ICLC-13 Second Call for Papers

August 4, 2014

13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC13)

http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/iclc13

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: ICLC13@northumbria.ac.uk) 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:

http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/iclc13

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, http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org). 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

Please direct all enquiries to ICLC13@northumbria.ac.uk


ICLC-13: First call for papers

June 5, 2014

13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13)

http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/iclc13

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: ICLC13@northumbria.ac.uk) 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 Submissions” tab on the ICLC-13 homepage: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/iclc13.

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, http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org). 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

Please direct all enquiries to ICLC13@northumbria.ac.uk.


CogLingDays 6, Ghent

April 8, 2014

After successful meetings in Utrecht, Leuven, Leiden, Antwerp, and Groningen, the sixth edition of the biennial conference of the Belgium Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association (BeNeCLA, http://benecla.com) will take place at Ghent University on 11–12 December 2014. The conference provides a forum to scholars based in the Low Countries or abroad to present and discuss their research in the various strands of cognitive linguistics or other cognitively inspired usage-based approaches to language, including construction grammar.


 
Conference website: http://www.contragram-network.ugent.be/node/10

 
Plenary speakers:

Ewa Dąbrowska (Northumbria University)
Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven)
Muriel Norde (Humboldt University Berlin)
Gerard Steen (VU University Amsterdam)

 
Organising committee:

Frank Brisard (University of Antwerp)
Timothy Colleman (Ghent University)
Renata Enghels (Ghent University)
Tim Geleyn (Ghent University)
Peter Lauwers (Ghent University)
Miriam Taverniers (Ghent University)

 
Scientific committee:

Jóhanna Barđdal (Ghent), Ronny Boogaart (Leiden), Frank Brisard (Antwerp), Bert Cappelle (Lille), Timothy Colleman (Ghent), Bert Cornillie (Leuven), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Barbara De Cock (Louvain), Gert De Sutter (Ghent), Renata Enghels (Ghent), Kurt Feyaerts (Leuven), Ad Foolen (Nijmegen), Liesbet Heyvaert (Leuven), Francisco Gonzálvez-García (Almeria), Peter Lauwers (Ghent), Dominique Legallois (Caen), Maarten Lemmens (Lille), Tanja Mortelmans (Antwerp), Esther Pascual (Groningen), Paul Sambre (Leuven), Miriam Taverniers (Ghent), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Dominique Willems (Ghent)

 
We invite abstracts for regular 20-minute conference presentations, which will be reviewed anonymously. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, including references and data, and should mention main research question(s), methodology, dataset and (expected) results. The conference languages are English, Dutch, and French.

 
Please send your abstract as a pdf attachment to cogling6@UGent.be. Please do not reveal the identity of the author(s) in the abstract; this implies not making explicit references to one’s own work in the first person. Include author names and affiliations in the body of your e-mail.

 
Deadline for submission: 15 May 2014
Notification of acceptance: 10 June 2014


“The Political Impact of Metaphors”, University of Liège, 15-16 May 2014

April 7, 2014
International interdisciplinary conference on “The Political Impact of Metaphors”, University of Liège (ULg), 15-16 May 2014.
Arranged by the Departments of Modern Languages of the University of Liege (ULg) and of Political Science form the University of Louvain (UCL).

Scope and issues
*********************

In the wake of Lakoff and Johnson’s seminal work, much attention has been devoted to the study of metaphors not as rhetoric figures but as conceptual tools to express a complex reality in more familiar terms. While conceptual metaphors occur in every area of life, the political domain remains one prominent area where to find metaphors.

Though a large body of research has been devoted to the study of (conceptual) metaphors in the political domain, it is striking to notice that the question of the political impact of metaphors has hardly been addressed. While metaphors are described as devices structuring our perception of political realities and representations, and as devices frequently used by political elite to frame particular debates, their actual political impact has mostly been taken for granted. We therefore suggest that the next turn in the study of political metaphors is to grasp their political impact. This issue raises several questions: they tap on the “production” side and on the “reception” side of the metaphor chain, as well as on the intermediary process itself both at the individual level and at the collective level:

- Who, why and how do we use metaphors in political discourse?

- What’s the short-term, mid-term and long-term political impact of metaphor use?

- How do metaphors circulate from one discourse type to another?

- Do they travel across issues, languages and countries?

- What does political impact more precisely mean?

- What are the political consequences of metaphors in terms of attitudes and behaviours?

- Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, the aim of this conference is to offer not only conceptual insights but also real world oriented research to explain how discourses, through metaphors, actively shape the political reality.
The conference will include talks by Gerard Steen, Ray Gibbs, Tina Krenmayr, Didier Caluwaerts, Emilie L’Hôte, Camille Debras, Brigitte Nerlich, Dimitrios Karmis and Christ’l De Landstheer.

 

Practical information
*************************

Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/metaimpactulg/ for further information about the conference, including full programme and registration.


ICLC-13 (20-25 July 2015, Northumbria University)

March 12, 2014

13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13)

http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/iclc13

We are pleased to announce the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13), which is being held 20-25 July 2015 in Northumbria University, Newcastle, England. ICLC is the biennial conference of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA, http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org).

 

Confirmed plenary speakers are:

- Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)

- Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

- Mirjam Fried (Charles University in Prague)

- Hans-Jörg Schmid (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

- Ronald Langacker (University of California, San Diego)

- Gabriella Vigliocco (University College London)

The special theme of this edition of the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference is “bringing together theory and method”. This reflects one of the main outcomes of ICLC-12, Alberta: that the future of cognitive linguistics lies in the successful union of a robust empirical approach with sound theory.

Information about the conference can be found at http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/iclc13, which will be updated as more details become available.

Amanda Patten (on behalf of the Organising Committee and the ICLA)

ICLC13@northumbria.ac.uk

 

Conference Organisers:

Dr Amanda Patten (chair)

Prof Ewa Dąbrowska

Dr Mimi Huang

Dr James Street

Sarah Duffy

Rachel Ramsey


Vacancy (Utrecht University): Postdoctoral position in discourse processing

January 14, 2014

Job description

The goal of the postdoc-project is to investigate the interaction between two crucial mechanisms in discourse processing: coherence relations realized by discourse connectives (causal, contrastive, additive) and pronoun resolution. The focus will be placed on both theory and experimental validation. The postdoc will design eye-tracking and text comprehension experiments in order to investigate the quality of machine translated texts. He/she will collaborate closely with a Ph.D. student working on the annotation of such phenomena in corpora of natural language discourse.

The project will be part of the MODERN SNSF project on the modeling of inter-sentential dependencies (connectives and referential expressions) to improve the output of machine translation systems. It will be hosted by a research group at UiL OTS (Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University) that focuses on machine translation of discourse phenomena. Researchers involved include Ted Sanders, Arnout Koornneef and Sandrine Zufferey.

Requirements

Applicants will have received a PhD in linguistics or psycholinguistics. Candidates must have experience with eye-tracking. Excellent demonstrable command of English as well as either French, German or Dutch is required. Previous experience in natural language processing and translation is a plus.

Conditions of employment

The position is offered for an initial period of 1 year, 0.9 FTE, to be extended by another 1 year (0.9 FTE) upon positive evaluation. Depending on your knowledge and experience, your monthly gross salary will start at between  € 3,037.- and €3,259 . We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The appointment will start as soon as the necessary work permits and documents are obtained, with a target starting date of March 1st, 2014.

How to apply

Applications should include

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details
  • the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses); preferably: two reference letters are sent digitally to dr Schoorlemmer
  • a PhD thesis
  • one selected publication

Apply through the Utrecht University vacancy site

(search “academic” + ” Humanities”, open the relevant ad, scroll to the bottom, and click on the application link)

The deadline for application is 22-1-2014.

The interviews are scheduled during the first week of February, 2014.

Additional information

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Ted Sanders (T.J.M.Sanders@uu.nl), Dr. Sandrine Zufferey (S.I.Zufferey@uu.nl) or Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer (m.schoorlemmer@uu.nl)


Vacancy (Utrecht University): PhD studentship in discourse annotation from a multilingual perspective

January 14, 2014

Project description

The goal of the PhD-project is to further develop a method for the annotation of coherence relations in discourse, to apply this method to a corpus of Dutch texts, and subsequently to texts in other languages in order to build contrastive analyses. The focus will be placed on the way coherence relations are realized across languages as well as on the interface between relational and referential coherence (pronoun resolution).

The project will be part of the MODERN SNSF project on the modeling of inter-sentential dependencies (connectives and referential expressions) to improve the output of machine translation systems. It will be hosted by a research group at UiL OTS (Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University) that focuses on machine translation of discourse phenomena. Researchers involved include Ted Sanders, Arnout Koornneef and Sandrine Zufferey.

Qualifications

Applicants are holders of an MA or equivalent degree in linguistics with a specialisation in pragmatics or discourse, language use, language and communication or the like. Given the requirement to annotate discourse relations in Dutch for the project, we are looking for native speakers of Dutch.  Excellent demonstrable command of English as well as either French or German is also required. Previous experience in natural language processing and translation is a plus.

Work conditions

The position is offered for an initial period of 18 months, 1 FTE, to be extended by another 18 months upon positive evaluation. Your monthly gross salary will start at  € 2.083.- . We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.The appointment will start as soon as the necessary work permits and documents are obtained, with a target starting date of April 1st, 2014.

How to apply

Applications (via a dedicated university webpage) should include

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details
  • the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses); preferably: two reference letters are sent digitally to dr Schoorlemmer
  • an MA thesis

Apply through the Utrecht University vacancy site

(search “academic” + ” Humanities”, open the relevant ad, scroll to the bottom, and click on the application link)

The deadline for application is 26 -1-2014.

The interviews are scheduled to take place during the last week of February, 2014.

Contact information

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Ted Sanders (T.J.M.Sanders@uu.nl), Dr. Sandrine Zufferey (S.I.Zufferey@uu.nl) or Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer (m.schoorlemmer@uu.nl)


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