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Calls: Psycholinguistics/Poland

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Date: 04-May-2022
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Subject: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Embodiment and Relativity 2022
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Full Title: Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Embodiment and Relativity 2022
Short Title: CoNSoLER 2022

Date: 07-Oct-2022 - 09-Oct-2022
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Guillaume Thierry
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Jun-2022

Meeting Description:

The idea that the language one speaks may shape the way one sees the world, captured in Benjamin Lee Whorf's linguistic relativity principle, has prompted highly contrasted views and vigorous debate amongst academics for almost a century.

Theoretical linguists and psychologists, like Noam Chomsky or Steven Pinker, have dismissed the idea entirely, in part because it was incompatible with the theoretical framework of Universal Grammar. Cognitive neuroscientists and experimental psychologists, like Friedemann Pülvermüller or Larry Barsalou, have embraced it as self-evident given the considerable overlap in substrates underpinning language and other cognitive functions in the human brain.

The quest for an optimal evidentiary basis to inform the debate is difficult, however, and many an experimental paradigm is often criticised on the basis that it provides insufficiently controlled stimuli or procedures to support strong conclusions. Whilst language-based studies involving overt reports and questionnaires often fail to acknowledge that they cannot test cognitive effects beyond the realm of language, testing bilinguals systematically downplays the fact that the two languages of a bilingual individual are likely active at the same time.

The debate, if there is to be one, thus calls for triangulation of approaches that test the influence of verbal representations on cognitive processes that are not readily and mandatorily meditated by language (e.g., memory, categorisation), that tap into implicit processes that are mostly unconscious rather than strategic (e.g., somatotopic activation, visual perception), and that explore developmental trajectories as well as a linguistic diversity more representative of the world's population.

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Embodiment and Relativity (CoNSoLER) conference brings together experimental linguists, psycholinguists, and cognitive neuroscientists to identify and present the most convincing evidence available to date that probe the validity and scope of the linguistic relativity principle, in preparation for a special issue of the Cognitive Neuroscience Series of Language Learning.

Keynote Speakers

Rasha Abdel Rahman
Panos Athanasopoulos
Friedemann Pülvermüller


The conference will be held at the Collegium Heliodori Święcicki, Grunwaldzka 6, 60-781 Poznań at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland


This conference and the editing of the special issue of Language Learning which will follow from it are sponsored by WILEY and Adam Mickiewicz University.

Special Issue of Language Learning

CoNSoLER-2022 proceedings will be published in the forms of empirical and theoretical contributions in a special issue of Langage Learning within the Cognitive Neuroscience Series (Mid 2024).

Organizing Committee

Guillaume Thierry (Chair)
Katarzyna Bromberek-Dyzman
Ewa Kudelska
Katarzyna Jankowiak
Rafał Jończyk
Marcin Naranovicz
Agnieszka Nowak
Olga Witczak

Call for Papers:

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome: Oral presentations and Posters

Papers and Posters reporting results from experiments using methods that have a tangible relation to brain function are particularly encouraged (e.g., electrophysiology, in particular EEG and MEG, fMRI, NIRS, TMS, tDCS...), but also studies using methods from behavioural neuroscience such as eye-tracking, electrodermal conductivity, and modelling.


List of Topics

Empirical studies of linguistic relativity and embodiment
Evidence for or theoretical account of effects of language diversity on cognition and considerations of interlingual differences
Behavioural evidence for language - cognition interactions at any level (perceptual, attentional, affective, conceptual, decisional...)
Neurophysiological evidence from any method (e.g., electrophysiology, in particular EEG and MEG, fMRI, NIRS, TMS, tDCS...) for effects of language representations (word, expressions, metaphors, or grammatical constructs) on cognitive processing at any level

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