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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.

Call for Papers: AELCO 2016

The 10th International Conference of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association: Discourse, Culture and Contexts takes places from 26.-28. October 2016 at the University of Alcalá.

The Plenary speakers are:

  • Enrique Bernárdez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • Mercedes Belinchón, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
  • Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Dirk Geeraerts, University of Leuven (Belgium)

The Deadline for submissions is March 30th 2016.

The call for papers can be found here.