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Workshop: Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.2 (EMCL-5.2), University of Chicago, Application Deadline March 15

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.2


The Integration of Corpus and Experimental Methods

Monday-Saturday, June 13-18, 2011

at the University of Chicago

The Center for the Study of Languages (CSL)
together with
The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES),
at the University of Chicago


Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.2 (EMCL-5.2) — Chicago
The Integration of Corpus and Experimental Methods

Monday-Saturday, June 13-18, 2011, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois USA


Application Deadline: March 15, 2011
PDF Flier available for download here

Call for Participation

We invite applications to the next workshop on Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics – EMCL 5.2 – to be held at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), June 13-18, 2011.

The EMCL workshop series aims to encourage dialogue between language researchers who routinely employ different methodologies. This dialogue is initiated within an environment where novices and specialists combine their skills to develop a research project together. For EMCL 5.2, we will focus on the integration of corpus and experimental methods in language research.

Intended audience: Early career language researchers (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty, etc.) grounded in theoretical issues surrounding cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, embodiment, and/or situated cognition. No prior training with corpus or experimental methods is necessary.

Format: Selected students (maximum 8 per group, for a total of 24) will be invited to join one of the 3 hands-on mini-labs at the workshop. Each group will be led by two researchers who will work cooperatively – one specializing in corpus methods, and one in experimental methods. As a group, each mini-lab will walk through the process of deciding on a research question; developing empirically testable hypotheses and designing the means to test those hypotheses; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting the data; and presenting their findings before an audience. The workshop will end with a mini-conference in which each group will have the opportunity to present their study and participate in a general discussion.

Workshop faculty

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Michele Feist
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Research interests: lexical semantics; spatial and motion language; acquisition of semantics; linguistic typology; language and thought
Dagmar Divjak
University of Sheffield
Research interests: lexical semantics, usage-based cognitive linguistics, the role of frequency, corpus methods, grammar-lexis interface, near-synonyms, aspect and modality, language acquisition
Laura Carlson
University of Notre Dame
Research interests: spatial language; spatial reference frames; how we remember and use landmarks; why we get lost
Steven Clancy
University of Chicago
Research interests: cognitive linguistics; case semantics and verbal semantics; grammaticalization; historical linguistics; quantitative methods and corpus methods
Ben Bergen
University of California San Diego
Research interests: lexical and constructional meaning processing; figurative language comprehension; embodiment in models of language use
Mark Davies
Brigham Young University
Research interests: corpus design, creation, and use; historical change (especially syntax); genre-based variation (especially syntax), frequency and collocational data; English, Spanish, and Portuguese


Accommodations are available within easy walking distance of the university; prices range from $60+ per night for a single, or $80+ per night for a double. Further information will be given to accepted participants after notification of acceptance to the workshop.

Participation fee: $300.00

Fees will cover the costs of organization and faculty travel and accommodations and will also cover most meals for participants during the workshop.


To apply, please send the following:
1. A letter of application, maximum of two pages, describing
a. Your background and research interests
b. Your reasons for wanting to participate in EMCL 5.2
c. The research group you would like to work in and why
2. A copy of your curriculum vitae.

Send these materials to
The application deadline is 15 March 2011. Accepted applicants will be notified on or before 1 May 2011.

**Please note: Participation is strictly limited to accepted applicants so as to preserve the pedagogical integrity of the workshop atmosphere.

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We thank the following organizations for their generous support of EMCL 5.2

The Center for the Study of Languages
The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)

EMCL 5.2 Organizing Committee:

Michele I. Feist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Steven Clancy, University of Chicago

*Further Information*

Please contact Michele Feist <> or Steven Clancy <> if you have any questions or would like to receive further information about this workshop. A PDF flier is available for download here.

* EMCL-5.2 Fees *

The EMCL-5.2 participation fee is $300.00. Fees will cover the costs of organization and faculty travel and accommodations and will also cover most meals for participants during the workshop.

Meals and coffee breaks included in registration fees:

  • Monday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Dinner
  • Tuesday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks
  • Wednesday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Dinner
  • Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks
  • Friday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Coffee Breaks

NOTE: Participants will be on their own for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Payment will be due after you have been notified of acceptance to the workshop. Please make checks payable to: The University of Chicago. Payments via credit/debit card cannot be accepted. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by e-mail.  If you have any questions about your application, please contact: Steven Clancy <>.

Please send checks for participation fees to:

Steven Clancy
Center for the Study of Languages
University of Chicago
1130 E. 59th St., Foster 406
Chicago, IL 60637


The University of Chicago campus is located in Hyde Park south of downtown Chicago (map of Hyde Park). The Center for the Study of Languages can be found off the main quad of campus (map) between 57th and 59th Streets along Ellis Avenue.

Driving: Campus is accessible from the 57th Street exit off of Lake Shore Drive, or coming from I-90/94 at the Garfield Blvd exit.

Transit: The Garfield stops of the Red and Green line “L” trains, to the 55, x55 or 174 buses. Many buses run from downtown: 2, 4, 6, 173. The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) website features a trip planner.

The Metra train leaves from the station at the intersection of Randolph and Michigan Avenues or Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue. The train takes about 20 minutes to get to the 55th-56th-57th Street stop. Schedules can be found here. From the station stop, it is about a 15 minute walk to campus.

Taxi: Expect an average taxi ride from downtown to campus to cost approximately 25 dollars. Ride sharing is allowed in Chicago taxis.

Parking is permitted along most streets around The University of Chicago and Hyde Park. It is suggested that you leave extra time to park and walk depending on availability of parking spaces. There are parking lots in a few places as well. University of Chicago parking information is available here.

The workshop has secured a block of 9 single dorm-style rooms and 1 shared room in McCormick Seminary Guest Housing ($60 per night for a single room; $90 per night for a double room). The address is 1400 E. 57th St. and phone is (773) 947-2950. Please refer to the “Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics Workshop” when you make your reservation. Other options include dorm/hostel-style rooms at the International House. Both of these locations are within easy walking distance of the university. Participants are encouraged to make reservations promptly after notification of acceptance to the workshop.

If you would prefer to stay in Downton Chicago, you may find information on Downtown/Loop hotels that offer University of Chicago visitor discounts here andhere. There are also a limited number of Bed and Breakfasts in Hyde Park (COMING SOON). Information about other area accommodations may be found here (COMING SOON).

Contact the conference organizers:

Steven Clancy
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois USA

Michele I. Feist
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana USA


Last updated: 1 February 2011

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CfP: The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) Conference, Abstract Deadline April 8

American University (Washington, DC, USA) and the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association present

October 14-16, 2011
American University (Washington, DC, USA)

The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) announces the Call for Papers for the 2011 annual conference. The conference will be held on the campus of American University (Washington, DC, USA) on Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Keynote speakers:

Gilles Fauconnier, UC San Diego
Jacques Moeschler, Université de Genève
Naomi Baron, American University

Abstracts are invited for presentations addressing issues of significance for cognitive linguistics with some bearing on data from the Slavic languages. As long as there is a cognitive orientation, papers may be on synchronic or diachronic topics in any of the traditional areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis, or sociolinguistics. In addition to the Slavic Languages, relevant papers on other languages of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are also acceptable.

Abstracts may be submitted up until the deadline of April 8, 2011 to Abstracts should be approximately 500 words, but strict word limits are not required. Notification of acceptance will be provided by May 31, 2011. The abstract should be submitted as a word or pdf file as an attachment to an email message with “SCLC abstract submission” in the subject headline. Abstracts should be anonymous, but the author’s name, affiliation and contact information should be included in the email message.

Most presentations at SCLC are given in English, but may be in the native (Slavic) language of the presenter. However, if the presentation is not to be made in English we ask that you provide an abstract in English in addition to an abstract in any other SCLA language. Each presentation will be given 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Information on transportation, accommodations, and the conference venue will be forthcoming. Please see the conference website for further information.

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