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Call for Papers

The Fifteenth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-15)
Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan
August 6-11, 2019

The 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-15) will be held at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan from August 6 through 11, 2019. We invite a broad range of papers on any topic taking a cognitive, functional, typological, or discourse approach to the study of language and cognition. Typical topics treated in the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:

cognitive grammarcognitive typology
construction grammarmotion and space
metaphor and metonymyfirst language acquisition
frame semanticsapplied linguistics and pedagogy
prototype and categorizationlanguage evolution
cognitive phonologytranslation and cognition
discourse analysismultimodality
pragmatics and cognitionsign language
corpus linguisticswriting systems
language processingcognitive sociolinguistics
neurolinguisticscognitive semiotics
language change and grammaticalization

The conference has a special focus on the crosslinguistic perspectives on cognitive linguistics, and so papers relevant to this topic are especially encouraged.

The language of the conference is English.

There is no requirement to be an ICLA member for conference participation, but members will get a substantial reduction in the conference fees as well as enjoy other benefits (more information and member signup via the ICLA website).

The ICLA has set up a fund for student scholarships; students who have their abstract for a poster or presentation accepted can apply for a scholarship. More details can be found here.

There are three different types of sessions, and submission processes are different.

Theme Session:

A group of prospective participants can propose a theme session, in which thematically related papers are presented. A theme session can be on any topic in cognitive linguistics. There are two stages for submissions for a theme session. First, theme session organizers should submit their theme session proposals directly to the conference organizers. Once a theme session has been accepted as a whole, individual theme session authors will need to submit their full abstracts (not the short ones included in the session proposal) for review, following the same guidelines of submission for general and poster sessions below. Papers need to be individually accepted in order to form a theme session.

General Session and Poster Session:

Abstracts for general (oral) sessions and poster sessions are to be submitted through an abstract submission page, following the guidelines below. On the submission page you are asked to state whether the paper should be considered for oral session only, poster session only, or both.

Each presentation in a general session will be 25 minutes long (including questions and discussion). Papers in general sessions will be thematically arranged.

New for this ICLC is that we plan to have more posters than at previous conferences. Efforts will be made to render the poster session into a pleasant and inspiring locus of exchange. Posters will be allocated to dedicated, timetabled sessions, and will be thematically organized in terms of time and space of display. We therefore encourage poster submissions. The poster to be displayed must be of A0 size (or smaller), and must be vertical.

Abstract Submission:

Each author may submit maximally one single-authored and one co-authored paper. Submitting two abstracts as a co-author is also accepted. This is regardless of whether they are intended for the general, poster, or theme session. All abstracts must be submitted electronically through our EasyChair site, using a link appearing at:

The submission page will be active during the submission period, which is August 1 – November 12, 2018 (UTC -11).

Abstracts must not exceed 1 page in A4 or letter-size paper, with 2.54 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides and 12-point Times New Roman font (complex data, figures, and references can be included on an additional page). They must be in a pdf file, and the file size should not exceed 5 MB. Abstracts will be subjected to blind review by a minimum of two referees from an international scientific committee, so no author names should appear anywhere on abstracts (you may cite yourself as [Author] or in the third person for previously published work).

The title must be at the top of the abstract. Please include a list of five keywords that describe the research right below the title to assist in the reviewing process. Theme session authors should also make sure to note the title of the theme session at the top of their abstracts.

Authors must include the following information on the webpage: (1) name(s) of author(s); (2) affiliation(s); (3) email address(es); and (4) preference for general or poster presentation.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission periodAugust 1 – November 12, 2018
Deadline for abstract submissionNovember 12, 2018
Notification of acceptancelate January 2019
Dates of conferenceAugust 6-11, 2019

Please direct all enquiries to iclc2019 @ (delete a space before and after “@”).

ICLC 15 Organizing Committee