LINGUIST List 24.5038

Tue Dec 10 2013

Calls: Cognitive Science/Sweden

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Date: 10-Dec-2013
From: Monica Tamariz <>
Subject: 1st International Association for Cognitive Semiotics Conference
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Full Title: 1st International Association for Cognitive Semiotics Conference Short Title: IACS-2014
Date: 25-Sep-2014 - 27-Sep-2014 Location: Lund, Sweden Contact Person: Jordan Zlatev
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Other Specialty: Semiotics

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

First International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) Conference, IACS-2014
September 25-27, 2014
Lund, Sweden

Theme of the conference: Establishing Cognitive Semiotics

Over the past two decades or so, a number of researchers from semiotics, linguistics, cognitive science and related fields, from several European and North American research centres, have experienced the needs to combine theoretical knowledge and methodological expertise in order to be able to tackle challenging questions concerning the nature of meaning, the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of mankind, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. The product of these collaborations has been the emergence of the field of Cognitive Semiotics, with its own journal ( and academic association. The conference aims both to celebrate this, and to look forward into possibilities for further development.

Plenary Speakers:

Søren Brier, Copenhagen Business School
Merlin Donald, Queens University
Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
Cornelia Müller, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)Raymond Tallis, University of Manchester

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite the submission of 400 word abstracts (excluding title and references) for one of the three following categories:

1. Oral presentations (20 min presentation + 5 minute discussion), to be submitted at the site of the conference

2. Posters (at a dedicated poster session), to be submitted at the site of the conference

3. Theme sessions (3 to 6 thematically linked oral presentations): Such proposals are to include:

(a) Title of proposed session
(b) Name(s) of convener(s)
(c) Max 400 word motivation of the session
(d) Abstracts for 3 to 6 individual papers
(e) Name of discussant, if such is involved

All this information should be sent together to the conference organizers at

The individual abstracts should be preceded by an abstract for the theme session as a whole. In case the theme session is not accepted, individual abstracts will be reviewed as submissions for oral presentations.

Note that all abstracts should be submitted to the conference web site at: No individual abstract should be sent to the email address above.

The abstracts can be related, though need not be restricted, to the following topics:

- Biological and cultural evolution of human cognitive specificity
- Cognitive linguistics and phenomenology
- Communication across cultural barriers
- Cross-species comparative semiotics
- Evolutionary perspectives on altruism
- Experimental semiotics
- Iconicity in language and other semiotic resources
- Intersubjectivity and mimesis in evolution and development
- Multimodality
- Narrativity across different media
- Semantic typology and linguistic relativity
- Semiosis (sense-making) in social interaction
- Semiotic and cognitive development in children
- Sign use and cognition
- Signs, affordances, and other meanings
- Speech and gesture
- The comparative semiotics of iconicity and indexicality
- The evolution of language

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