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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.

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.