header image

Call for Papers


will be held May 17-20, 2012
at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

The deadline for abstracts is December 9, 2011

The theme of the conference is:


The joint study of language and cognitive mechanisms has created a number of analytical tools and opened many new research questions. Similar concepts are now applied to the study of language structure, gesture and sign language, but also to more centrally creative modalities. It is time to give all researchers interested in cognition, communication, and the creative mind an opportunity to work towards a more integrated approach.

We welcome a broad range of papers in cognitive, functional, and discourse linguistics and related research areas in cognitive psychology, situated cognition, etc. Papers are especially encouraged bearing on, but not limited to, the following topics related to the special conference theme:

Cognition, Gesture, and Sign
Multimodal Communication and Cognition
Conceptual Blending and Metaphor
Language and Music
Cognitive Underpinnings of Creativity
Visual Artifacts
Grammar and Creative Thought
Literary Discourse and Cognition

To facilitate cross-links and conversations, we will start with a day of workshop-style plenary talks on themes related to the connections between language and various creative modalities. The remaining three days will be filled with more focused research presentations, in parallel sessions, poster sessions, and in plenary format.

The following invited speakers will lecture at the conference:

Arie Verhagen (Leiden University)
Cornelia Mueller (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder))
Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)
Daniel Casasanto (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics/New School for Social Research)
Eve Sweetser (University of California, Berkeley)
Peter Stockwell (Nottingham University)
Seana Coulson (University of California, San Diego)
Teenie Matlock (University of California, Merced)
Terry Janzen (University of Manitoba)
Rena Sharon (University of British Columbia)

Parallel session talks will be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. There will be 2-3 parallel sessions of regular papers.

Abstracts are due December 9, 2011. They should not exceed 500 words, with a possible extra page for data, references, or figures.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Arts - Department of Englsh
397 - 1873 East Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC  | © Copyright The University of British Columbia