9th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association

Cognitive Linguistics as an Interdisciplinary Endeavour: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

NEW: 1st to 4th March 2022, Erfurt

DGKL/GCLA-9 is hosted by the University of Erfurt (Erfurt, Germany).

Its framing topic emphasizes the location of Cognitive Linguistics in an interdisciplinary field defined by both the cognitive and social sciences and is meant to encourage reflection about the methodological as well as theoretical challenges that this entails.

As an international conference, DGKL/GCLA-9 also seeks to make an active contribution to the further development of the Cognitive-Linguistics community of Europe. More specifically, we hope to work towards new forms of cooperation between the national Cognitive-Linguistics associations whose representatives are kindly invited to join us in Erfurt.

Corona crisis: DGKL/GCLA-9 finally going digital

Due to the lasting uncertainties created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the local organizers and the board of the DGKL/GCLA-9 decided in February 2021 to postpone the conference to the first week of March 2022. When making that decision, it was also decided that, should the situation worsen again around the first weeks of December 2021, the conference would have to be held as a virtual event.

In view of the fourth pandemic wave escalating in the middle and South of Germany (and especially Thuringia) since the beginning of December 2021, DGKL/GCLA-9 has to go digital at last. We will keep our participants informed, both via this website and directly, via e-mail.

Best wishes in the meantime and see you all in March 2022, on-line.

Conference organisation


Registration is open till 1st March. Please, register via our conference management system HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Conference timeline

Timeline DGKL/GCLA-9

30th March 2021          Closing date of second round of abstract submission for DGKL-9

30th June 2021             Notification of acceptance (abstracts submitted before 30th March)

31st Oct. 2021              Notification of acceptance (late abstracts)

27th Dec. 2021             Pre-publication of scientific programme

20th Jan. 2022              Pre-publication of book of abstracts

28th Jan. 2022              Opening date: online registration

1st March 2022            Closing date: online registration

Local organisers

DGKL/GCLA-9 is organised by Beate Hampe and Anja Binanzer in close cooperation with the board of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association DGKL/GCLA.


Our conference e-mail is DGKL-9@uni-erfurt.de.

You can also find us on twitter at https://twitter.com/linguistikef.

The campus is located at Nordhäuser Str. 63, 99089 Erfurt.

Programme committee

We sincerely thank the following colleagues for supporting our conference through their work in the programme committee:

Heike Behrens, Anja Binanzer, Alice Blumenthal-Dramé, Hans Boas, Bert Cappelle, Hubert Cuyckens, Holger Diessel, Gabriele Diewald, Susanne Flach, Beate Hampe, Stefan Hartmann, Thomas Herbst, Martin Hilpert, Thomas Hoffmann, Nina Julich, Elma Kerz, Sebastian Kürschner, Alexander Lasch, Jeannette Littlemore, Arne Lohmann, Karin Madlener-Charpentier, Susanne Niemeier, Florent Perek, Antje Quick, Patrick Rebuschat, Hans-Jörg Schmid, Doris Schönefeld, Katerina Stathi, Anatol Stefanowitsch, Peter Uhrig, Daniel Wiechmann, Bodo Winter, Arne Zeschel, Alexander Ziem.

Call for papers and abstract submission

In line with the tradition of the conference series, contributions from all subfields of Cognitive Linguistics are invited. Empirical papers with an interdisciplinary approach or a methodological focus are especially encouraged.


Abstract reviewing

All abstracts accepted in the first reviewing process in 2020 are automatically accepted for the conference in March 2022.

All abstracts submitted after the third call for papers (January to March 2021) will be reviewed till the end of June 2021.

Our conference management system (Converia) informs participants about the status of all abstracts having undergone reviewing.

The link to our conference management system for both submitters and reviewers can be found HERE.

Submission of new abstracts

A third call for papers for DGKL-9 (2021) went out in January 2021. Abstract submission ended in March. In view of the new conference dates, new abstracts may be accepted.

Please, do not hesitate to use our conference mailif you have any queries concerning your conference contribution or if you wish to submit a late abstract.

1st call for papers, posters and theme sessions

Wednesday, September 23 – Saturday, September 26, 2020
Erfurt University, Germany

The German Cognitive Linguistics Association (DGKL/GCLA) is pleased to announce its 9th international conference, DGKL/GCLA-9, to be held at the University of Erfurt, from 23rd to 26th Sept. 2020. We are now inviting proposals for contributions.

In line with the framing theme of the DGKL-9 “Cognitive Linguistics as an Interdisciplinary Endeavour: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges”, our plenary and keynote speakers will bring in a wide variety of cognitive and usage-based perspectives on language, illustrating the impressive methodological repertoire that the proponents of the cognitive-functional paradigm in linguistic research have accumulated over the past decades:

  • Ewa Dabrowska (FAU Erlangen): The effects of literacy on grammar
  • Dirk Geeraerts (KU Leuven): Boons and Bournes of Cloud Chasing. Recent developments in distributional corpus semantics
  • Natalia Levshina (MPI Nijmegen): Communicative efficiency: typological, corpus-based and experimental evidence
  • Irene Mittelberg (RWTH Aachen): Cognitive semiotic theory as common denominator for interdisciplinary, empirical gesture research
  • Friedemann Pulvermüller (FU Berlin): Neural assemblage and decomposition in construction learning
  • Sabine Stoll (University of Zurich): Title to be announced
  • Kristian Tylén (Aaarhus University): Language as shaped by the environment
  • Stefanie Wulff (University of Florida & UiT The Arctic University of Norway): Enjoying methods responsibly: in favor of theory-driven methods selection

Papers from all subfields of Cognitive-Functional Linguistics are kindly invited, including those wishing to discuss points of a theoretical nature or those pursuing applied perspectives. Papers supporting the conference theme, i.e. exhibiting a strong empirical basis and/or clear interdisciplinary approach, are especially welcome. The working languages of the conferences are English and German, proposals in both languages are welcome.

Abstracts for posters and presentations can be submitted via this conference website from 15th Dec 2019 to 15th Feb 2020. Colleagues wishing to organize a theme session in line with the conference theme are kindly asked to contact us before 15th Jan 2020 via our conference mail DGKL2020@uni-erfurt.de.
Our notifications of acceptance will go out by 30th April 2020, with registration opening on this latter date as well.Please, do not hesitate to mail any more specific queries directly to DGKL2020@uni-erfurt.de.

With our very best wishes to everyone considering to join us at Erfurt next year,

Beate Hampe and Anja Binanzer (local organizers of DGKL-9)

Data privacy policy

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Programme and Book of Abstracts

Please, find the final version of the Book of Abstracts HERE.

You can download the conference program HERE .


Conference Netiquette and Webex Information

Please observe this document with great care as it provides you with our conference netiquette and general guidelines for presenters. Furthermore, it gives you access to all Webex Meeting Rooms and our virtual lounges. 

Everybody who has officially registered for the conference has already received this document via e-mail as well as the password to access the protected PDF version which you can download here.