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Eighth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-8) will take place at the University of Osnabrück, Germany on Septmber 3-6, 2014. The workshop is organized by Thomas Hoffmann & Alexander Bergs (chairs), Claudia Lehmann, and Meike Pentrel. Details can be found at the conference website and any additional inquiries can be directed at Thomas Hoffmann (

Important dates

The new deadline for receipt of abstracts: March 1, 2014

Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2014

Program announcement: April 1, 2014

Early registration deadline: July 15, 2014



We are pleased to announce the second call for papers for the Eighth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-8), which will be held at the University of Osnabrück, Germany on September 3-6, 2014.

Over the last few decades, the view of grammar as a mental network of constructions has received great empirical support by independent research on first (e.g. Tomasello 2003; Diessel 2013) and second language acquisition (Ellis 2013), psycho- (Bencini 2013), as well as neurolinguistics (Pulvermüller, Shtyrov, Cappelle 2013). Moreover, constructional approaches have also provided important new insight into the diachronic evolution of languages (see Fried 2013; Barðdal 2013; Hilpert 2013), as well as sociolinguistic (Croft 2009; Hollmann 2013) and dialectal or discourse variation (Östman and Trousdale 2013). Yet, despite this wealth of previous research there is still much constructional work to be done and many questions to be addressed. Like all its predecessors (Berkeley, CA (2001), Helsinki (2002), Marseille (2004), Tokyo (2006), Austin, TX (2008), Prague (2010) and Seoul (2012)), the present conference is therefore going to provide an international forum for promoting discussion and collaboration among all linguists interested in constructional research and its various models and applications.

Furthermore, we are proud to announce that the conference will also celebrate the publication of the first Handbook of Constructions Grammar (Oxford University Press 2013) as well as the ten year anniversary of the open-access online journal Constructions (

Confirmed plenary speakers:

·        Peter Auer (University of Freiburg)

·        Hans Boas (University of Texas at Austin)

·        William Croft (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)

·        Miriam Fried (Charles University in Prague)

·        Laura Michaelis (University of Colorado Boulder)

·        Graeme Trousdale (Edinburgh University)

·        Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)


Category Change from a Constructional Perspective

Organizers: Muriel Norde & Kristel Van Goethem

Modelling the mechanisms: Challenges and aims for usage-based computational models of grammatical development

Organizers: Barend Beekhuizen, Stewart McCauley, Rens Bod, Morten Christiansen & Arie Verhagen

Construction Grammar and Language Contact

Organizers: Hans C. Boas & Steffen Höder

Computational Construction Grammar

Organizers: Remi van Trijp & Luc Steels

Constructionist Resources

Organizers: Ellen Dodge, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Kyoko Ohara, Miriam R. L. Petruck & Tiago Torrent

Modelling Genre/Register in Grammar:Constructions, Frames or Both?

Organizers: Kerstin Fischer & Kiki Nikiforidou


Abstract submission

Abstracts are invited for 20 minute presentations (plus 10 minute discussion). We welcome papers on any aspect of linguistic analysis, synchronic or diachronic, that is concerned with grammatical constructions and/or semantic frames. These include papers on issues in all areas of constructional or frame-semantic research, including syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, cognitive and interactional aspects of linguistic structure, language variation and change, language typology, corpus linguistics, language acquisition and learning, etc.

Abstracts should not be longer than 1 page and should not exceed 400 words. Since all submissions will be reviewed anonymously, all author-specific information must be avoided.

Abstract reviewing is handled via EasyAbs, so please submit your abstract online to





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