DGKL5: Fifth International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, Freiburg, October 10-12, 2012
University of Freiburg

The Fifth International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association will be held from October 10-12, 2012 at the University of Freiburg. The focus of the conference will be Cognitive Linguistics in the World: Situated and Embodied Approaches.

Our Plenary Speakers

Herb Clark
Herb Clark is professor of psychology at Stanford University and, in the fall of 2012, a fellow of the FRIAS. Herb has made foundational contributions to all of his many research interests, which range across psychology, linguistics, statistics, philosophy, conversation analysis, anthropology, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. To single out just one aspect of his research, Herb is well-known for his work on common ground and joint action. At the FRIAS, he will be working on a project with the title 'Depicting as a method of communicating in everyday discourse'.

Nick Ellis
Nick Ellis is professor for psychology and linguistics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 2011 he was also an external senior fellow at the FRIAS. His research interests include psycholinguistic, cognitive scientific, applied linguistic, corpus linguistic, emergentist and behavioral genetic approaches to second and foreign language acquisition.

Heike Behrens
Heike Behrens is professor for cognitive linguistics and language acquisition with a joint affiliation in the German and English department at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She has been an external senior fellow at the Frias and she is co-speaker of the research training group Frequency effects in language in Freiburg. She specializes in first language acquisition where she takes a constructivist perspective.

Thomas Herbst
Thomas Herbst is professor for English Linguistics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is best known for his work in lexicography, valency research, and translation studies. Thomas Herbst is co-author of A valency dictionary of English (2004, De Gruyter), which provides comprehensive corpus-based descriptions of the valency of verbs, nouns, and adjectives.

Klaus-Uwe Panther
Klaus-Uwe Panther holds a research professorship at Nanjing Normal University, China; he is Professor Emeritus for English Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and since 2007 Honorary Professor at the International Studies University of Xian, China. His research links pragmatics and cognitive linguistics. Amongst many other topics, he has worked on motivation in grammar, conceptual metonymy, and pragmatic inferencing.

Daniel Casasanto
Daniel Casasanto is Professor for Psychology at the New School of Social Research in New York City. His work explores how language, culture, and bodily experiences influence the way people think, feel, and make decisions. He has worked on embodied cognition, the relation of language and thought, and the conceptualization of time and space.