CfP: ICLC-13

Conferences & workshops


13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference(ICLC-13)
20-25 July 2015, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
We invite a broad range of papers taking a cognitive, functional, typological, and discourse approach to the study of language and cognition in relation to body, culture, and context of use. The special theme of ICLC-13 is bringing together theory and method. We welcome papers that demonstrate, or reflect upon, the successful union of modern empirical methods with sound theory.

Potential Topics:
The range of topics at past ICLCs has typically included (but is not limited to):

Categorization, prototypes, and polysemy; Cognitive and Construction Grammars; cognitive corpus linguistics; cognitive phonology; cognitive semantics; discourse and grammar, text and discourse; domains and frame semantics; embodiment and situated cognition; empirical methods in cognitive linguistics; grammaticalization, language evolution, and change; image schemas and force dynamics; language development, impairment, attrition, and loss; linguistic relativity, culture, and ethnosyntax; metaphor and metonymy; mental spaces and conceptual blending; neural models of language; signed languages, gesture, and modality; usage-based approaches. 

General Session and Poster Session:
The language of the conference is English. General (parallel) session talks will be allocated 25 minutes, which includes questions and discussion. Posters will stay up for a day and will be allocated to dedicated, timetabled sessions.

Theme Session:
Theme sessions will be integrated into the conference schedule. We encourage theme session organisers to submit theme session titles and proposals (up to 500 words) directly to the conference organisers (by email: along with the names of authors and titles of the individual papers.
We will consider sessions of varying lengths and formats (with or without an allocated discussion slot). However, we would like to note that the conference schedule particularly suits sessions comprised of 6 slots (of 25 minutes each). The maximum length for theme sessions is 12 slots (of 25 minutes each). Theme session authors will still need to submit their abstracts for review (following the guidelines below) and should make sure to note the title of the theme session at the top of their abstracts.
The deadline for organisers to submit proposals for Theme Sessions is September 15, 2014.
Abstract Submission:
Each author may submit maximally one single-authored and one co-authored paper, regardless of whether they are intended for the general or a special theme session. Abstracts must be submitted electronically through EasyAbs via the 
Abstract Submissionstab on the ICLC-13 homepage:
The submission period is 1 August  3 November 2014.

Abstracts must not exceed 1 page of A4 (including title, data, figures and references), and should be formatted in the following way. Please use 10 point Arial (Unicode) font, single-spaced and set margins to 1 inch (2.54cm) all around. Abstracts will be subjected to blind review by a minimum of two referees from an international Scientific Committee, so author names should not appear anywhere on abstracts (you may cite yourself as [Author] or in the third person for previously published work). Please include a list of five keywords that describe the research at the top of the abstract to assist the reviewing process.
Authors must include the following information on the EasyAbs web page: (1) name(s) of author(s); (2) affiliation(s); (3) email address; and (4) preference for oral or poster presentation. Authors should upload .pdf versions of their abstracts to preserve special formatting or fonts. Abstracts must be submitted through EasyAbs starting on 1 August 2014.
Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of scope, relevance, originality, methodology, and strength of conclusions. It is possible that we will require authors submitting papers to ICLC-13 to assist in the reviewing process. Please note that submitting an abstract constitutes an agreement to reviewing a maximum of 5 other abstracts.
ICLA Membership:
ICLC is the biennial conference of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA, There is no requirement to be an ICLA member to submit an abstract. Participation in the ICLC conference will require standard ICLA membership (at a revised rate of approximately 25 to 30), which also gives ICLC participants access to several member benefits.
Important Dates:
Abstract submission becomes available on EasyAbs: 1 August 2014
Deadline for theme session proposals: 15 September 2014
Deadline for abstract submission (general and theme session): 3 November 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2015
Dates of conference: 20-25 July 2015
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