CFP: Inaugural Conference of the Cognitive Linguistics Association of North America (CLANA)

We are pleased to announce that the Inaugural Conference of the Cognitive Linguistic Association of North America (CLANA1) will be held in Montreal from June 27, 2024 through June 29th, 2024.

We welcome submissions on any topic that takes a cognitive-functional, typological, and/or discourse approach to the study of language and cognition. These include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Applied linguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Cognitive Grammar
  • Cognitive semiotics
  • Cognitive sociolinguistics
  • Construction Grammar
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Language acquisition/development
  • Frame semantics
  • Gesture
  • Language acquisition/development
  • Language change and grammaticalization
  • Language evolution
  • Language processing
  • Metaphor and/or metonymy
  • Motion and space
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Pragmatics and cognition

Conference format

The conference will feature two presentation formats. Talks will be scheduled for 20 minutes followed by 5–10 minutes for questions and discussion. A poster session will also be scheduled during the conference.

The conference languages are American Sign Language (ASL) and English. ASL-English interpretering will be provided at the conference.

Submission Guidelines

Conference abstracts may be submitted in American Sign Language (ASL) or English.

An author's name may appear on a maximum of two submissions. This means that each author may have up to two papers submitted to the conference. Only one single-authored paper submission is allowed per author.

Written abstracts

Written abstract submissions should not exceed 500 words (excluding examples and references). Please copy & paste the title and text from your abstract into the EasyChair window, anonymized for authorship. At the end of your abstract (in the text box), write your preference for format: "talk only," "poster only," or "either format."

You are not required to submit a PDF unless you want to submit figures or other graphics. If you wish to upload a PDF of your full anonymized abstract, please write "see pdf" in the abstract window in EasyChair. You will also be asked to provide at least three keywords.

Video abstracts

ASL video abstracts may be submitted by sending a video in MP4 format to Corrine Occhino at Videos abstracts should be limited to three minutes. In your written email, include the full names of all authors, author affiliation(s), and the title for your presentation, and your preference for format: "talk only," "poster only," or "either format." In your video, you may include the title of your presentation, but do not include author names in the video.


Abstract Submission Deadline: April 5, 2024

Notification of whether abstract is accepted: late April 2024

Conference Organizers

  • Terry Janzen, University of Manitoba
  • Daz Saunders, University of Manitoba (formerly, Université du Québec à Montréal)


The conference will be held at the central campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The campus is located among two vibrant neighborhoods in central Montreal, the Quartier Latin [Latin Quarter] and the Quartier des spectacles [Entertainment District]. UQAM is directly accessible from the Berri-UQAM and Place-des-Arts metro stations and can also be accessed via bicycle paths.


Please send questions related to the call for papers to Corrine Occhino and Laura Ruth-Hirrel at


1. Le Groupe de recherche sur la LSQ (UQAM)

2. Institut des sciences cognitives (UQAM)

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