CRAL 2013

III International Conference on Meaning Construction, Meaning Interpretation: Applications and Implications

The Center for Research on the Applications of Language (CRAL), based at the University of La Rioja (Spain), solicits papers for the III International Conference on Meaning Construction, Meaning Interpretation: Applications and Implications (CRAL 2013), to be held on July 18-20, 2013, at the Quintiliano building of the University of La Rioja.

The conference is open to presentations on a range of topics related to Cognitive Linguistics and compatible approaches to language, both from a theoretical and an applied perspective. We invite proposals on subjects including but not limited to: metaphor theory, metonymy, cognitive models, cognitive stylistics, figurative language use in L1 and in additional languages including foreign languages and multilingual acquisition, theory of figurative language acquisition and development, vocabulary and figurative language in foreign languages, applications of figurative language (to lexicography, translation, language teaching and methodology, etc.).

Questions and correspondence may be addressed to Paula Pérez, co-chair of the Organizing Committee, to and/or


Call deadline: April 12, 2013
Acceptance notification: May 6, 2013
Registration deadline: July 12, 2013
Conference dates: July 18-20, 2013

Plenary Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Sabine De Knop (Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis Brussels, Belgium): “Language pedagogy at the crossroads between language typology, contrastive linguistics and construction grammar”
  • Charles Forceville (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands): “Relevance Theory and communicating by pictures and word & image texts”
  • Francisco Gonzálvez (University of Almería, Spain): “On the role of coercion in meaning construction and meaning interpretation in cognitive-functional linguistics”
  • Klaus Uwe Panther (Nanjing Normal University, China & University of Hamburg, Germany): “Culturally motivated animal metaphors in an expressive construction”
  • Günter Radden (University of Hamburg, Germany): “Metonymic blending”

General Session

Abstracts for 20-minute presentations (plus ten-minute discussion) should be no more than 500 words (plus references, tables and figures), and should also include 4 or 5 keywords. Candidates may submit: (i) a single-authored abstract; (ii) a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or (iii) two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author).

Abstracts should be sent by April 12, 2013 through the online system EasyAbs:

Round Tables

Round Tables last a maximum of 90 minutes. The proposal should include not more than 5 presentations of ten minutes each. Round tables should have a discussant that will act as debate moderator; debate time should take at least 40 minutes. Round Table proposals should have a general description of the aims of the session, and one abstract for each of the presentations. All abstracts should comply with the same specifications as the abstracts for the General Session.

Abstracts should be sent by April 12, 2013 through the online system EasyAbs:

Prize for the Best Oral Presentation

There will be a prize for the best oral presentation by a PhD student and a prize for the best oral presentation by a postdoc. PhD students are students that have not completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs have completed their PhD not earlier than January 2010. A nominated paper may be co-authored; in such a case, the nominee will be the first author.

Applicants are invited to include “Prize for the Best Communication” under the paper title in the abstract and select the option “Oral Presentation + Prize” when submitting their proposals via EasyAbs. On the basis of the ranking of the abstracts, the Advisory Committee will set up an internal shortlist with nominees for the prizes.

Members of CRAL ( will decide who will be awarded the first prize in each category, which consists of a waiver fee and bursary of 200 euros to attend conferences.

Organizing Committee


Advisory Committee

  • Susanne Niemeier (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
  • Mario Brdar (University of Osijek, Croatia)
  • Dylan Glynn (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Antonio Barcelona (University of Cordoba, Spain)
  • Frank Boers (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Enrique Bernárdez (Complutense University, Spain)
  • Mª Ángeles Gómez (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Juana Marín (Complutense University, Spain)

Official Languages

English and Spanish

Registration fees

Registration before June 6, 2013 Registration before July 12, 2013
Presenter (1)110 €140 €
Attendant60 €60 €
Student (2)50 €50 €
Accompanying person35 €35 €

(1) In the case of co-authored papers, certificates will only be issued to those participants that register in the Conference.

(2) Students must provide either a certificate signed by the Head of their Department/Institute or a scanned copy of their student card. Please submit your certificate via email to Please note that this rate only applies for students wishing to attend to the Conference; students with oral communication should register as presenters.

* All registration fees include:

  • Wine of honor at the F&G Hotel on July 18, 2013, sponsored by John Benjamins Publishing Co.
  • Access to the entire conference.

**After July 12, 2013 the registration will be closed.

For resolution of extra cases please contact

Additional fees

Conference dinner at Bodegas Francoespañolas on July 19, 2013: 45 euros.

Excursion to Suso and Yuso monasteries on July 20, 2013: 49 euros.

* For more information, please see the Conference’s Social Program.


  • Modern Philologies Department (University of La Rioja)
  • Vice-Rectorate for Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of La Rioja
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co.
  • Peñalara S.L.

If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities for the CRAL 2013 Conference, please contact the Organizing Committee at


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