Welcome to CSDL 2010 and ESLP 2010

Conceptual structure, discourse and language (CSDL)

is the biennial meeting of the North American branch of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association. It was first held in 1994, at UC San Diego. In 2010, we are proud to announce the return of the conference to UC San Diego. Cognitive Linguistics is the cover term for a collection of approaches to language that focus heavily on the “embodiment” of language. Under the rubric of embodiment, cognitive linguists investigate the extent to which form depends on meaning, function, and use, as well as ways in which language use depends on non-linguistic neurocognitive systems.

Embodied and situated language processing (ESLP)

is the third event in a workshop series founded in 2007. A first goal of the conference is to bring together researchers working on the interaction of language and visual/motor processing in embodied, situated, and language-for-action research traditions. A further focus is on uniting converging and complementary evidence from three different methods (behavioral, neuropsychological, and computational). The first meeting led to the publication of a special issue on embodied language processing in Brain and Language (to appear in March 2010). ESLP took place again in June, 2009 in Rotterdam (see http://embodiedlanguage.org/), in association with the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Amsterdam.

Joining CSDL & ESLP

For the first time the meeting brings together two populations of researchers - cognitive linguists on the one hand and psycholinguists and cognitive psychologists studying embodied and situated language processing on the other. There are substantial gains to be made by bringing these two communities together. They share an interest in investigating how language and its structure depends upon situated use and embodied cognition, but differ in their methods and many of their assumptions.

Cognitive linguists typically use traditional methods of linguistic analysis (corpus methods, elicitation, native speaker judgments) to develop nuanced and theoretically sophisticated accounts of how language is “embodied” – how language structure depends upon constraints imposed by known properties of the human brain and body. They additionally focus on how language use affects language structure and language change.

The ESLP community (psycholinguists, cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists) typically use experimental and computational methods to ask questions about the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying linguistic embodiment, and about the neural and cognitive mechanisms when language is processed in its grounded physical and social contexts – “situatedness”.


To facilitate productive research interactions among conference participants from different backgrounds, the conference will begin with a day of tutorials. Two parallel sessions, taught by the invited speakers, will present introductions to Experimental and Computational Research Methods for Cognitive Linguists and Cognitive Linguistics Research for Experimentalists, respectively.

Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (CSDL)

Embodied and Situated

Language Processing


University of California, San Diego, UCSD Cognitive Science

International Cognitive Linguistics Association

Organizers: Ben Bergen & Pia Knoeferle

Keynote speakers

Michael Arbib

Lera Boroditsky

Craig Chambers

Matthew Crocker

Vic Ferreira

Adele Goldberg

George Lakoff

Teenie Matlock

Fey Parrill

Gabriella Vigliocco

Rolf Zwaan

Conference Dates:

Sept 16-19, 2010

Submission deadline:

April 30, 2010