Call for Papers: Eighth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-8/3.9-6.9.2014)

Thomas Hoffmann thhoffma at
Fri Jan 10 11:33:07 UTC 2014

Call for Papers
Eighth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-8)

Date: 3-Sep-2014 - 6-Sep-2014
Location: Osnabrueck, Germany
Contact Person: Thomas Hoffmann
Meeting Email: thomas.hoffmann at
Web Site:

We are pleased to announce the second call for papers for the Eighth 
International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-8), which will be 
held at the University of Osnabrück, Germany on September 3-6, 2014.

Over the last few decades, the view of grammar as a mental network of 
constructions has received great empirical support by independent 
research on first (e.g. Tomasello 2003; Diessel 2013) and second 
language acquisition (Ellis 2013), psycho- (Bencini 2013), as well as 
neurolinguistics (Pulvermüller, Shtyrov, Cappelle 2013). Moreover, 
constructional approaches have also provided important new insight into 
the diachronic evolution of languages (see Fried 2013; Barðdal 2013; 
Hilpert 2013), as well as sociolinguistic (Croft 2009; Hollmann 2013) 
and dialectal or discourse variation (Östman and Trousdale 2013). Yet, 
despite this wealth of previous research there is still much 
constructional work to be done and many questions to be addressed. Like 
all its predecessors (Berkeley, CA (2001), Helsinki (2002), Marseille 
(2004), Tokyo (2006), Austin, TX (2008), Prague (2010) and Seoul 
(2012)), the present conference is therefore going to provide an 
international forum for promoting discussion and collaboration among all 
linguists interested in constructional research and its various models 
and applications.

Furthermore, we are proud to announce that the conference will also 
celebrate the publication of the first Handbook of Constructions Grammar 
(Oxford University Press 2013) as well as the ten year anniversary of 
the open-access online journal Constructions 

Conference organizers:
Thomas Hoffmann & Alexander Bergs (chairs)
Claudia Lehmann
Meike Pentrel
Nadja Hekal

Confirmed plenary speakers:
·        Peter Auer (University of Freiburg)
·        Hans Boas (University of Texas at Austin)
·        William Croft (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
·        Miriam Fried (Charles University in Prague)
·        Laura Michaelis (University of Colorado Boulder)
·        Graeme Trousdale (Edinburgh University)
·        Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)

Category Change from a Constructional Perspective
Organizers: Muriel Norde & Kristel Van Goethem

Modelling the mechanisms: Challenges and aims for usage-based 
computational models of grammatical development
Organizers: Barend Beekhuizen, Stewart McCauley, Rens Bod, Morten 
Christiansen & Arie Verhagen

Construction Grammar and Language Contact
Organizers: Hans C. Boas & Steffen Höder

Computational Construction Grammar
Organizers: Remi van Trijp & Luc Steels

Constructionist Resources
Organizers: Ellen Dodge, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Kyoko Ohara, Miriam R. L. 
Petruck & Tiago Torrent

Modelling Genre/Register in Grammar:Constructions, Frames or Both?
Organizers: Kerstin Fischer & Kiki Nikiforidou

Abstract submission
Abstracts are invited for 20 minute presentations (plus 10 minute 
discussion). We welcome papers on any aspect of linguistic analysis, 
synchronic or diachronic, that is concerned with grammatical 
constructions and/or semantic frames. These include papers on issues in 
all areas of constructional or frame-semantic research, including 
syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, cognitive and interactional 
aspects of linguistic structure, language variation and change, language 
typology, corpus linguistics, language acquisition and learning, etc.

Abstracts should not be longer than 1 page and should not exceed 400 
words. Since all submissions will be reviewed anonymously, all 
author-specific information must be avoided.

Abstract reviewing is handled via EasyAbs, so please submit your 
abstract online to

Important dates
The new deadline for receipt of abstracts: March 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2014
Program announcement: April 1, 2014
Early registration deadline: July 15, 2014

For general questions about the conference, please write to 
thomas.hoffmann at


Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmann

Editor of Constructions

Latest Books:
T. Hoffmann and G. Trousdale, eds. 2013. The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

T. Hoffmann. 2011. Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-based Approach. (Studies in English Language.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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