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.

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Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 7 – João Pessoa, Brazil

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 7 – João Pessoa, Brazil

August 2 -8, 2015






To precede the 7th Conference on Linguistics and Cognition (7a Conferência Linguística e Cognição) August 9-11, 2015



*****Application deadline: February 28, 2015

*****Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2015




We invite applications for the 7th Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics workshop to be held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, August 2-8, 2015. This is the first time EMCL comes to Latin America, and we are very excited for this opportunity.


The goal of EMCL is to facilitate dialogue among language researchers with different methodological backgrounds, i.e. those working on theory, experimentation, corpus linguistics, etc. We do this by hosting a series of minilabs. Each minilab is led by two internationally recognized researchers from different backgrounds, who collaborate in guiding a group of eight students through the steps of developing and carrying out an empirical project during the course of a week.


The minilabs for EMCL 7 are as follows.


Minilab 1.


Topics: Cognitive linguistics, grammatical theory, spoken language, gesture, thinking for speaking, metaphor, semantics and conceptualization, conversation, political discourse, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, sentence processing, coreference


Alan Cienki Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam & Moscow State Linguistic University



José Ferrari Neto Universidade Federal da Paraiba



Minilab 2.


Topics: interaction between language and vision, sentence processing, word recognition, visual attention, visual memory, eye movements, computational modeling, construction grammar, lexical semantics, argument structure


Michael Spivey University of California, Merced



Diogo Pinheiro Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro



Minilab 3.


Topics: mental simulation in language understanding, embodiment of linguistic constructions, processing of literal, abstract, and metaphorical language, thinking and driving, word meaning and phonaesthemes, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, primary metaphors, figurative language comprehension by the hard of hearing


Benjamin Bergen University of California, San Diego




Maity Siqueira Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul



Minilab 4.


Topics: cognitive linguistics, temporal order, tense, aspect, gesture, eye movements, working memory, evidentiality, mental spaces and conceptual blending, construction grammar, deixis and viewpoint


Raymond Becker RWTH Aachen University



Lilian Ferrari Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro



Minilab 5.


Topics: multilingual cognition, language acquisition, conceptual development, conceptual transfer, color perception, motion event construal, object categorization, grammatical number, grammatical gender, grammatical aspect, conceptualization, conceptual representation, conceptual blending, sentence comprehension, inferential processing, language and motor action


Panos Athanasopoulos, Lancaster University



Jan Edson Leite Universidade Federal da Paraiba



Minilab 6.


Topics: methods, embodied social psychology, replication, emotion, language acquisition and processing, neurocognitive aspects of reading comprehension, aging and semantic processing


Daniël Lakens Eindhoven University of Technology



Rosangela Gabriel Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul



Minilab 7.


Topics: lexical semantics, spatial language, psycholinguistics, acquisition of semantics, language and cognition, cross linguistic semantic comparisons and metaphor, neurolinguistics, social cognition, memory and language in aphasics


Michele Feist University of Louisiana at Lafayette



Edwiges Morato UNICAMP - Universidade Estadual de Campinas





Intended audience: Language researchers with an embodiment, situated cognition and/or cognitive linguistics background. No prior experimental or corpus training is required though an understanding of the theoretical issues is necessary. Participants can be at different early stages in their careers, i.e. graduate students/post-grads, post-docs, junior faculty, etc.


Format: Participants will join one of seven hands-on mini-labs for the duration of the week-long workshop. Each mini-lab will be responsible for completing a joint research project. A select group of students (max. eight per group for a total of 56) will be invited to participate. Each group will work with two researchers who will guide them in selecting an idea to investigate. They will then participate in structuring and organizing a research project, and carrying it out. The session will end with a mini-conference where findings will be presented, followed by a general discussion.


Please note that the mini-conference will be open to everyone, including but not limited to participants of the 7th Conference on Linguistics and Cognition


Language of instruction will be English.


Topics to be covered include,

- Deciding on a research topic

- Transforming the research topic into a research question

- Developing experimental hypotheses

- Designing an experiment to test hypotheses

- Making clear predictions based on the design

- Data collection

- Statistical analysis and interpretation

- Presentation of findings to an audience



Participation Fee:


 US$150, or R$360, payable by bank transfer or upon arrival by prior arrangement. (This fee helps cover the costs of organization and faculty travel.)




To apply, please send the following by February 28, 2015. All materials must be submitted electronically to emcl.admin (at) gmail.com



1. A maximum of two (2) pages, (1000 words, excluding references), describing:

- your academic background,

- your reasons for wanting to participate,

- the research groups you would like to work in and why. Please list 3 in order of preference,

  with number one being your preferred group.

- a brief description of your research interests.


All topics listed above must be addressed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

2. A copy of your curriculum vitae (C.V.) including a list of (any) publications. For publications, the names of all authors must appear as only initials for first and last names, i.e. Farah, Martha -> F.,M.


3. Formatting of your application must be as follows:


- Please write 'application' in the subject line. 

- All documents must be submitted as a single pdf, labeled with your full name only,

   last name first. Note, though, that all identifying features of applicants will be removed to allow for   

   anonymous review.

- C.V. should appear first.  Your name should only appear at the top of your C.V. and nowhere else.

- Please remove any photographs, as well as references to your age or marital status.  

   Your C.V. should only contain professional information beginning with your

   university training.

- Any deviations will result in the application being returned to you for correction. Samples of

   properly completed applications can be found on the EMCL 7 website.


All identifying features of applicants will be removed to allow for anonymous review.



The application deadline is February 28. Accepted applicants will be notified on or before March 15.


**We realize that some of you will be applying for external funding. If you need proof of acceptance before the notification date, then please contact us immediately to see if we can accommodate you.)


Two (2) tuition scholarships will be awarded by lottery to students experiencing financial hardship. The scholarship will be for the participation fee only, as unfortunately, we do not have funding to cover accommodation or travel.  If you would like to be included in the lottery, please include a brief description of your situation (500 words maximum).



Please note: Attendance is strictly limited to accepted participants. No exceptions will be made so as to preserve pedagogical integrity. That said, everyone is invited to attend the mini-conference where the labs will present their research results.


Please send all correspondence to:






EMCL 7 Organizing Committee:

Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Chair, Cornell University & Bielefeld University

Raymond Becker, RWTH Aachen University

Marianne Cavalcante, Universidade Federal da Paraiba

Alan Cienki, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam & Moscow State Linguistic U.

Michele Feist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Jan Edson Leite, Universidade Federal da Paraiba

Danielly Lima, Universidade Federal da Paraiba

Mábia Toscano, Universidade Federal da Paraiba