The 8th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (GCLA 8) CFP

GCLA 8 will take place at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Germany from September 26 to September 28, 2018. The focus of the conference is "*Applied Cognitive Linguistics*".

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Teresa Cadierno (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

/Thinking for speaking in an L2: From research findings to pedagogical implications/

Jörg Roche (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany)

/Foundations and applications of a cognitive language pedagogy (Didactics)/

Ute Römer (Georgia State University, USA):

/Emerging L2 constructions: From corpus evidence to pedagogical implications/

Anatol Stefanowitsch (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

/Cognitive linguistics and the corpus///

Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University, USA)

/Multimodal constructions for blended classic joint attention/

Furthermore, we are organizing a pre- as well as a post-conference workshop. The pre-conference workshop takes place on Tuesday, September 25^th 2018, before the main conference and is aimed at language teachers interested in the basic principles and key ideas of cognitive linguistics. The post-conference workshop, which will take place on Saturday, September 29^th 2018, after the main conference, is going to be a Red Hen workshop (http//, which presents the Red Hen tools and infrastructure for research into cognitive linguistics. Details will be available on the conference website in due time.

Call for Theme Sessions:

We invite submissions for theme sessions concentrating on specific topics in cognitive and usage-based linguistics (see further details on topics in Call for Papers below). Theme sessions are expected to conform to the 30-minute rhythm of the general sessions and may contain six OR nine 30-minutes talks (please indicate your choice in your proposal). At least half of the slots (i.e., a minimum of three slots if a session of six is suggested and a minimum of five slots if a session of nine is aimed at) already need to be filled with potential contributors when the proposal is submitted.Please submit your theme session abstract by *Sunday, December 31, 2017* via the conference webpage.

Please note that the abstract for your theme session should not contain your name(s) or affiliation(s) and be no longer than 500 words (plus references). The abstracts of the individual talks should follow below and should also neither mention names nor affiliations. The abstracts of the individual talks should not exceed 200 words each.

Proposals for theme sessions will be anonymously reviewed as a whole. Review criteria are coherence, cross-references among the individual contributions, relevance of topics, originality of research, clarity of structure and language as well as strength of argumentation.

The notification of acceptance for the theme sessions is scheduled for the end of January 2018, i.e., a few days before the regular call for papers closes, which gives you the chance to inform your contributors concerning the possibility to resubmit their individual papers for the general sessions in case the theme session proposal in question was not successful.

Call for Papers:

We are inviting abstracts dealing with topics from cognitive and usage-based linguistics. We especially encourage the submission of papers engaging with the main topic of the conference, Applied Cognitive Linguistics, i.e., exploring the potential of cognitive linguistic findings for language teaching and learning. Furthermore, we welcome contributions dealing with different aspects of cognitive linguistics, ideally taking a cognitive perspective on language on the basis of methods employed in corpus linguistics, psychology, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, artificial intelligence and other fields in cognitive science. Explorations of the links between these disciplines and cognitive linguistics are also very welcome.

Conference languages are English and German.

There are two types of presentation:

- 20-minute oral presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion)

- poster presentations (gallery walk)

Important dates:

Please submit your abstract by *Wednesday, January 31, 2018* via the conference webpage.

Please note that your abstract should not contain your name(s) and affiliation(s) and should be no longer than 500 words (plus references). All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously on the basis of the following criteria: relevance of topic, originality of research, clarity of structure and language as well as strength of argumentation.

The notification of acceptance for papers and posters is scheduled for March 15, 2018.

Online registration for the conference opens on April 15, 2018*.*

For further details, please visit the conference website:

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