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AFLiCo IV : Call for papers

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AFLiCo IV : Call for participation

Fourth International Conference of the French Cognitive Linguistics Association (AFLiCo),

Lyon, France, 24th-27th May 2011


The program is available HERE

'Cognitive Linguistics and Typology: Language diversity, variation and change '.

This conference aims to bring together linguists engaged in cognitively-oriented research with those working in a functional-typological framework on cross-linguistic variation and on language description. The emphasis will be on (1) language diversity of both spoken and signed languages; (2) inter- and intra-linguistic variation; (3) language change. The conference will bring together linguists working with various methodological approaches and using various kinds of spontaneous and elicited data, including spoken and written corpora, fieldwork data, and experimental data.

Proposals are invited for workshops/thematic sessions, for general session papers, and for posters, on topics related to the theme, and on topics in Cognitive Linguistics generally. Papers that report empirically-grounded research on less-studied languages and on typologically, genetically and areally diverse languages will be particularly welcome.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • methods and data in cognitive linguistics and in language typology and description
  • convergence and divergence between cognitive linguistics and functional-typological linguistics
  • studies from a cognitive and/or typological perspective in phonetics, phonology, morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics
  • language variation within and across languages, both spoken and signed
  • language change from a cognitive and/or typological perspective
  • language acquisition
  • studies and advances in construction grammar
  • language and gesture in cross-linguistic perspective


The languages of the conference are French and English.


Proposals are invited for 30-minute slots (20-minute presentation plus question time) in the general sessions and for posters (A1 size).


Proposals are invited for half-day or full-day workshops/thematic sessions. Each workshop proposal should contain the following information:

  • the names and contact details of two workshop organizers
  • the title of the proposed workshop
  • an overview of the topic and aims of the workshop (up to 2 pages)
  • an indication of the desired schedule (number of slots: 4, 6 or 10; half day or full day; number and nature of presentations, discussions, round tables, etc. that the workshop will comprise). Note that, within a workshop, each presentation, discussion or round table will occupy one 30-minute slot in parallel with one general session slot.
  • an abstract (consistent with the indications below under 'Submission procedure') for each proposed 30-minute presentation

Workshop proposals will be refereed in the same way as general session and poster proposals.


Proposals should be submitted online following the instructions to be found at the following address:


Author information (name, affiliation, email address) will be required on the submission website.

An author may submit a maximum of two abstracts, of which at least one must be co-authored. In the case of co-authored abstracts, the first-named author will be the contact person.

Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent out from 25th February 2011.

The anonymous abstracts must be in 12 point Times or Times New Roman font, formatted for A4 or US Letter size paper with margins of 2.5 cm or 1 inch. The maximum length for the text of the abstract is one page; a second page may be used only for figures, glossed examples and bibliographical references.

Deadline for general session papers: 22nd December 2010
Deadline for workshops/thematic sessions: 18th December 2010

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