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ICLC 2013 : International Cognitive Linguistics Conference


When Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 28, 2013
Where Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Submission Deadline Nov 1, 2012
Notification Due Jan 1, 2013
Final Version Due Mar 1, 2013
Categories    cognitive linguistics   linguistics

Call For Papers

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 contexts of use, as well as those focusing on the history, present state, and future of the cognitive linguistics movement. The range of topics 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 Plan for the Conference

The conference schedule is designed to strike a balance between a well-attended conference with lively participation and a coherent, well-integrated one. Therefore, we are limiting the number of parallel sessions during the general session to six, shortening the presentation slots from 30 minutes to 20 minutes, ensuring that theme sessions and the general session do not overlap, and increasing the number of poster presentations. We hope ample unstructured time will be available to encourage focused and inclusive communication among participants as we all consider Cognitive Linguistics at 25. There will be the usual excursions and conference banquet on the Wednesday afternoon and evening of the conference.

We have scheduled two “open fora” during the late afternoon of the Monday and Tuesday of the conference that will be moderated, but which are also meant to stimulate open discussion. The Monday forum will focus on the last 25 years and the contributions of (or the failed promises of) the cognitive linguistics movement, while the Tuesday forum will focus on the directions in which cognitive linguistics seems to be moving. Please contact the conference organizers if you would like to moderate or participate on one of the forum panels.

Given the silver jubilee theme, we also invite participants and other interested parties to submit captioned photographs from past conferences. During the conference, there will be an In Memoriam presentation honoring cognitive linguists we have lost since 1989. If you wish to contribute a name or personal tribute, please contact the conference organizers.

General Session and Poster Session

The language of the conference is English. Platform presentations will be allocated 20 minutes, which includes questions and discussion. Posters will stay up for a day and be allocated to dedicated, timetabled sessions over the lunch break. Light refreshments or boxed lunches will be available for purchase.

Theme Sessions

All theme sessions will take place during the weekend preceding the conference or on the Monday and Thursday nights of the conference week.

Theme Session Organizers: We encourage theme session organizers to submit theme session titles and proposals for either 6-hour sessions (Sunday) or 3-hour sessions (Monday or Thursday nights) directly to the conference organizers ( Please include a title, brief abstract of the theme session (up to 500 words), the names of at least some of the papers and the presenters, and whether a 6-hour or 3-hour session is planned. The proposal should indicate the scope and content of the theme session and the significance of the theme session for the conference. There is a possibility that an intended theme session paper might be rejected. Organizers should request that their participants mention the title of the theme session in a subtitle when they submit their abstracts. The deadline for organizers to submit proposals for Theme Sessions is September 15 2012. Decisions on Theme Sessions will be made by September 20 2012.

Theme Session Presenters: Abstracts for individual papers will still need to be submitted blind for our reviewers through Easy Abstracts (see the following section for details on length and format for all abstracts). Participants must include the title of the theme session in a subtitle when they submit their abstracts.The submission period for Theme Session abstracts is September 20 – 1 November 2012.

Abstract Submission

General (parallel) session talks will be 20 minutes in length, including discussion. Authors may submit up to two abstracts, one individual and one joint, regardless of whether they are intended for the general session or a special theme session. Abstracts must be submitted electronically through Easy Abstracts (EasyAbs). The submission period is 1 August–1 November. Access Easy Abstracts at:

Abstract length must not exceed 500 words (excluding title, data, and references). Be mindful that authors will only have 20 minutes to present their work, including questions, so please limit the scope of your presentation accordingly. 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] for previously published work).

Authors must include the following information on the EasyAbs web page: (1) name(s) of author(s); (2) affiliation(s); (3) postal address, email address, and phone number; (4) five keywords that describe the research; and (5) preference for oral or poster presentation (or either). Authors should use 11-point font and upload .pdf versions of their abstracts to preserve special formatting or fonts. Abstracts must be submitted through Easy Abstracts (EasyAbs) starting on 1 August 2012. Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of scope, relevance, originality, methodology, and strength of conclusions. Please direct all inquiries to

Important Dates

Abstract submission becomes available on EasyAbs: 1 August 2012
General and theme session abstract submission deadline: 1 November 2012
Notice of acceptance: 1 January 2013
Final accepted abstract submission for conference program: 1 March 2013
Early registration deadline: 1 April 2013
Registration deadline (on-site registration will be available at a substantial surcharge): 1 June 2013
Conference dates: 23-28 June 2013
Conference Organizers

Sally Rice and John Newman, Department of LInguistics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E7, Canada.

Contact Information


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Note: key information on this page is in the ICLC 12_Call.pdf file available for downloading at the end of this page.

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