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August 31-September 1, 2013
University of California, Santa Barbara

The Cognition and Language Workshop (CLaW) invites abstracts for talks and poster presentations involving the relation between language and cognition. CLaW is organized by SCUL (Studying the Cognitive Underpinnings of Language), an interdisciplinary research group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We welcome talks that investigate language as a cognitive activity as well as talks investigating cognition as a dimension of language. Talks may involve any area of linguistics — phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, corpus and/or computational linguistics, and others. We especially encourage empirical data-driven perspectives, as well as interdisciplinary talks connecting linguistics to other disciplines within cognitive science.


Talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will be presented during a separate poster session.

Abstracts should describe the methodology used, as well as the conclusions. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words (not including references), should be in PDF or ODT (OpenDocument) format, and should not contain the author's name or any other identifying information. For co-authored papers, please indicate the corresponding author.

To submit an abstract, email your PDF or ODT file to Please include the following information in the body of the email (not in the attached file):

  1. your name
  2. affiliation
  3. mailing address
  4. phone number
  5. email address
  6. title of your paper.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Sunday, June 30, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be by email no later than July 14, 2013. Notifications will indicate whether your abstract has been accepted for presentation as a talk or as a poster.


This year CLaW will also feature pre-conference workshops on August 31. Workshops should be self-contained instructional sessions providing a practical introduction to specific methodological and/or analytical techniques of use in research on language and cognition. If you are interested in offering a workshop, please email a proposal to This should be a PDF or ODT file of no more than one page, specifying:

  1. a brief description of the subject matter of the workshop and its connection to active research
  2. an overview of what will be taught in the workshop (i.e., what skills participants will learn)
  3. length of the workshop (no more than 3 hours)
  4. background skills/knowledge participants will be expected to have
  5. equipment/resources participants will be expected to have (e.g., laptop, specific software)
  6. classroom equipment/facilities needed (e.g., computer lab, projection screen)

The deadline for receipt of workshop proposals is May 1, 2013. Notification of accepted workshops will be by email no later than May 15, 2013.