LINGUIST List 30.4481

Tue Nov 26 2019

Calls: Cog Sci, Gen Ling, Ling Theories, Neuroling, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 20-Nov-2019
From: Esther Pascual <>
Subject: 4th Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics
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Full Title: 4th Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics
Short Title: IACS 4

Date: 02-Jul-2020 - 04-Jul-2020
Location: Aachen, Germany
Contact Person: Irene Mittelberg
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Neurolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2019

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce that the 4th conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) will take place July 2-4, 2020, at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle), Germany.

IACS 4- 2-4 July 2020
Aachen, Germany
co-organized with KU Leuven, Belgium

The IACS conference series seeks to gather scholars and scientists in semiotics, cognitive science, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, art history and theory, media studies, and related fields, who wish to share their research on meaning and contribute to the interdisciplinary endeavor of cognitive semiotics. Previous conferences were held in Lund , Lublin, and Toronto.

Conference Theme:

The conference theme of IACS4 is “SEMIOTIC COMPLEXITIES: Theory & Analysis.” It aims to account for the complexities of semiosis, that is, for the intricacies of semiotic processes in a broad range of semiotic systems, with a focus on either cognitive, monomodal, crossmodal or multimodal processes of meaning construal. While the theme is rather broad and non-restrictive, it is intended to encourage contributions showing how theoretical frameworks and methods of analysis may mutually enhance each other and thus offer truly new insights into the merits of semiotic inquiry and advance the cross-disciplinary enterprise of cognitive semiotics.

In this light, THEORY here is meant to include influential semiotic theories (as proposed by, e.g. Eco, Greimas, Jakobson, Lothman, Peirce, Saussure), as well as theoretical concepts and principles that are central to cognitive linguistics, general linguistics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and the cognitive sciences more broadly. ANALYSIS encompasses qualitative, quantitative and experimental methods and tools, as well as mixed-methods approaches developed to derive emerging patterns and regularities but also unique instances of meaning-making in both static and dynamic semiotic fabrics.

Local/Transregional Organizing Committee:

- Irene Mittelberg (RWTH Aachen University)
- Geert Brône (KU Leuven)
- Paul Sambre (KU Leuven)
- Kurt Feyaerts (KU Leuven)
- Gabriele Gramelsberger (RWTH Aachen University)
- Jessica Vaupel (RWTH Aachen University)

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Call for Papers:

Topics of the conference include (but are not limited to):

- semiotic theory
- cognitive linguistic
- cognitive poetics
- cognitive anthropology
- gesture and sign language
- embodied interaction
- ecological approaches to meaning-making
- phenomenology
- embodiment, enaction
- multimodality (e.g., film, music, cartoons, comics, advertisement)
- modality-specificity and crossmodal principles of meaning-making
- semiotics and art theory/ art history/archeology/architecture/aesthetics
- visual analysis (images, the visual arts, architecture, etc.)
- iconicity and indexicality (incl. viewpoint) in language and other semiotic resources
- intersubjectivity and mimesis in evolution and development
- linguistic and cultural relativity
- semiotic and cognitive development in children
- biological and cultural evolution of human cognition/communication
- embodiment and spatial cognition
- semiotic foundations of digital humanities
- experimental semiotics
- biosemiotics / neurosemiotics
- technosemiotics (e.g., social robotics)


- Morana Alač (University of California, San Diego)
- Riccardo Fusaroli (Aarhus University)
- Sybille Krämer (Free University Berlin)
- Pamela Perniss (University of Cologne)
- Eve Sweetser (University of California, Berkeley)
- Linda R. Waugh (University of Arizona)
- Jordan Zlatev (Lund University)


- Jan Alber & Ralf Schneider (RWTH Aachen University): Cognitive and Empirical Analysis of Literature
- John Bateman (University of Bremen): Multimodal Analysis: Towards semiotically-motivated methodologies for empirical research
- Geert Brône & Bert Oben (KU Leuven): Eye-tracking in Interaction Analysis
- Cornelia Müller (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder), Jana Bressem (Technical University Chemnitz) & Silva Ladewig (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder): Gesture Analysis


- Irene Mittelberg (RWTH Aachen University)
- Geert Brône (KU Leuven)
- Paul Sambre (KU Leuven)
- Kurt Feyaerts (KU Leuven)
- Gabriele Gramelsberger (RWTH Aachen University)
- Martin Thiering (RWTH Aachen University / TU Berlin)


Specifications regarding the length and formatting of individual abstracts may be found on the conference website.

Please email proposals for theme sessions to the conference email address indicated below. The proposal should contain the following information: the name(s) and affiliation(s) or the panel chairs, a short description of the thematic focus of the proposed panel and a list of the individual contributions (name, affiliation, title of paper) for panels consisting of 4 or 8 papers. Please note that all abstracts must also be submitted individually through EasyChair (see link below).


Deadlines for submissions (through EasyChair conference tool):

- Theme session proposals (4 or 8 papers): November 30th
- Abstracts: December 15

Notification of submission: January 30

To submit your abstracts, please go to the conference website:

or use this EasyChair link:

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We hope to see many of you in Aachen next year!

Best regards - on behalf of the IACS4 organizing team

Esther Pascual, IACS President

Page Updated: 26-Nov-2019