ICLC-15: the Fifteenth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Call for Papers

The 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-15) will be held at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan from August 6 through 11, 2019. ICLC is the biennial conference of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA; *http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org/ <http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org/>*). Past conferences have been held in the USA (2001), Spain (2003), South Korea (2005), Poland (2007), China (2011), Canada (2013), the UK (2015), and Estonia (2017). More information about the conference can be found at the following page: https://iclc2019.site

We invite a broad range of papers on any topic taking a cognitive, functional, typological, or discourse approach to the study of language and cognition. Typical topics treated in the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • cognitive grammar - construction grammar
  • metaphor and metonymy - frame semantics
  • prototype and categorization - cognitive phonology
  • discourse analysis - pragmatics and cognition
  • corpus linguistics - language processing
  • neurolinguistics - language change and grammaticalization
  • cognitive typology - motion and space
  • first language acquisition - applied linguistics and pedagogy
  • language evolution - translation and cognition
  • multimodality - sign language
  • writing systems - cognitive sociolinguistics
  • cognitive semiotics

The conference has the special theme "Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Cognitive Linguistics", and so papers relevant to this topic are especially encouraged.

Plenary speakers at the conference include the following:

  • William Croft University of New Mexico
  • Nick Enfield University of Sydney
  • Martin Hilpert Université de Neuchâtel
  • Sotaro Kita University of Warwick
  • Jeannette Littlemore University of Birmingham

The language of the conference is English.

There is no requirement to be an ICLA member for conference participation, but members will get a substantial reduction in the conference fees as well as enjoy other benefits (more information and member signup via the ICLA website <http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org/en/membership> (http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org/en/membership)).

The ICLA has set up a fund for student scholarships; students who have their abstract for a poster or presentation accepted can apply for a scholarship. More details can be found here <http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org/en/studentscho...> (http://www.cognitivelinguistics.org/en/studentscho...).

There are three different types of sessions, and submission processes are different.

*Theme Session:*

There are two stages for submissions for a theme session. First, theme session organizers should submit their theme session proposals directly to the conference organizers at the following address by September 15, 2018.


Theme session proposals should include: the session title, the name and affiliation of the theme session organizer, an introduction of up to 400 words explaining the theme, a list of the authors and titles of the individual papers, and all abstracts of the papers in the proposed theme session (100 words each) in a suitable order.

The conference schedule particularly suits sessions comprised of 6, 7 or 11 slots (25 minutes each), including time for an introduction and a general discussion. Indicate in the proposal whether you would like to have a 25-minute time slot for an introduction and/or a general discussion. Papers in each theme session should be thematically linked. We strongly encourage diversity at the level of the affiliations involved in the theme session—one third of the papers should be contributed by authors outside the affiliation of the theme session organizer. Theme session organizers are encouraged to launch a broad call for submissions. The acceptance of theme session proposals will be made in mid-October. Once a theme session has been accepted as a whole, individual theme session authors will need to submit their abstracts for review (following the same guidelines of submission for general and poster sessions below).

Papers need to be individually accepted in order to form a theme session.

*General Session and Poster Session:*

Abstracts for general (oral) sessions and poster sessions are to be submitted through an abstract submission page, following the guidelines below. On the submission page you are asked to state whether the paper should be considered for oral session only, poster session only, or both.

Each presentation in a general session will be 25 minutes long (including questions and discussion). Papers in general sessions will be thematically arranged.

New for this ICLC is that we plan to have more posters than at previous conferences. Efforts will be made to render the poster session into a pleasant and inspiring locus of exchange. Posters will be allocated to dedicated, timetabled sessions, and will be thematically organized in terms of time and space of display. We therefore encourage poster submissions. The poster to be displayed must be of A0 size (or smaller), and must be vertical.

*Abstract Submission:*

Each author may submit maximally one single-authored and one co-authored paper, regardless of whether they are intended for the general, poster, or theme session. All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the abstract submission page, using a link appearing at:


The submission page will be active during the submission period, which is August 1 – November 5, 2018.

Abstracts must not exceed 1 page in A4 or letter-size paper, with 2.54 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides and 12-point Times New Roman font (complex data, figures, and references can be included on an additional page). They must be in a pdf file, and the file size should not exceed 5 MB. 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).

The title must be at the top of the abstract. Please include a list of five keywords that describe the research right below the title to assist in the reviewing process. *The first keyword is preferably selected from among the topics listed in the second paragraph of this call for papers.* Theme session authors should also make sure to note the title of the theme session at the top of their abstracts.

Authors must include the following information on the webpage: (1) name(s) of author(s); (2) affiliation(s); (3) email address(es); and (4) preference for general or poster presentation.

*Important Dates:*

  • Deadline for theme session proposals: September 15, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance of theme session proposals: Oct 15, 2018
  • Deadline for abstract submission: November 5, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2019
  • Dates of conference: August 6-11, 2019

Please direct all enquiries to iclc2019@2jcla.jp.

ICLC 15 Organizing Committee

Yo Matsumoto (Chair; NINJAL), Kaoru Horie (Nagoya University), Hiroyuki Miyashita (Kwansei Gakuin University), Kazuko Shinohara (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology), Kazumi Taniguchi (Kyoto University); see the conference website for a complete list of members.

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