Call for papers

7th AELCO International Conference: "Figuring the world: Cognitive mechanisms of thought and discourse"

Dear Colleagues, The Organising Committee of the next AELCO/SCOLA conference is pleased to announce that its 7th meeting will be held in the Palace of Cardenal Lorenzana (Toledo) under the auspices of the University of Castilla-La Mancha from September 30th to October 2nd 2010.

The conference has chosen the topic of "Figuring the world: Cognitive mechanisms of thought and discourse" and aims at creating a forum of debate on those topics related to Cognitive Linguistics (e.g. the categorization of natural languages, prototypes, metaphor and metonymy, the interaction between syntax and semantics, etc.). It also aims at offering the opportunity to discuss how people use various cognitive schemas in discourse interaction focusing on who uses them, in which situations and for which purposes.

Together with plenary talks (one hour), there will be several parallel sessions and thematic sessions (organized according to topic), as well as a poster session.

In this conference, we will also hold two thematic workshops on two different areas within Cognitive Linguistics. Thus, we will have one workshop on Cognitive Sociolinguistics and another on Sensorial Perception and the role of metaphor and metonymy in its communication. Each of these workshops will consist of 5-6 papers (including keynote speakers and presentations).

The following two prizes will be awarded during the conference :

  • Pre-doctoral AELCO Prize to the best presentation (for PhD students)
  • AELCO Prize to the best poster

The participation rules will be available on the webpage of the conference and on the webpage of the Association ( Every abstract will be evaluated anonymously by members of the organising and scientific committees according to their originality, scientific rigour, clarity of exposition, thematic relevance and general quality.

We have invited the following plenary speakers:

We will also have two keynote speakers in order to organise and conduct the two Workshops of the conference:

Presentations, workshops, thematic panels and posters

The proposals for the general session, workshops, thematic sessions and posters must be sent to the webpage of the conference before 10th January 2010. The proposals for the two Workshops must specify clearly the name of the Workshops. All the proposals will get a mail confirming their acceptance or rejection at the end of February 2010 together with a report specifying the reasons for acceptance/rejection.

In order to send a proposal, members of the Association and non-members must register in the webpage of the conference ( and fill in a form with their personal data (including academic affiliation and e-mail address), and the title and abstract of the proposal. The text must not be longer than 500 words (references excluded).


Accepted papers will have 20 minutes for presentation and 8 minutes for debate.

Thematic Sessions

Thematic sessions will consist of 3-5 papers focusing on a common topic and should all be proposed together under a single title by a coordinator. The papers should be presented and discussed within the allotted time of one hour and a half. The proposals should be submitted in the same way as papers in the general session (see above), but they must include the name of the coordinator and the general title of the session


Posters will be exhibited throughout the Conference and there will be some time during the conference so that people can see and discuss them with their authors.

Thematic workshops

The papers accepted for the workshops will consist of 20 minutes of exposition followed by 10 minutes of debate.


  • Abstracts: until 25th January 2010
  • Notification of acceptance: end of February 2010
  • Reduced fees: until 20th July 2010

Important: the authors of accepted papers must register before the 15st of September 2010.


Conference Chair: Rosario Caballero
Departamento de Filología Moderna
Facultad de Letras
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Avenida Camilo Jose Cela s/n
13071 Ciudad Real (España)
Tel. + 34 926 295300 ext. 3128
Fax: + 34 926 295312

Conference Secretary: Javier Enrique Díaz Vera
Departamento de Filología Moderna
Facultad de Letras
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Avda. Camilo José Cela s/n
13071 Ciudad Real (España)
Tel. +34 926 295300 extensión: 3114
Fax +34 926 295312

Technical responsible: Sergio Aguado