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-CLC5 Call for Papers


5th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference: Empirical Approaches to Language and Cognition

29-31 July 2014, Lancaster University

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

Confirmed plenary speakers are:

  • Daniel Casasanto (The New School, New York)
  • Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • William Croft (University of New Mexico)
  • Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
  • Stefan Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Elena Semino (Lancaster University)

The conference aims to cover a broad range of research concerned with language and cognition. We will be especially interested in promoting strongly empirical work. To this end, we intend to organise (some of) the papers into thematic sessions, with our plenary speakers acting as discussants. The themes will be:

  • embodiment
  • gesture
  • typology and constructional analyses of the languages of the world
  • acquisition
  • corpora and statistical methods
  • metaphor and discourse

In addition to these themes, submissions on other aspects of the field are also welcome. These include but are not restricted to:

  • domains and frame semantics
  • categorisation, prototypes and polysemy
  • mental spaces and conceptual blending
  • language evolution
  • linguistic variation and language change
  • cognitive linguistic approaches to language teaching

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

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) should be submitted using EasyChair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ukclc5. Participants are allowed to submit abstracts for no more than one single-authored paper and one joint-authored paper.

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind peer review by an international scientific committee. The deadline for abstract submission is 20 December 2013. Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 1 February 2014.

Abstracts must be strictly anonymous, and should be submitted in plain text and/or PDF format. If you need to use phonetic characters, please make sure that they are displayed correctly.

To be able to submit an abstract you must use your existing EasyChair login details. If you have not registered with EasyChair before, please do so using the link above. Once you have created an account or signed in please follow the following steps:

1. Click on the ‘New Submission' link at the top of the page;

2. Agree to the terms and conditions (if prompted);

3. Fill in the relevant information about the author or authors;

4. Give the title of the paper in the ‘Title' box and then

(a) enter or paste your abstract into the ‘Abstract' box (please remember that this is plain text only) and/or:
(b) upload your abstract as a PDF file by clicking ‘Choose File' under ‘Upload Paper';

5. At the top of your abstract, indicate whether you would prefer an oral presentation, a poster, or either. Please do this
by entering "oral presentation", "poster", or "oral presentation/poster" at the top of your abstract, above the title.

6. Type three or more keywords into the ‘Keywords' box (these will help us choose suitable reviewers for your abstract, as well as a possible thematic session for your paper); 7. When you are done, please press ‘Submit' at the very bottom of the page.

Since UK-CLC3, the UK-CLA publishes selected conference presentations in the series ‘Selected Papers from UK-CLA Meetings' (ISSN 2046-9144); UK-CLC5 will continue this tradition.

Key dates and information
Abstract deadline: 20 December 2013
Decisions communicated by: 1 February 2014 Early bird registration
opens: 1 February 2014 Early bird registration closes:  15 March 2014
Registration closes: 1 June 2014 Conference dates: 29-31 July 2014
Queries: uk-clc5@languageandcognition.net