The last few years have seen a growing interest for Cognitive Linguistics in France, resulting in new studies and stimulating exchanges. After various cognitively-oriented conferences and workshops, it was time to establish in France a more general hub for discussion, which motivated the creation of the French Association for Cognitive Linguistics (AFLiCo) in 2005.

Although Cognitive Linguistics is the main focus of the AFLiCo, the association aims to maintain a constructive and profitable discussion with the various French theoretical approaches in linguistics. In doing so, it will differ from the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (, with which the AFLiCo is also associated since its creation. The AFliCo aims to include French scholars working in various theoretical frameworks and to encourage them to take an active part in its activities.

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Call for papers: AFLiCo 8 "Language, Cognition, and Creativity"
Mulhouse, France, 5-7 June 2019

8th International Biennial Conference of the French Association for Cognitive Linguistics (AFLiCo)

University of Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, France

Wednesday 5 June 2019 to Friday 7 June 2019

Confirmed keynote speakers

Laura Hildalgo DOWNING (Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Spain)

Andreas LANGLOTZ (University of Basel, Switzerland)

Jeannette LITTLEMORE (University of Birmingham, UK)

Hans-Joerg SCHMID (LMU Munich, Germany)

Elena SEMINO (Lancaster University, UK)

Mark TURNER (Case Western Reserve University, USA)


This will be the 8th biennial international conference of AFLiCo, the French Association for Cognitive Linguistics ( It follows the previous AFLiCo international conferences held in Bordeaux (2005), Lille (2007), Nanterre (2009), Lyon (2011), Lille (2013), Grenoble (2015), and Liege (2017).

We welcome 20 minute presentations (with 8 minutes for follow-up questions) from researchers interested in linguistic creativity. Interdisciplinary papers are welcome which address verbal creativity in conversations, humor, written communication, the verbal arts, multimodal forms, gestures, etc. Because creativity is of interest to many different researchers (see scientific statement below), we also welcome papers from those working on creativity in fields such as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, and psychology. The organizers especially encourage young researchers to submit an abstract. Presentations may be made in French or English.

Submission procedure

Abstract submission is to be done via a login on the conference website ( Abstracts will be submitted to double blind review. They should be fully anonymous and not exceed 500 words (references excluded). Indicate if you wish to present a poster or give a paper in the general session.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 1 December 2019

Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2019

Conference dates: 5 June 2019 to 7 June 2019

Conference dinner to end the conference: 8 pm - 11 pm, Friday 7 June 2019


Details about the registration procedure, registration deadlines, and local hotels will be posted on the conference website as soon as they become available ( AFLiCo members, students, and early birds will be eligible for reduced registration fees.


We encourage submission of articles based on conference presentations or poster in our on-line peer-reviewed journal CogniTextes (