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Full Title: 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar

Short Title: ICCG-8
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Start Date: 03-Sep-2014 - 06-Sep-2014
Contact: Thomas Hoffmann
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Meeting Description: We are pleased to announce the Eighth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-8), which will be held at the University of Osnabrück, Germany on September 3-6, 2014.

Over the last few decades, the view of grammar as a mental network of constructions has received great empirical support by independent research on first (e.g. Tomasello 2003; Diessel 2013) and second language acquisition (Ellis 2013), psycho(Bencini 2013), as well as neurolinguistics (Pulvermüller, Shtyrov, Cappelle 2013). Moreover, constructional approaches have also provided important new insight into the diachronic evolution of languages (see Fried 2013; Barðdal 2013; Hilpert 2013), as well as sociolinguistic (Croft 2009; Hollmann 2013) and dialectal or discourse variation (Östman and Trousdale 2013). Yet, despite this wealth of previous research there is still much constructional work to be done and many questions to be addressed. Like all its predecessors (Berkeley, CA (2001), Helsinki (2002), Marseille (2004), Tokyo (2006), Austin, TX (2008), Prague (2010) and Seoul (2012)), the present conference is therefore going to provide an international forum for promoting discussion and collaboration among all linguists interested in constructional research and its various models and applications.

Furthermore, we are proud to announce that the conference will also celebrate the publication of the first Handbook of Constructions Grammar (Oxford University Press 2013) as well as the ten year anniversary of the open-access online journal Constructions (

Conference Organizers:

Thomas Hoffmann & Alexander Bergs (chairs)
Claudia Lehmann
Meike Pentrel
Nadja Hekal

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Peter Auer (University of Freiburg)
Hans Boas (University of Texas at Austin)
William Croft (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
Miriam Fried (Charles University in Prague)
Laura Michaelis (University of Colorado Boulder)
Graeme Trousdale (Edinburgh University)
Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)


- Category Change from a Constructional Perspective
- Construction Grammar and Language Contact
- Computational Construction Grammar
- Constructionist Resources
- Modelling Genre/Register in Grammar:Constructions, Frames or Both?
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
LL Issue: 25.3269

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Computational Construction Grammar
Category Change from a Constructional Perspective
Workshop on Constructionist Resources

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