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26-28 May 2015 Grenoble (France)


This conference chiefly aims at consolidating and strengthening the network of cognitive linguists working in France and abroad by providing a forum for discussion and collaboration in the tradition of the preceding AFLiCo conferences in Bordeaux (2005), Lille (2007), Nanterre (2009), Lyon (2011) and Lille (2013) and the ‘JET’ workshops in Bordeaux (2010) and Paris (2012 and 2014).


William Croft (University of New Mexico, USA)

Guillaume Desagulier (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre & CNRS).

Paul Foulkes (University of York, UK)

Dirk Geeraerts (Université de Louvain, Belgium)

Martine Hausberger (Université Rennes 1 & CNRS)

Elinor Ochs (Universiy of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Titles and abstracts coming soon.


The conference’s major foci are in line with the directions of the previous AFLiCo conferences, while integrating recent evolutions in the field, in connection with contiguous fields. The conference welcomes proposals linking cognitive and linguistic topics while taking into account social and cultural contexts, to model or document the integration of social and cultural information into linguistic structures (indexical properties of sound, lexical, grammatical or discursive patterns), or to examine how linguistic variety shapes social and cultural representations. 

The following areas are especially relevant to these thematic sessions:

  • Cognitive Sociolinguistics

  • Sociolinguistic Cognition

  • Sociolinguistic Approaches to First and Second Language Acquisition

  • Computational Modeling of interacting populations of agents based on empirical data

  • Comparative work on dialects in Language and dialect in Animal Communication

Each of these areas is part of a common trend, bringing together social and cognitive science. The 6th AFLICO conference will be about the development of this trend in connection with the framework of Cognitive Linguistics. Our topics for 2015 encourage pluridisciplinary work along this new line of thought. In this line of work, the following issues have taken on special importance:

  • Corpus linguistics, usage-based linguistics, cognitive linguistics: description, models and theories of social and cultural factors.

  • Usage, norms, rules, regularity: interdisciplinary approaches

  • Variations in meaning and meaning(s) of variation: impact of variation on the production of meaning

  • Categorization and prototypes: social and linguistic categorization

  • Language, culture and ideology: cognitive and cultural models

  • Cognitive mechanisms underlying the reception and production of indexical meaning

  • Cross-linguistic variation, intra-linguistic variation and language acquisition

  • Socio-cognitive approaches to translation and translation teaching


The conference will not be limited to thematic sessions devoted to the main foci described above. The organisers also encourage researchers to submit proposals within other areas of cognitive linguistics.

The organisers further encourage young researchers to submit an abstract.


Abstracts for 20-minute oral presentations will be submitted to a double, blind review. They should be fully anonymous and not exceed 500 words (references excluded). Submission is to be done via a login on the conference the website.

Format for abstract

  • 500 words, Times, single-spaced, title centred in bold on the top of the page, total number of words stated clearly on the abstract page, anonymous;

  • Research question clearly stated, significance and originality for the field of the proposal, methods, analysis, discussion;

  • Examples, tables, figures, and references should be placed on the second page of the same document;

  • pdf files.

Abstracts may be submitted in English or French.


  • Submissions accepted from September 30, 2014

  • Submission deadline: November 30, 2014

  • Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2015

  • Workshops: May 26th (9-12 am)

  • Sessions: May 26th (1.30 pm) – May 28th (6.30 pm)

  • (TBC: welcome reception: May 25th, from 5 pm)



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