This is to briefly update ICLC members (and other visitors to this
site) on the upcoming conference, ICLC-12.
A provisional, but fully detailed, conference programme is now
available. With almost 400 papers, by authors and co-authors from 44
countries, ICLC-12 looks set to be the largest bi-annual conference
yet in the history of the Association. This is fitting, because we
shall be celebrating in Edmonton a quarter of a century of Cognitive
Linguistics as an organized and organizing presence in the scientific
and scholarly world. Those of us who were present at the 1989
conference in Duisburg organized by Ren$$ Dirven will recall the
electric atmosphere, the sense of intellectual adventure and the
expectation that something was afoot that would bring profound changes
to the discipline of Linguistics. The expectation has been borne
out. Cognitive Linguistics is a thriving and diverse research
community. In coming of age, Cognitive Linguistics has not petrified
into a body of unchallengeable dogma. The research of the "founding fathers"
that inspired us at (and after) Duisburg remains a key point of
reference for researchers around the world, but new research
directions are continually emerging, and new links to sister
disciplines continue to be forged.
The range and variety of work that will be presented in Edmonton is
amazing and impressive. We can also look forward to searching and
impassioned debates on the future of Cognitive Linguistics, and on the
impact that the increasing engagement of Cognitive linguists with
lesser-known, endangered and minority languages will have upon both
theory and practice. The organizers, Sally Rice and John Newman, have
put in a tremendous amount of work, and I have no doubt that the
result will be a conference every bit as memorable as the one in
Duisburg. The conference organizers and the ICLA Board look forward to
seeing you in Edmonton.
Chris Sinha, President
To ICLA Members, August 2011
Dear ICLA members,
Many thanks to Dafu Yang, Rong Cheng, Thomas Li and Dingfang Shu who
created the conditions for a successful and pleasant ICLC 11 at the
campus of Xi'an International Studies University in Xi'an, China.
The following new ICLA Board for 2011-2013 was elected at the Xi'an
President: Chris Sinha
Secretary/Treasurer: Ad Foolen (continued from 2007-2011 term)
Maarten Lemmens (reelected)
Ex officio members:
Ewa Dabrowska (continuing editor of Cognitive Linguistics)
Laura Janda (Past President)
Sally Rice and John Newman (next conference organizers).
ICLC-12 will take place in 2013 in Canada in Edmonton, Alberta, with
organizers Sally Rice and John Newman. ICLC 13 will take place in the
UK at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.
Two new ICLA affiliates were approved at the conference: The Estonian
Cognitive Linguistics Association (ECLA) and the Norwegian Cognitive
Linguistics Association (NORKOG). We anticipate that conferences and
workshops will be held by the new affiliates as Cognitive Linguistics
continues to strengthen as a field in their respective countries.
The minutes of the Board and Business Meetings at ICLC 11 in Xi'an
will be on the ICLA website (www.cogling.org) in the near future.
[Link added by webmaster: Board and Business
Chris Sinha, President
Ad Foolen, Secretary/Treasurer