Welcome To The UK Cognitive Linguistics Association

Overview of the UK-CLA

The central objectives of the UK-CLA are to develop and promote the multi-disciplinary field of Cognitive Linguistics within the UK, as well as contribute to the research- and event-based synergy currently growing across Europe, and to foster initiatives and exchanges at the wider international level.   To this end, the Association organises a biennial UK-based conference in Cognitive Linguistics (see events).  

Membership of the UK-CLA is achieved by subscribing to the Association's journal Language & Cognition. Details on how to subscribe to the journal can be found at the journal website here.  From 2014, the journal will be published by Cambridge University Press, and subscription for 2014 will be offered at a special promotional discount of half price.  Subscription is available in the following options: online only, or online plus print.  Subscription includes automatic electronic access to all back issues.    

In addition, the Association strongly supports contacts and cooperation between its members, the development of research projects, curricula and international graduate and doctoral programmes in Cognitive Linguistics, as well as the organisation of conferences, workshops, and other relevant events (see links and events).  

A key aspect of the work undertaken by the Association is cooperation with other Cognitive Linguistics Associations, under the auspices of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (see links).   To find out more about the Association and get involved in its activities, please subscribe to the UK-CLA mailing list.

The UK-CLA is affiliated to the International Cognitive Linguistics Association and the Linguistics Association of Great Britain.

Latest News

UK-CLC 2016


First announcement / call for abstracts for the 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference

19 - 22 July 2016, Bangor University, Wales, UK http://ukclc2016.bangor.ac.uk


We invite the submission of abstracts (for paper or poster presentations) addressing all aspects of cognitive linguistics.


The conference aims to cover a broad range of research concerned with language and cognition. We are especially interested in promoting empirical work pertaining to cognitive semantics, embedded discourse, and applied cognitive linguistics. Thematic sessions will be organised around the following topics:

•Functional approaches to cognitive linguistics •Cognitive linguistic approaches to language teaching •Lexicology and lexical concepts •Language and space •Embodiment •Analogy and conceptual transfer •Situated cognition and language


In addition to these themes, other relevant topics include:

•Domains and frame semantics

•Categorisation, prototypes and polysemy •Mental spaces and conceptual blending •Language evolution •Linguistic variation and language change •Gesture •Typology and constructional analyses of the languages of the world •Acquisition •Corpora and statistical methods •Metaphor and discourse •Cognitive computational models


Cognitive linguistics is by definition highly interdisciplinary, and so in addition to primarily linguistic research, we also invite language related submissions that are based on disciplines such as (cognitive and social) psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, anthropology, biology, artificial intelligence, and discourse and communication studies.


Bangor is widely recognised as one of the most scenic university settings in the UK, set between the famous Snowdonia Mountains and the sea. The location, the scenery and the surrounding area are amongst the reasons why Bangor University enjoys rising student numbers and continuously attracts researchers from around the world for conferences and extended research visits, spanning many disciplines and research areas. This provides an ideal setting for an intense and thought provoking interdisciplinary conference, following the spirit of previous UK-CLCs.


The cathedral and university city of Bangor is easily reached through excellent road and railway networks, with easy connections to London, Manchester, and Liverpool airports. It is situated between the historical cities of Conwy and Caernarfon, with their famous castles and many further attractions close by for social events and conference outings.


Confirmed plenary speakers:

•Penelope Brown (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL) •Kenny Coventry (University of East Anglia, UK) •Vyv Evans (Bangor University, UK) •Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven, BE) •Len Talmy (University at Buffalo, NY, USA) •Dedre Gentner (Northwestern University, IL, USA)


Key dates

•Abstract deadline: 6 December 2015

•Decisions communicated by: 15 February 2016 •Pre-conference workshops: Monday July 18, 2016 •Main conference: Tuesday July 19 – Friday July 22, 2016


Talks will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion. There will also be a poster session. The language of the conference is English.


Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references) will be submitted using EasyChair (please check the conference website at http://ukclc2016.bangor.ac.uk for updates). Participants will be allowed to present at most one talk (as a single or first author) and one poster, but can be co-authors on other work. Please indicate on your abstract if you intend the submission for a poster.

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind peer review by an international scientific committee.

Since 2012 UK-CLA has published selected conference presentations in the series 'Selected Papers from UK-CLA Meetings' (ISSN 2046-9144); UK-CLC6 will continue this tradition.


Separate from the abstract, please indicate to the organisers if you have any special needs or disabilities to allow support to be organised well in advance.


Registration fees will be on a par with previous UK-CLC conferences. In addition to the benefits of the conference, registration will now also include membership in the UK-CLA (Cognitive Linguistics Association) including free online access to the Language & Cognition journal for a year.


Chair: Thora Tenbrink

Co-chairs: Christopher Shank, Alan Wallington


Local management: Javier Olloqui Redondo, Josie Ryan


Queries: ukclc2016@bangor.ac.uk