9th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association

Cognitive Linguistics as an Interdisciplinary Endeavour: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

23rd to 26th September 2020, Erfurt

DGKL/GCLA-9 takes place at the University of Erfurt (Erfurt, Germany), right on campus. 

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.

Conference organisation

Local organisers

DGKL/GCLA-9 is organised by Beate Hampeand Anja Binanzerin close cooperation with the board of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association DGKL/GCLA.


Our conference e-mail is DGKL2020@uni-erfurt.de.

You can also find us on twitter at https://twitter.com/linguistikef. Our hashtag is #DGKL2020.

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

Calls 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

Abstract reviewing lasts from 15th April to 17th May 2020.

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

Deadline Extensions

Due to a number of requests, we extended our deadline for abstract submission twice. Our last period for abstract submission ended on 31st March 2020.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 1st June 2020

Please, do not hesitate to use our conference mailif you have any queries concerning your conference contribution.

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)

Conference timeline and registration


The link to our registration system will appear here in due time.

Timeline DGKL/GCLA-9

15.12.2019       Opening date abstract submission

31.03.2020       Closing date abstract submission (second deadline extension)

01.06.2020        Notification of acceptance

15.06.2020        Opening date online registration

01.07.2020        Pre-publication scientific programme

01.08.2020        Closing date early bird online registration

31.08.2020        End of online registration for presenters (talks)

10.09.2020        Closing date online registration

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.

Corona policy

We sincerely regret to inform you that due to the excessive uncertainties created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the local organizers and board of the DGKL/GCLA-9 have decided to postpone the conference and are currently negotiating options for rescheduling. Further information will be provided in due time.