CFP: Cognitive and Functional Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Languages 29.05-01.06.2008

Florian Siegl florian.siegl at
Sun Jul 1 05:18:51 UTC 2007

This conference call has been sent on several mailing list but apparently was not yet announced on Ura-List. I just thought of forwarding it to get the "message" delivered to those of us who deal with Uralic Languages. 

Are there any potential interests for a session on Samoyedic? I'm not involved with this conference myself, but as it is very seldom that Samoyedologist meet why not give it a try? Alternatively what about a special session on minor Uralic languages (minor understood as less-studied)? Any discussion on or off-list welcome!

Florian Siegl 

Documentation of Enets and Forest Nenets
DOBES Tartu-Göttingen

Cognitive and Functional Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Languages

To be held at the University of Tartu, Estonia
>From May 29 to June 1, 2008


cognitive and functional studies on grammar
dynamics of language
synchronic and diachronic language change
language contact: aspects of grammar
usage-based approaches and models
emergent grammar
language typology
language evolution
Uralic languages

Plenary speakers:

Bernd Heine
Ronald Langacker
Ewa Dabrowska
Martin Haspelmath


The aim of the conference is to bring together linguists working in the 
functional and cognitive linguistic paradigms. We invite linguists who 
take a functional and/or cognitive perspective in describing and 
explaining linguistic phenomena in the language(s) they are researching 
and those working on language dynamics from a functional or cognitive 
perspective to participate.
We especially encourage linguists working on the Uralic languages to 
submit papers, in the hope of expanding the Cognitive Linguistic 
paradigm with data from these languages; researchers involved with other 
languages and language families are, of course, also most welcome. We 
also encourage papers on grammaticalization and those looking at the 
role of oral and written forms, or different language varieties, in 
language change, as well as changes in grammar resulting from language 
contact. Furthermore, presentations dealing with different usage-based 
models, including construction grammar, are also welcome.


University of Tartu
Estonian Cognitive Linguistics Association

Important dates

First call for papers and theme sessions: June 29, 2007
Second call for papers and theme sessions: September 7, 2007
Deadline for Theme Sessions submissions: October 1, 2007
Notification of acceptance for Theme Sessions: December 15, 2007
Third call for general session papers: January 7, 2008
Deadline for general session papers: January 15, 2008
Notification of acceptance for general session papers: February 15, 2008
Program available at the website: April 15, 2008
Conference dates: May 29 – June 1, 2008

For theme session organizers:

On October 1, 2007 we will be expecting your session title and the 
expected number of papers to be presented at the session.
On February 15, 2008 we will be expecting the description of your theme 
session and the participants' abstracts.

Submissions guidelines

Abstracts (max. 500 words (including references)) should be submitted 
electronically to ecla at <mailto:ecla at>

Conference website

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