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LINGUIST List 23.3672

Tue Sep 04 2012

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Ling Theories, Socioling, Pragmatics, Semantics/Canada

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Sep-2012
From: Eline Zenner <eline.zennerarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Variationist and Interactional Sociolinguistics from a Cognitive Linguistics Point of View
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Full Title: Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Variationist and Interactional Sociolinguistics from a Cognitive Linguistics Point of View

Date: 23-Jun-2013 - 28-Jun-2013
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Contact Person: Eline Zenner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Variationist and Interactional Sociolinguistics from a Cognitive Linguistics Point of View (ICLC12 Theme Session)


Dirk Geeraerts (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Gitte Kristiansen (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Eline Zenner (KU Leuven, Belgium)


Eline Zenner (eline.zennerarts.kuleuven.be)

In the past decades, linguistic analyses within Cognitive Linguistics or other cognitively oriented theories were all too often carried out at the level of 'a general, uniform language', disregarding the rich and complex patterns of intralingual and communicative variation in that language. Such a shallow level of granularity ultimately amounts to that of a homogeneous and thus idealized speech community, reminiscent of Chomsky's ideal speaker-hearer. To the extent that Cognitive Linguistics takes its claim of being a usage-based approach to language and cognition seriously, it cannot continue to work with an implicitly assumed conception of language being situated taxonomically at an almost Chomskyan level of abstraction. Cognitive Sociolinguistic research fills this gap in an enriched manner, by combining the CL theoretical framework with the empirical methods used in sociolinguistics and social science at large. Without aiming at a full list of possible themes, the topics covered by Cognitive Sociolinguistics may roughly be said to fall within four thematic areas:

1) General models of social factors in Cognitive Linguistics: the role of social variation in language as a Complex Dynamic System, in a socio-evolutionary view of language, in language as an epigenetic system, in situated embodiment, in an intersubjective view of language

2) Lectal and situational variation of meaning and meaningful constructs: lectal variation of lexical and constructional meaning; social distribution of protoype effects, metaphors and metonymical patterns; cognitive conceptions of meaning (and function) as the basis of the sociolinguistic variable; language-internal variation of cultural models

3) Cognitive representation, perception and processing of language variation: prototype and exemplar-based models of variation; usage-based frequency effects in lectal variation; metaphorical linguistic attitudes; metonymy and stereotyping; cultural models of variation and normativity; cognitive aspects of perception, accommodation, linguistic identities, and the acquisition of lectal competence

4) The interactional dynamics of meaningful variation: the flexible expression of identities in language use; 'third wave' cognitive sociolinguistics; situational variation of social meaning

Contributions to any of the four areas are in all cases expected to rely on a firm empirical basis, in the form of advanced corpus-based techniques, experimental methods and survey-based research, or a combination of these.

Additional Information:

A longer, more detailed description of the theme of this session is available at:


2nd Call for Papers:

We invite statements of interest and submissions of short abstracts for a theme session to be proposed for the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Edmonton, Canada, June 23-28, 2013 (https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/iclc12/home).

The theme session addresses language-internal variation in all its dimensions, in line with recent publications such as Kristiansen & Dirven 2008, Cognitive Sociolinguistics; Croft 2009, 'Towards a social cognitive linguistics'; Geeraerts, Kristiansen & Peirsman 2010, Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics.

If you intend to participate in this session, please send a message by return of mail to Eline Zenner at KU Leuven (eline.zennerarts.kuleuven.be) to express your interest. No later than September 12, 2012, we would then like to receive a title and a short abstract or description of your work (up to 150-200 words) at the same address. Specifically, please indicate not just the topic you will address, but also the type of empirical data and analytical method you will use in your study.

Decisions on the theme session will be taken by September 22, 2012. (The ICLC12 framework allows for a maximum of 18 contributions per theme session.)

Please note that full abstracts for all papers, so also papers in theme sessions, will have to be submitted for review to the ICLC organization by November 1 (see the conference website for details). To ensure maximal interaction and discussion during the conference, participants in the theme session will be invited to make a draft text or an extended abstract available to the other participants by June 1, 2013.

Important Dates:

September 12, 2012: Deadline for submission of short abstracts to eline.zennerarts.kuleuven.be
September 22, 2012: Notification of decisions on theme session by the theme session organizers
November 1, 2012: Submission of full abstracts to conference system and eline.zennerarts.kuleuven.be
January 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance by the conference organizers
June 1, 2013: Deadline for submission of draft texts or extended abstracts

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