Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference (SCLC-2020)

We announce the first call for papers for the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference (SCLC-2020), the 17th conference of the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA). The conference will take place on December 4-6, 2020 at UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø in Tromsø, Norway.

The confirmed invited speaker is Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History).

We invite abstracts for 20+10 min presentations on any topic of relevance to Slavic Cognitive Linguistics. Abstracts should be based on work that has not yet been published. We especially encourage submissions from young researchers. Abstracts can be written in English or in any Slavic language. Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words, including references. Please refrain from any self-identification in the body of the abstract. Each individual may be involved in a maximum of two abstracts (maximum one as sole author). Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair. Abstract submission link is The deadline for abstract submission is May 22, 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance / rejection by June 30, 2020.


We still hope to have the conference as scheduled in December 2020. The confirmed invited speaker of the conference is Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History).

In case it will not be possible to hold SCLC-2020 in December, the event will be moved to June 2021. We have now the exact dates for this plan B: June 4-6, 2021. The confirmed invited speakers of the conference in June 2021 are Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) and Sergey Say (Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Typology).

In case of plan B, all abstracts accepted for December 2020 will be automatically accepted for June 2021.

There are two more events in June 2021 that are of interest for cognitive linguists and will take place right after SCLC (Plan B), so that it is possible to attend all three events:

  • In June 7-9 2021, there will be a course "Statistical Modeling for Linguists" by Bodo Winter (University of Birmingham, UK) (read more here; concerning registration for the course contact the local organizer Gillian Ramchand at
  • In June 10-11 2021, we will hold a Summer Seminar of the Norwegian Cognitive Linguistics Association (NORKOG Sommerseminar, confirmed invited speakers are Maarten Lemmens (Université de Lille) and Hanne M. Eckhoff (University of Oxford); the language of the conference is Norwegian).

Sincerely yours,

Organizing Committee of the SCLC-2020

For more information please visit the conference page at

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