1st Call for Papers

Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2021

Łódź, 23-25 September 2021

The Institute of English, University of Lodz, and the Polish Cognitive Linguistic Association/PCLA are pleased to announce the annual international conference Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2021. The conference will take place from 23 to 25 September 2021 (Thursday to Saturday) at the Faculty of Philology, Pomorska Str. 171/173 (http://filolog.uni.lodz.pl/).

Conference topics

We invite proposals of papers and theme sessions on the following aspects of cognitive linguistic enterprise:

  • experiential basis of meaning
  • embodiment of meaning
  • multimodality
  • meaning construal (metaphor, metonymy, metaphor-metonymy interaction, mental spaces, blending) from synchronic and diachronic perspectives
  • image schemas and their properties
  • categorization in language and linguistics
  • universal vs. culture-specific conceptualizations
  • cross-linguistic patterns in conceptualizations of space, time, mind, morality, and the self
  • linguistic relativity
  • semantic frames, domains, and idealized cognitive models
  • the role of context in language use
  • cognition and translation
  • cognitive aspects of non-verbal communication
  • cognitive views of grammar (linguistic categories, constructions, grammaticalization)
  • cognitive categories in art, culture, and politics

Presentations and theme sessions

Please send proposals of oral presentations to ptjk2021@uni.lodz.pl by 31 March 2021. Each abstract (ca. 500 words, including bibliographical entries in APA format) will be peer-reviewed. The proponents will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their proposal by 30 April 2021. Each participant will be allowed 20 minutes for their presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion. It is recommended that one participant should present no more than one paper. Conference languages are English and Polish.
Proposals of theme session should be submitted to ptjk2021@uni.lodz.pl by 28 February 2021. A theme session proposal should include the title, a description (ca. 300 words, including bibliography in APA format), and a list of presenters. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 15 March 2021. Once a theme session is accepted, papers should be individually submitted for review by 31 March 2021.


The organizers plan to publish selected peer-reviewed papers in two thematic volumes with an international publisher in 2022 or 2023 and in a special issue of the journal Lodz Papers in Pragmatics in 2023. Conference participants are also encouraged to submit papers to PCLA’s electronic journal LaMiCuS – Language, Mind, Culture and Society.

We look forward to meeting you next year!
Prof. dr Krzysztof Kosecki
Dr hab. Mikołaj Deckert