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Speaker No. 22
CIFCL-17, 25-29  Dec, 2017



 
Jeffrey M. Zacks is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Professor of Radiology, at Washington University in Saint Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from Yale University and his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University in 1999. His research has been funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
He has served as Associate Editor of the journals Cognition, Cognitive Research: Principles & Implications, and Collabra, and as Chair of the governing board of the Psychonomic Society, the leading association of experimental psychologists. He is the recipient of scientific awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Foundation, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, the Midwest Psychological Association, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists.
Zacks is the author of two books, Flicker: Your Brain on Movies and Event Cognition (with G.A. Radvansky), and co-editor of Understanding Events (with Thomas F. Shipley). He has published more than 80 journal articles and also has written for Salon, Aeon, and The New York Times.
E-mail: jzacks@wustl.edu 
Speaker No. 21
CIFCL-16, 28 Nov-2 Dec, 2016
 
Cliff Goddard
Cliff Goddard is Professor of Linguistics at Griffith University, Australia. He is a leading proponent of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach to language, meaning, and culture, originated by Anna Wierzbicka. He has published extensively on topics in descriptive and theoretical semantics, ethnopragmatics, language description, and linguistic typology. His major publications include the edited volumes Ethnopragmatics (2006, Mouton de Gruyter), Cross-Linguistic Semantics (2008, Benjamins), and “Happiness” and “Pain” Across Languages and Cultures, co-edited with Zhengdao Ye (in press, Benjamins). He is the author of two textbooks Semantic Analysis (2nd ed., 2011, OUP) and The Languages of East and Southeast Asia (2005, OUP). His most recent book is Words and Meanings: Lexical Semantics Across Domains, Languages and Cultures, co-authored with Anna Wierzbicka (2014, OUP). Professor Goddard is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. 
 
Speaker No. 20
CIFCL-15, 23-27 May, 2016
 
Nikolas Gisborne
Nikolas Gisborne is the Professor of Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, where he has worked since 2002. Before moving to Edinburgh, he taught at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Cambridge, having graduated with a PhD in Linguistics from University College London. Gisborne works on syntax and semantics, particularly event structure and predication, and on language change. He works with a networkbased theory of language and cognitive structure, and is interested in the theoretical question of how to model a formal theory of language so that it is cognitively and psychologically plausible.
 
Speaker No. 19
CIFCL-14, 13-17 Oct, 2014
 
 Phillip Wolff

Phillip Wolff received his PhD from Northwestern University and is currently Associate Professor of Psychology and Interim Director of the Program in Linguistics. Dr. Wolff’s research focuses on the representation of relational concepts and on the language-thought interface. He has conducted research on the semantics of verbs and prepositions and their relationship to the nonlinguistic conceptual system, with special emphasis on the large-scale structure of the verb lexicon and on the role of forces in the representation of causal expressions. Dr. Wolff’s research involves a range of methodologies, including those from psychophysics, computational linguistics, computer visualization, and cross-linguistic comparisons.
E-mail: pwolff@emory.edu 

Speaker No. 18
CIFCL-13, 5-9 Nov, 2013
 
 Ronald Langacker

Ronald W. Langacker received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois in 1966. He was a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego from that time until his retirement in 2003. During this period, 31 graduate students received their Ph.D. under his supervision, and 48 Visiting Scholars spent time at UCSD under his sponsorship. He now holds the position of Research Professor.After his training and early research in generative syntactic theory, Langacker largely devoted the first ten years of his professional career to the comparative grammar and historical reconstruction of the Uto-Aztecan family of Native American languages.

In 1976, deciding that a radically different theoretical approach to language was necessary; he began developing the framework that has come to be known as “cognitive grammar”. A fundamental statement of that framework, the two volume work titled Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, was published in 1987 and 1991. Through the years, cognitive grammar has continued to be refined, further articulated, and applied to a progressively wider range of languages and phenomena. An interim summary, Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction, appeared in 2008.Langacker is a founding member of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association and served as its president from 1997-99. He was chair of the organizing committee for the 2001 International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. He was a co-editor (and is now an honorary editor) of the monograph series Cognitive Linguistics Research, and serves as a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards. He has published other books and many articles dealing with a broad array of issues in cognitive linguistics. He is known as one of the three founding fathers of Cognitive Linguistics.
E-mail: rlangacker@ucsd.edu

Speaker No. 16-17
CIFCL-12, 27-31 May, 2013
 
Alan Cienki
Alan Cienki is Associate Professor in the English section of the Department of Language and Communication at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. One of his major research interests is how speech and gesture reflect processes of conceptualization. He is co-editor of the volumes Conceptual and Discourse Factors in Linguistic Structure (2001) and Metaphor and Gesture (2008). His education in the USA included receiving a BA from Hamilton College in Russian Studies, and an MA and PhD in Slavic linguistics from Brown University. He then taught at Emory University (USA) in the Dept. of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures. At Emory University he co-founded and later directed the Program in Linguistics, and also served as the Director of thePhD program in Culture, History, and Theory of the interdisciplinary Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. He is Chair of the international Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM), Associate Editor of the journal Cognitive Linguistics, and founder of the Amsterdam Gesture Center. http://www.let.vu.nl/staf/a.cienki
 
 
Stefan Th. Gries
Stefan Th. Gries earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Hamburg in 1998 and 2000 and is currently (Full) Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Honorary Liebig-Professor of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. Methodologically, Gries is a quantitative corpus linguist at the intersection of corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational linguistics, who uses statistical methods to investigate linguistic phenomena (corpus-linguistically and experimentally) and test and develop corpus-linguistic and statistical methods. Theoretically, he is a cognitively-oriented usage-based linguist. Gries has authored three books, co-edited six volumes, and has (co-)authored articles in the leading peer-reviewed journals of his fields (Cognitive Linguistics and International Journal of Corpus Linguistics) and many other peer-reviewed journals. He is founding editor-in-chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, associate editor of Cognitive Linguistics, and performs editorial functions for many international peer-reviewed journals and book series.
 
Speaker No. 15
CIFCL-11, Oct, 2012
 
Sherman Wilcox
Sherman Wilcox is Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Wilcox specializes in the relation between gesture and language, the evolution of language, cognitive approaches to sign linguistics, and interpreting theory. His research includes studies of American Sign Language, Catalan Sign Language, and Italian Sign Language, and Saudi Sign Language. He is currently writing a book, Setting Language in Motion, to be published by Oxford University Press.
 
Speaker No. 14
CIFCL-10, June, 2012
 
Jürgen Bohnemeyer
Jürgen Bohnemeyer is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He studied linguistics at Bielefeld University in Germany and Tilburg University in the Netherlands, where he obtained his doctorate in 1998. He was first a postdoctoral researcher and then a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics until he took up a position as Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo in 2003. There he was tenured in 2008. Bohnemeyer specializes in semantic typology, the crosslinguistic study of semantic categorization. Bohnemeyer’s work focuses on the semantic typology of representations of space, time, and events.
 
 Speaker No. 12-13
CIFCL-9, 2011
 
Laura A Janda
Laura A. Janda received a bachelor’s degree in Russian at Princeton U in 1979, followed by a PhD degree in Slavic linguistics in 1984. Her education also includes applied linguistics (certification as an ESL instructor), numerous specialized language-training courses in various Slavic countries, and, more recently, statistics. She has been employed on the faculties of UCLA, the University of Rochester, the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and the University of Tromsø (Norway). Janda is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most notably from the American Council of Learned Societies, the US Dept of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, and the Norwegian Research Council. She has over one hundred publications addressing a variety of linguistic issues pertaining to Slavic languages and cognitive linguistics.
 
 
Ewa Dabrowska

Ewa Dabrowska received her PhD from the University of Gdańsk in 1995. Since then she has taught at the universities of Gdańsk, Glasgow, Sussex, Sheffield, and, since 2009, Northumbria. She is the editor of Cognitive Linguistics, member of the Editorial Board of Trends in Language Acquisition Research, Vice President of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association, and a member of the Governing Board of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association and the AHRC Peer Review College. Her research covers three main areas: cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.
E-mail: ewa.dabrowska@northumbria.ac.uk 
 

Speaker No. 9-11
CIFCL-8, 2010
 
William Croft
William Croft received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1986. He is currently Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. Croft’s areas of specialty are typology, semantics, cognitive linguistics, construction grammar and evolutionary models of language change. Croft has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
 
 
Melissa Bowerman
Melissa Bowerman was Senior Scientist (emeritus) at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and adjunct Professor of Linguistics (emer.) at the Free University of Amsterdam. She received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology (psycholinguistics) from Harvard University. Her research focuses on first language acquisition in cross-linguistic perspective and its relationship to linguistic typology, and on the interface between semantics and cognition in adult language and in the developing child. Some more specific topics include spatial semantics, argument structure, and event representation.
 
 
Zoltán Kövecses
Zoltán Kövecses is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He is currently working on the language and conceptualization of emotions, cross-cultural variation in metaphor, metaphor and metonymy in discourse, and the issue of the relationship between language, mind, and culture from a cognitive linguistic perspective.
 
Speaker No. 7-8
CIFCL-7, 2009
 
Dirk Geeraerts
Dirk Geeraerts (born 1955, PhD 1981) holds the chair of theoretical linguistics at theUniversity of Leuven, Belgium. His main research interests involve the overlapping fields of lexical semantics, lexicology, and lexicography, with a theoretical focus on cognitive semantics. His involvement with cognitive linguistics dates from the 1980s, when in his PhD thesis he was one of the first in Europe to explore the possibilities of a prototype-theoretical model of categorization. As the founder of the journalCognitive Linguistics and as the editor (with Hubert Cuyckens) of the Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, he played an instrumental role in the international expansion of cognitive linguistics.
 
 
Mark Turner
 
Speaker No. 6
CIFCL-6, 2008
 
Chris Sinha

Chris Sinha is Professor of Psychology of Language. He gained his BA in Developmental Psychology at the University of Sussex and his doctorate at the University of Utrecht. Before moving to Portsmouth in September 2002, Chris taught in departments of Education, Psychology, and Language and Communication, in Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark and India. He has published widely in many disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, education, evolutionary biology, connection science, as well as developmental and cultural psychology.
E-mail: Chris.Sinha@port.ac.uk

Speaker No. 5
CIFCL-5 2008
 
Gilles Fauconnier
Gilles Fauconnier (born on August 19, 1944) is a French linguist, researcher in cognitive science, and author, currently working in the U.S.. He is a professor at the University of California, San Diegoin the Department of Cognitive Science. His work with Mark Turner founded the theory of conceptual blending.
 
Speaker No. 4
CIFCL-4, 2007
 
Leonard Talmy

Leonard Talmy is a professor of linguistics at the University at Buffalo State University of New York. He is known for his pioneering work in cognitive linguistics, more specifically, in the relationship between semantic and formal linguistic structures and the connections between semantic typologies and universals. He also specializes in the study of Yiddish and Native Americanlinguistics. He is known as one of the three founding fathers of Cognitive Linguistics.
E-mail: talmy@buffalo.edu

 
Speaker No. 3
CIFCL-3, 2006
 
Ronald Langacker
Ronald W. Langacker received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois in 1966. He was a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego from that time until his retirement in 2003. During this period, 31 graduate students received their Ph.D. under his supervision, and 48 Visiting Scholars spent time at UCSD under his sponsorship. He now holds the position of Research Professor.After his training and early research in generative syntactic theory, Langacker largely devoted the first ten years of his professional career to the comparative grammar and historical reconstruction of the Uto-Aztecan family of Native American languages.
 
In 1976, deciding that a radically different theoretical approach to language was necessary; he began developing the framework that has come to be known as “cognitive grammar”. A fundamental statement of that framework, the two volume work titled Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, was published in 1987 and 1991. Through the years, cognitive grammar has continued to be refined, further articulated, and applied to a progressively wider range of languages and phenomena. An interim summary, Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction, appeared in 2008.Langacker is a founding member of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association and served as its president from 1997-99. He was chair of the organizing committee for the 2001 International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. He was a co-editor (and is now an honorary editor) of the monograph series Cognitive Linguistics Research, and serves as a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards. He has published other books and many articles dealing with a broad array of issues in cognitive linguistics. He is known as one of the three founding fathers of Cognitive Linguistics.
Speaker No. 2
CIFCL-2, 2005
 
John Taylor

Professor of Linguistics, University of Otago, New Zealand Expertise: Phonetics and phonology, Germanic languages, Romance languages. Research: cognitive grammar, spatial relations, phonetics. John Taylor has held positions in Germany and in South Africa. Currently he is the managing editor of Cognitive Linguistics Research (Mouton de Gruyter) and is on the editorial board of the Functions of Language (John Benjamins), and of the journal Cognitive Linguistics .
E-mail:john.taylor65@xtra.co.nz 

Speaker No. 1
CIFCL-1, April 2004
 
George Lakoff
Professor of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley. Research interests include Cognitive linguistics, especially the neural theory of language. Conceptual systems, conceptual metaphor, syntax-semantics-pragmatics. The application of cognitive and neural linguistics to politics, literature, philosophy and mathematics. He is known as one of the three founding fathers of Cognitive Linguistics.

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