Grammars in Construction(s) - Grammaires en Construction(s)

Third International AFLiCo Conference / Troisième colloque international de l'AFLiCo

University Paris Ouest - Nanterre - La Défense - May 27, 28, 29 2009 / Université Paris Ouest - Nanterre - La Défense - 27, 28, 29 mai 2009


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Early-bird registration is now closed. You can still register, but a unique late-registration fee will apply (100 euros). The registration form is available HERE or in the left column.

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Conference room equipment

Each room is exclusively equipped with a videoprojector (=beamer) and a pc with Powerpoint. Unfortunately, we do not provide Mac computers.

We ask each participant who has planned a Powerpoint presentation to transfer their .ppt file onto the pc from a USB key before the session starts (during coffee break).

For technical reasons, it won't be possible to connect a computer (whether Mac or pc) other than the one we provide to the videoprojector. Indeed, the 'salle des conférences' and the main amphitheater require a specific setup for the videoprojector to be recognized by the pc (and vice-versa). We cannot be held responsible for any compatibility issue, which is why we strongly advise you to conduct compatibility tests beforehand, especially if you have prepared your presentation on a Mac. Thanks!

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place on Thursday, May 28th at 8pm at the Maison de la Mutualité (Monge dining hall), 24 rue St Victor, in Paris (nearest metro stations: Maubert-Mutualité or Cardinal Lemoine). Here is a map. To get there from the university, follow this public transport route.

The Third International conference of the French Cognitive Linguistics Association will be held at the University of Paris 10-Nanterre. Participation at this conference is open to any researcher in France or abroad, and not restricted to AFLiCo members.

Plenary speakers

Hans C. BOAS (University of Texas at Austin, USA) abstract (pdf)
Gilles FAUCONNIER (University of California, San Diego, USA) abstract (pdf)
Jacques FRANCOIS (University of Caen, France) abstract (pdf)
Adele GOLDBERG (Princeton University, USA) abstract (pdf)
Stéphane ROBERT (CNRS, LLACAN, France) abstract (pdf)
Bernard VICTORRI (CNRS, Lattice, ENS, France) abstract (pdf)
Richard WATTS (University of Bern, Switzerland) abstract (pdf)

Conference themes

The conference aims at bringing together and strengthening the network of cognitive linguistics working in France and abroad, to continue the network of discussion and collaboration set in motion by the first two AFLiCo conferences held in Bordeaux (2005) and Lille (2007).

The concept of grammar is of crucial importance to the cognitive linguistics framework and forms the basis for numerous research topics. As a constructed cognitive entity (by linguists or speakers), and/or an emergent one, grammar lies at the heart of considerable theoretical issues. The core position currently held by grammar is thus one to be questioned.

Drawing on the themes from the last two AFLiCo conferences, we will examine the concept of grammar in regard to its place in cognitive linguistics, as well as in regard to its place in variants of the model, which range from Langacker’s Cognitive Grammar to so-called construction grammars. This year, the focus will be on the latter. In the wake of Charles Fillmore and Paul Kay’s work, construction grammars endeavor to describe grammar not in terms of “words and lists” (as in generative grammar) but in terms of grammatical constructions whose overall meanings are not predictable from their respective component structures. This enterprise was initially limited to idiomatic constructions (e.g., throw in the towel, kick the bucket, etc.) but swiftly developed to deal with more general constructions (cf. Adele Goldberg’s work on meaningful argument structure). The idea that grammar is composed of constructions – previously identifiable in the works of George Lakoff and Ronald Langacker – currently fuels a vast paradigm and applies to a large variety of linguistic phenomena in morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.

General Session

The 3rd AFLiCo conference will also provide the occasion to address more general points of discussion in relation to the question of grammar (non-exhaustive list):

  • The notion of linguistic units as linked to other concepts such as entrenchment or frequency of occurrence
  • Comparisons between different traditions (American and European) regarding the establishment of a linguistic unit as a cognitive routine, lexicalization, the symbolic thesis, etc.
  • The acquisition of grammar (L1, L2)
  • Constructions and diachrony
  • The grammaticalization of constructions
  • Methodological concerns (e.g. constitution and uses of corpora)
  • Grammars of gesture and kinesic systems
  • The role of conceptual integration networks and grammatical blending in grammar
  • The extension of cognitive linguistics into socio-pragmatics

Thematic Sessions

Organizers of theme sessions are kindly asked to provide the following information:

  • a short description of their session topic (300-500 words);
  • an indication of the structure proposed for the whole session: order of presentations, discussant contributions, breaks, and general discussion by the audience;
  • the abstracts from all of their speakers, accompanied by all the information requested in the abstract specifications below.

Proponents can choose the internal structuring of their Theme Session provided that the overall timetable of the conference (notably coffee and lunch breaks) is kept intact. Ideally, a theme session should take no longer than a whole morning or afternoon. For any further detail you may need in the organization of your theme session, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers.

Submission procedure

Abstracts will be submitted to a double, blind review. They should be fully anonymous and not exceed 500 words (references excluded). To be sent via email as attachment (MS-WORD doc or rtf, OpenOffice, PDF) to:



Please put in the subject line: “abstract AFLICO 3”. In the body of the mail, please specify:
- author(s)
- title
- affiliation of author(s)
- presentation or poster
- thematic sessions or general session
- 3 - 5 keywords

Important dates

  • Abstracts accepted from September 15, 2008
  • Abstract deadline:
    • general session: December 15, 2008
    • thematic sessions: December 8, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance: February 14, 2009
  • Registration opens : February 14, 2009
  • Registration deadline: April 3rd, 2009
  • Conference: May 27, 28, 29, 2009

Submissions for papers will be evaluated by a scientific board (double blind review).

Organizing committee

assisted by:

  • Dylan Glynn (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Simon Harrison (ENS Lyon, France)


  • Danielle Joseph (MoDyCo - CNRS)

Reception committee

  • Diana Balaci (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • Naďma Ben Bourenane (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • Julie Glikman (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • Maria Kihlstedt (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • René-Joseph Lavie (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • Sarah Leroy (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • Maxence Lureau (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • Léda Mansour (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)
  • Valelia Muni Toke (MoDyCo - Université Paris 10)

Scientific committee

President: Dominique Legallois (MCF, Université de Caen)

Michel Achard (Professor, Rice University)
Didier Bottineau (Chargé de recherche, Université de Paris 10)
Dominique Boutet (MCF, Université Evry Val d'Essonne, Université Paris 8)
Cristiano Broccias (University of Genoa)
Rémi Camus (MCF, Université de Caen)
Jose Deulofeu (Professeur, Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille 1)
Pierre Encreve (Directeur d'études, EHESS)
Gilles Fauconnier (Professor, University of California, San Diego)
Jean-Michel Fortis (CNRS, Paris 7)
Jacques François (Professeur, Université de Caen)
Dylan Glynn (Research fellow, University of Leuven)
Craig Hamilton (Assoc. Prof., Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse-Colmar)
Martin Haspelmath (Prof. Dr., Max-Planck-Institut, Leipzig)
Hans-Petter Helland (Professor, University of Oslo)
Willem Hollmann (Lecturer, University of Lancaster)
Sylvain Kahane (Professeur, Université de Paris 10)
Anne Lacheret (Professeur, Université de Paris 10)
Bernard Laks (Professeur, Université de Paris 10)
Jean-Remi Lapaire (Professeur, Université de Bordeaux 3)
Peter Lauwers (Lecturer, Universities of Ghent & Leuven)
Danielle Leeman (Professeur, Université de Paris 10)
Maarten Lemmens (Professeur, Université de Lille 3)
Sarah Leroy (CR, MoDyCo-CNRS, Université de Paris 10)
Lorenza Mondada (Professeur, Université Lumičre - Lyon 2)
Wilfrid Rotge (Professeur, Université de Paris 10)
Dominique Willems (Prof, Dr., University of Ghent)

An event organized by MoDyCo

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