Call for Posters – PLIN 2017

1st Call for Posters PLIN Day 2017:
“Construction Grammar: new advances in theoretical and applied linguistics”

We would like to inform you that the ‘PLIN Day 2017’ will be organized on Friday 12 May 2017 in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).

The PLIN Day is an annual one-day thematic conference hosted by the Linguistics Research Unit of Université catholique de Louvain. The topics of the previous editions of the PLIN Day were “Measuring linguistic complexity” (2015) and “Language and the new (instant) media” (2016). The central topic of the PLIN Day 2017 will be “Construction Grammar: new advances in theoretical and applied linguistics”.

The aims of the conference are the following: (a) to present the most recent developments of ongoing research within the framework of Construction Grammar by covering a wide spectrum of fields, topics and research problems, and (b) to highlight the benefits of a Construction Grammar approach for both theoretical and applied linguistics.

The conference will include 5 plenary talks and 2 poster sessions. We are happy to announce that the following KEYNOTE SPEAKERS have accepted our invitation:

• Dany Amiot, Université de Lille
“La Grammaire de Construction et l’interface morphologie-syntaxe : Préposition, préfixe, préfixoïde, des objets de même nature?”
• Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
“Construction Grammar and First Language Acquisition”
• Steffen Höder, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
“A constructional approach to language in contact: Background and basic concepts of Diasystematic Construction Grammar”
• Muriel Norde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
“Diachronic Construction Grammar”
• Remi van Trijp, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris
“Computational Construction Grammar and its potential impact on linguistics and language technologies”

We invite abstracts for posters dealing with Construction Grammar in any linguistic domain. Abstracts can be written in English or French and should be max. 300 words (excluding bibliography). Please submit your abstract in pdf format to:

• Deadline for abstracts: 1 February 2017
• Notification of acceptance for a poster presentation: 28 February 2017

Information about the registration will be available soon on our conference website.

Looking forward to meeting you soon in Louvain-la-Neuve,

Sara Jonkers, Nikos Koutsoukos, Kristel Van Goethem Université catholique de Louvain (IL&C, PLIN, Valibel-Discours et variation)

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Call for Papers – AFLiCo 7

Discourse, Cognition and Constructions: Implications and Applications

Seventh International Conference of the French Association for Cognitive Linguistics (AFLiCo 7)

University of Liège, Belgium

May 31 – June 3, 2017


Myriam Bouveret (Université de Rouen & CNRS)
Barbara Dancygier (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Nicole Delbecque (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Sandra Halverson (Bergen University College, Norway)
Peter Harder (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Nick Riches (Newcastle University, UK)


This conference will be the seventh international conference of the French Association for Cognitive Linguistics (AFLiCo; The conference welcomes proposals linking discourse and cognition from various perspectives while taking into account how cognitive linguistics can be linked to broader social and cultural contexts.

The following areas are especially relevant to the theme of the conference:

– The relationship between cognitive linguistics and discourse studies
– Discourse and multimodality
– Constructionist approaches to discourse studies
– Cognitive approaches to discourse grammar
– Emergent contructions in discourse
– Discourse in L1 and L2 acquisition
– Discourse as interaction and intersubjectivity
– Language, culture and ideology: cognitive and discursive models
– Contrastive analysis of discourse as and in translation
– Interdisciplinary applications of cognitive linguistics (education, engineering, translation studies, …)

The conference will not be limited to the main foci described above. The organisers also encourage researchers to submit proposals within other areas of cognitive linguistics, such as:

– Categorization, prototypes and polysemy
– Metaphor and metonymy
– Mental spaces and conceptual blending
– Domain and frame semantics
– Image schemas and force dynamics
– Embodiment and situated cognition
– Construction grammar(s)
– Cognitive grammar(s)
– Grammaticalization
– Empirical methods in cognitive linguistics
– …

Young researchers are especially encouraged to submit an abstract.


Abstracts will undergo a double blind review. They should be fully anonymous and not exceed 500 words (excluding references). Submission is online via the conference website (

Format for abstracts

500 words max., Times, single-spaced, title centred in bold at the top of the page, total number of words stated clearly on the abstract page, anonymous;

Clear statement of the research question(s), the significance and originality for the field of the proposal, methods, analysis, discussion;

Examples, tables, figures, and references should be placed on the second page of the same document;

Word or pdf files to be uploaded on the platform.

Abstracts may be submitted in English or French. The languages of the conference are English, French, FSL (please notify organisers in advance).


Submission deadline: November 30, 2016
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2017
Workshops: May 31, 2017 (9-12 am)
Sessions: May 31, 2017 (1.30 pm) – June 3, 2017 (4.30 pm)


Local organising committee

Julien Perrez, Université de Liège
Lot Brems, Université de Liège
Christelle Maillart, Université de Liège
Laurent Rasier, Université de Liège

Expanded organising committee

Barbara De Cock, Université catholique de Louvain
Sabine De Knop, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles
Paul Sambre, KU Leuven
Lieven Vandelanotte, Université de Namur


Details about the registration procedure and registration deadlines will be posted on the conference website as soon as they become available. There will be reduced registration fees for AFLiCo members, students, and delegates registering early.

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Vacature doctor-assistent Nederlands UGent

Beste leden,

Aan de Universiteit Gent is er een vacature voor een voltijds doctor-assistent Nederlandse taalkunde. Zie het vacaturebericht voor meer informatie:

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CogLing7: Second Call for Papers

CogLing7 ( is the biennial conference of BeNeCLA (, the Belgium-Netherlands affiliate organization of ICLA, the International Cognitive Linguistics Association ( Membership of BeNeCLA is free. Registration at will keep you updated on CogLing7.

CogLing7 will take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of January 2017 at Radboud University Nijmegen. CogLing7 precedes the LOT Winterschool, hosted by CLS (, which will take place in Nijmegen as well, January 9-20.

Besides three confirmed plenary lectures (Timothy Colleman, University of Ghent, Asifa Majid, Radboud University and MPI Nijmegen, and Hans-Jörg Schmid, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich), the conference offers slots of 30 minutes for regular presentations. There will be a poster session and there is room for two theme sessions (4 or 5 papers each). The social program includes a visit to lab research facilities, a reception and a conference dinner.

We welcome presentations reporting recent research on the central question of Cognitive Linguistics: How is experience (cognition, sensations, emotions) conceptualized and expressed in different languages, in various cultural and situational contexts?

Abstracts should be in English, a maximum of 500 words, without name of author, and with indication of preference for poster or presentation. All abstracts, theme session proposals and correspondence should be sent to

Important dates:

Deadline first proposals for theme sessions: May 15

Deadline abstracts (including abstracts for theme sessions and for posters): June 15

Notification of acceptance: September 15

We trust that CogLing7 will become as inspiring as its predecessors in Utrecht (2004), Leuven (2006), Leiden (2008), Antwerp (2010), Groningen (2012), and Ghent (2014).

The organizing committee:

Geertje van Bergen

Monique Flecken

Ad Foolen

Kobie van Krieken

José Sanders

Wilbert Spooren

Ruti Vardi

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CfP: Theme session on viewpoint at CogLing-7, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dear colleagues,

This is a call for papers for a theme session on viewpoint at CogLingDays-7, to take place at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on January 5-6, 2017.

Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Viewpoint: Methods, Benefits, and Challenges

Human beings are unique creatures. They are famous for their relative high level of social cognition, reflected in the capacity to take, assess, and report on the mental and emotional states of others. This brings us to the study of viewpoint in narrative discourse, which has a long scholarly history in poetics, stylistics, and narratology. What characterizes narratives is that they represent the speech, thought, feelings, and attitudes of the characters involved, which can be covered by an umbrella term of “viewpoint”.

Recent years have witnessed a growing body of research on viewpoint in individual languages and discourse genres (e.g. Dancygier and Sweetser 2012; Dancygier, Verhagen and Lu 2016; Pascual and Sandler in press). However, comparing and contrasting viewpoint constructions in different languages and discourse genres is still an under-investigated issue. Therefore, we would be interested in seeing discussions on the following research issues:
– How do we compare the linguistic resources employed in different languages to construe viewpoint, and what is the role of cultural norms, cognitive strategies, and pragmatics?
– In cases where a given language has some grammatical feature of viewpoint not found in other ones, how would that reshape our understanding of viewpoint?
– What are the cognitive prerequisites for users of different languages to acquire the ability to process viewpoint in language-specific ways? How does this experience in turn affect (social) cognition?
– How can the question of viewpointing be treated within Construction Grammar models (especially in a contrastive way)?

In addition to the above theoretical pursuits, also of great interest to us are methodological issues:
What constitutes a useful research method for studying viewpoint cross-linguistically?
What is the advantage of a certain (experimental, corpus, etc.) research method and what is the downside of it?

Does a certain research method on viewpoint allow us to see meaningful data that others cannot?
We are happy to have Prof. Arie Verhagen (Leiden University) on board as discussant.

If interested, please send a 200-word presentation proposal to Dr. Wei-lun LU ( by 15 May 2016. Notification of selection will be sent by 31 May. We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Kind regards,
Wei-lun LU (Masaryk University, Czech Republic),
Esther PASCUAL (Zhejiang University, China),

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Conference information and registration: New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation 2 (19-20 May 2016)

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to announce that registration for the previously announced conference New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation 2 (Ghent University, 19-20 May 2016) is now open (conference description, see below).

You can find all information about the conference program, accommodation and other relevant topics on our conference website

Please register before 15 April on the following link:

The conference fee is € 120, and includes coffee, refreshments and two cold lunches.

In the meantime, should you have any urgent questions, do not hesitate to contact us on

Kind regards,

The NWASV2 local organizing team

Timothy Colleman, Ludovic De Cuypere, Gert De Sutter, Emmeline Gyselinck, Clara Vanderschueren, Annelore Willems


Conference information

The GLIMS and EQTIS research units at Ghent University will host a two-day international symposium on new advances in research on syntactic variation on 19-20 May 2016. The event is a follow-up to the first ‘New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation’ symposium that took place at the Radboud University Nijmegen in November 2012. Its overall purpose is to stimulate discussion and interaction between researchers bringing new theoretical and/or methodological expertise to the linguistic study of syntactic variation, broadly construed.

Syntactic variation is a multidimensional concept: it can refer to the existence (in a single language variety) of several syntactic patterns or constructions ”competing” for the same functional space (i.e, to grammatical alternations), or to any kind of sociolinguistic or ”lectal” variation in the formal and/or functional properties of syntactic patterns, along regional, social, diachronic, stylistic, ethnic, gender, etc. dimensions (i.e., to syntactic patterns or constructions as sociolinguistic variables), or to a combination of both.

Syntactic variation is a major area of research in different schools of linguistics – including, but not limited to, construction grammar and related usage-based approaches, generative grammar, variationist sociolinguistics (cf. the advent of socio-syntax), psycholinguistics, language acquisition research, and computational linguistics/NLP – and has accordingly been approached from quite divergent theoretical and methodological perspectives. A common trend in all of these approaches is the increasing use of advanced methods and tools for the compilation and analysis of empirical data. In addition, there is a growing consensus that linguistic argumentation demands converging evidence based on an interdisciplinary approach and a growing body of work hence combines multiple empirical approaches to tackle one and the same linguistic phenomenon (e.g. combining advanced corpus analyses with survey and psycholinguistic experimental designs).

NWASV2 offers a forum for original work on syntactic variation, in any language or (present or historical) language variety – or varieties, for that matter – and from any theoretical perspective, in which an awareness of recent theoretical insights and advances is paired with a concern for appropriate empirical validation, methodological innovation and interdisciplinarity.

Keynote Speakers:

Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University Berlin)

Hendrik De Smet (University of Leuven)

Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Stefan Grondelaers (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Robert Hartsuiker (Ghent University)

Organising Committee:

Bert Cappelle (University of Lille 3), Timothy Colleman (Ghent University, GLIMS), Ludovic De Cuypere (Ghent University, GLIMS), Gert De Sutter (Ghent University, EQTIS), Emmeline Gyselinck (Ghent University, GLIMS), Natalia Levshina (FRS-FNRS, Université Catholique de Louvain), Clara Vanderschueren (Ghent University, GLIMS), Freek Van de Velde (University of Leuven), Annelore Willems (Ghent University, EQTIS)

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BKL/LSB: Extended deadline for abstract submission: Feb. 29th

Dear LSB-member, dear colleague,

The annual Linguists’ Day of the Linguistic Society of Belgium (LSB) will be organized on Friday 13 May 2016 by the Linguistic Research Unit of the Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C), Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve).

Presentations can deal with any linguistic topic, and can be given in any of the three national languages (Dutch, French, German) or in English. A selection of papers will be published in the electronic journal Papers of the Linguistic Society of Belgium.

Abstracts should be max. 500 words excluding references and provide a clear outline of the aim of the paper including clearly articulated research question(s), some details about research approach and methods and (preliminary) results. Abstracts should be submitted by Monday 29 February 2016 via .

In agreement with the LSB Board, all abstracts will be evaluated by two members of the scientific committee. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 March 2016.

Attendance is free of charge for LSB members. The annual membership fee is 40 euros (including subscription to the Belgian Journal of Linguistics) or 20 euros (without BJL subscription). Further information on membership fees and benefits are available on the LSB website (

We are very pleased to confirm that the LSB Board will be organizing its first Best Paper Presentation Award for doctoral students at the 2016 Linguists’ Day.

For those of you who might be interested, we would also like to let you know that Thursday 12 May 2016 (the day just before the 2016 Linguists’ Day), the IL&C Linguistic Research Unit will be organizing a workshop on « Language and the new (instant) media » (

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Louvain-la-Neuve on Friday 13 May.

With best wishes,

Barbara De Cock, Magali Paquot, Kristel Van Goethem


LSB2016 website:

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