9th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association

Cognitive Linguistics as an Interdisciplinary Endeavour: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

29th Sept to 2nd October 2021, 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.

Corona crisis: New conference dates and third call for papers

Due to the lasting uncertainties created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the local organizers and board of the DGKL/GCLA-9 have decided to postpone the conference to autumm 2021. Scholars who have submitted an abstract to DGKL-9 2020 will be notified by e-mail about the further procedure. Our third call for papers has gone out in January 2021, new or revised abstracts are accepted till 15th March 2021.

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

Our first round of abstract reviewing for DGKL-9 (Spring 2020) was interrupted due to the uncertainties created by the corona crisis. However, we are happy to announce that this round of reviewing will now be completed so that all participants can be informed about the results in October 2020.

All positively reviewed abstracts are accepted for DGKL-9 (2021), though updates or the submission of new abstracts will also be possible.

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

Submission of new abstracts

A new call for papers for DGKL-9 (2021) will go round in November 2020, both via the linguist list and via the mailing list of the DGKL/GCLA. It will also be published here, on the conference homepage.

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

15th December 2020   Opening date: new round of abstract submission for DGKL-9

31st January 2021        Closing date: abstract submission

1st June 2021                Notification of acceptance

15th June 2021             Opening date: online registration

1st July 2021                 Pre-publication of the scientific programme

1st August 2021           Closing date: early bird online registration

15th September 2021  Closing date: online registration for presenters (talks)

22nd September 2021  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.