Easychair window. A PDF file is optional at this stage. If you want to include figures or graphics, feel free to upload the abstract as a PDF and write “see pdf” in the abstract window. Theme session authors should make sure to note the title of the theme session at the top of their abstracts. References should be formatted according to the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics Journals.

Each author may submit a maximum of one single-authored paper and one first-authored paper (or two first-authored papers), regardless of whether they are intended for the general, poster, or theme session.

Local organizing committee

New board

In the general assembly on March 1, 2022, we have elected a new board. The organizers of DGKL8, Constanze Juchem-Grundmann and Susanne Niemeier, have left the board. We are very grateful to them for their longstanding service for the cognitive-linguistic community and the DGKL/GCLA. All other board members have been re-elected; Peter Uhrig, who had belonged to the board from 2014 to 2018, has joined the board again. Alexander Willich has joined the board as the new general secretary of the association. Here’s the full board:

  • Thomas Herbst, Erlangen (President)
  • Susanne Flach, Zurich
  • Juliana Goschler, Oldenburg
  • Beate Hampe, Erfurt
  • Stefan Hartmann, Düsseldorf
  • Doris Schönefeld, Leipzig
  • Peter Uhrig, Erlangen
  • Arne Zeschel, Mannheim
  • Alexander Willich, Düsseldorf (Secretary General)
  • Anatol Stefanowitsch, Berlin (Yearbook editor)

The general assembly took place after the first day of the 9th International Conference of the DGKL/GCLA. We are very grateful to Beate Hampe, Anja Binanzer, and their team for making this virtual conference a highly enjoyable event.

Conference & general assembly

From March 1 to March 4, this year’s international conference of the DGKL/GCLA will take place online. Registration is possible until March 1 (see the conference website).

On March 1 at 7.15pm, the general assembly of the DGKL/GCLA will take place. All members should have received the access data via email. If you haven’t, feel free to get in touch with the general secretary, Stefan Hartmann (hartmast [at] hhu [dot] de).

CfP (Yearbook): Critical Cognitive Linguistics

The Work Group “Language and the Public” is issuing a call for papers for the next Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, which will appear at the end of this year and will have the title Critical Cognitive Linguistics.

We invite contributions that deal with the role of language in the negotiation of social processes and their perception by individuals from a critical and cognitive-linguistic perspective.

As a discipline anchored both in the study of linguistic usage and in the study of mental processes, cognitive linguistics offers suitable models for describing the function of language as a connection between society and individual, investigating specific phenomena and events within public discourse, identifying potentially negative consequences of particular usage patterns, framings, construals etc., and possibly offering alternatives

Contributions may focus on any of these aspects, we welcome both theoretical and empirical papers with a length between 3000 and 5000 words.

Potential contributors are asked to submit a short expression of interest, including a working title or short description of their proposed paper, by mail to <>.

The deadline for the contributions themselves is May 15th, 2020. Contributions should be in English. They should be submitted in the formats .odt, .rtf or .docx and include as little formatting of headings etc. as possible. References should be formatted according to the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics.

René Dirven (1932-2016)

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of René Dirven’s passing.

Dirven (1932-2016), who was emeritus professor of English linguistics at the Uni-
versity of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, was one of the most influential figures in Cognitive Linguistics in Europe. His role in the popularization of the Cognitive-Linguistic Approach can hardly be overestimated and he will be missed dearly.

An obituary can be found on Linguist List.