Second Conference of the Swedish Association for Language and Cognition


June 10-12, 2009


Arranged by the Departments of English,

Scandinavian Languages, and General Linguistics

Stockholm University


Attention!: The Programme for the conference is now available and it can be downloaded by clicking on "Programme" in the Menu.

Attention!: Please keep in mind that May 15th, 2009 is the last day to pay online for the Registration and Dinner! After this date, you will be required to pay higher fees for registration consistent with at-the-door fees. 

The late registration/at-the-door fees will be:  

600 Swedish crowns for Student SALC members

 700 Swedish crowns for Faculty SALC members and Student (non-SALC members)

 900 Swedish crowns for Faculty (non SALC members)

Dinner will be 400 Swedish crowns.


We are pleased to announce the second SALC conference, SALC-2009, where we hope to bring together researchers from within all areas of language and cognition studies in Sweden and internationally. We welcome discussions on a wide variety of issues within the general area of language and cognition, and with particular focus on the areas of cognitive linguistic approaches to language acquisition and the contributions of psycholinguistics to linguistic theory.


We are very pleased to announce our plenary speakers for the conference:

  • Elizabeth C. TraugottProfessor Emeritus of Linguistics and English at Stanford University.
  • Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Professor of General Linguistics at Stockholm University.
  • Niclas AbrahamssonAssociate Professor at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University.
  • Daniel Casasanto, Senior Scientific Staff at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen.

We invite the submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentations for the "Second Conference of the Swedish Association for Language and Cognition (SALC) / Svenska Sällskapet för Språk och Kognition (SSSK)" to be held at Stockholm University between June 10th and 12th, 2009. Presentations should involve research based on structures and processes of general cognition (e.g. perception, memory and reasoning) and social cognition (e.g. joint attention and imitation), and as affecting such structures and processes. The conference, as SALC in general, is intended to be a forum for the exchange of ideas between disciplines, fields of study and theoretical frameworks. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • psycholinguistic  approaches to language and cognition
  • language acquisition/use and cognition
  • language structure and cognition
  • language and cognitive development and evolution
  • language change and cognition
  • language and gesture
  • language and consciousness
  • linguistic typology and cognition
  • linguistic relativity

In addition, there are currently five theme sessions (see the attached file call Themes for full description). 

Available here: Themes


  1. Language, Consciousness and SemiosisCoordinators: Jordan Zlatev, Centre for Languages and Literature and Göran Sonesson, Department of Semiotics, Lund University, Sweden.


  1. The function of negation in verbal and nonverbal communication. Coordinators Rachel Giora, Department of Linguistics, Tel Aviv University, Israel, and Carita Paradis, School of Humanities, Växjö University, Sweden.


  1. Interfaces of Language and VisionCoordinator: Pirita Pyykkönen, Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland.


  1. Cognition and Second Language UseCoordinator: Alan McMillion, Department of English, Stockholm University, Sweden.

The deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2008.


Please send two copies of your abstract in English of about 400 words (excluding references) to SALC2009@english.su.se , with your name and affiliation written under the title in one copy; one copy must remain anonymous. Presentations should last 20 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. After the process of peer-revision, e-mail notifications will be sent out by March 1, 2009.


Conference fees:

  • 50 Euros for faculty SALC members,
  • 70 Euros for faculty non-members
  • 40 Euros for student SALC members
  • 50 Euros for student non-members


The annual SALC membership is 15 Euros for faculty and 10 Euros for students. This MUST be paid at SALC's own website which can be accessed by clicking here

There will be a conference dinner for a cost of 40 Euros. Registration payments for the conference itself and the dinner can be made on-line at http://www.salc-sssk.org/salc09/

Need more information? E-mail: salc2009@english.su.se