Call for participation
6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference
19 – 22 July 2016, Bangor University, Wales, UK

*** Register now: Early bird registration closes on 15 April 2016 ***

The conference will cover a broad range of research concerned with language and cognition. It promotes empirical work pertaining to cognitive semantics, embedded discourse, and applied cognitive linguistics. Thematic sessions will be organised around the following topics:
•       Functional approaches to cognitive linguistics
•       Cognitive linguistic approaches to language teaching
•       Lexicology and lexical concepts
•       Language and space
•       Embodiment
•       Analogy and conceptual transfer
•       Situated cognition and language

In addition to these themes, other relevant topics include:
•       Domains and frame semantics
•       Categorisation, prototypes and polysemy
•       Metaphor and discourse
•       Metonymy and discourse
•       Mental spaces and conceptual blending
•       Language evolution
•       Linguistic variation and language change
•       Gesture
•       Typology and constructional analyses of the languages of the world
•       Acquisition
•       Corpora and statistical methods
•       Cognitive computational models

Cognitive linguistics is by definition highly interdisciplinary, and so in addition to primarily linguistic research, the conference will also include language related contributions that are based on disciplines such as (cognitive and social) psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, anthropology, biology, artificial intelligence, and discourse and communication studies.

Bangor is widely recognised as one of the most scenic university settings in the UK, set between the famous Snowdonia Mountains and the sea. The location, the scenery and the surrounding area are amongst the reasons why Bangor University enjoys rising student numbers and continuously attracts researchers from around the world for conferences and extended research visits, spanning many disciplines and research areas. This provides an ideal setting for an intense and thought provoking interdisciplinary conference, following the spirit of previous UK-CLCs.

The cathedral and university city of Bangor is easily reached through excellent road and railway networks, with easy connections to London, Manchester, and Liverpool airports. It is situated between the historical cities of Conwy and Caernarfon, with their famous castles and many further attractions close by for social events and conference outings. The area offers many opportunities for family recreation at sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. Just around the corner, the Snowdonia National Park’s 25 miles of mountains, lakes and rivers offer plenty of opportunities for walking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and more – plus Europe’s longest zip-wire.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
•       Penelope Brown (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,      Nijmegen, NL)
•       Kenny Coventry (University of East Anglia, UK)
•       Vyv Evans (Bangor University, UK)
•       Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven, BE)
•       Len Talmy (University at Buffalo, NY, USA)
•       Dedre Gentner (Northwestern University, IL, USA)

Key dates
•       Early bird registration closes: 15 April 2016
•       Registration for accepted speakers to be included in the online Proceedings of Abstracts closes: 31 May 2016
•       Accommodation booking on campus closes: 8 July 2016
•       Pre-conference workshops: Monday July 18, 2016
•       Main conference: Tuesday July 19 – Friday July 22, 2016

There will be 5 parallel slots of peer-reviewed talks (each 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion) through 3 full days, and a poster session. The language of the conference is English.

Please indicate to the organisers by email to if you have any special needs or disabilities. This will allow for support to be organised well in advance.

Pre-conference workshops
•       Alan Wallington (Bangor University): Metaphors of space and time
•       Willem Hollmann: (Lancaster University) Cognitive sociolinguistics
•       Michael Spranger (Sony Labs, Tokyo, Japan): Language evolution
•       Peter Stockwell (Nottingham University): Cognitive Poetics
•       Andrea Tyler (Georgetown University): Cognitive Linguistics in second language teaching
•       Welsh for Adults Centre (Bangor): ‘Pocket Welsh’ for beginners
•       Peredur Davies / Sarah Cooper (Bangor University): Welsh Linguistics for beginners

Conference participation fees:
Early-bird registration:  Faculty £240, Students £185
Late registration: Faculty £290, Students £235

Workshop registration:  £40 for attending one workshop (Monday morning or afternoon), and £60 for attending two (morning and afternoon). This applies for both students and faculty, and includes lunch and refreshments.
Registration for workshops is processed on a first come, first served basis. A maximum of 25 participants will be accepted for each workshop.

In addition to the benefits of a 3.5-day conference including daily lunches, registration includes membership in the UK-CLA (Cognitive Linguistics Association) for a year, with free online access to the Language & Cognition journal.

Please consult the website at for further information on workshops, excursions, and the programme.

Chair: Thora Tenbrink
Co-chairs: Anouschka Foltz, Alan Wallington

Local management: Javier Olloqui Redondo, Josie Ryan

Twitter: @UKCLC2016
Facebook: UKCLC2016

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