LCC News


Conferences and workshops organized at VU University Amsterdam:

  • From Text to Political Positions 2010: Workshop on manual and automated analysis of subjectivity and the expression of opinions in political texts, 9-10 April 2010.
  • RaAM 8: bi-annual conference of International Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor, Amsterdam 30 June-3 July 2010
  • IAFL 9: biennial conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law, 6-9 July, 2009
  • Pragglejaz 10: closed workshop on metaphor and metonymy identification, Amsterdam, 24-27 June 2009
  • VIOT 2008: tri-annual conference on language and effective communication, Amsterdam, 17-19 December 2008.
  • MGA (Methods of Gesture Analysis) workshop “From form to meaning”: hands-on training in the analysis of co-speech gestures, organized by Irene Mittelberg (VU University Amsteram) and Cornelia Müller ( and, Amsterdam, 29-31 July 2008.


Conferences and workshops organized elsewhere by LCC members


Membership of scientific committees for conferences organized elsewhere

  • 27th Spanish Association for Applied Linguistics International Conference (AESLA 27), Ciudad Real, Spain, 26-28 March 2009.
  • 4th International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind (LCM 4), Turku, Finland, 21-23 June 2010.
  • 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS 4), Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, 25-30 July 2010.
  • 7th Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association International Conference (AELCO 7), Almagro, Spain, 30 September - 2 October 2010.
  • 4th Biennial Meeting of the Belgian Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association (Coglingdagen 4), Antwerp, Belgium, 17-18 December 2010.
  • 5th Global Wordnet Conference, Mumbai, India, January 31-February 4, 2010
    • the Third International Workshop on Distributed Agent-based Retrieval Tools (DART'09), that will be co-located with WI'09 and IAT'09, Milan, Italy, September 15, 2009.
  • the 4th Language and Technology Conference, Poznan, Poland, November 6-8, 2009.
  • the Third International Workshop on Distributed Agent-based Retrieval Tools (DART'09), co-located with WI'09 and IAT'09, Milan, Italy, September 15, 2009.
  • the joint ACL-IJCNLP 2009 conference in the area "Semantics", sub-area "Word Sense Disambiguation", Singapore, August 2-7, 2009.
  • the Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP (EMNLP 2009) in the area: "Multilinguality", Singapore, August 6-7, 2009.
  • the Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP (EMNLP 2009) in the area: "NLP Applications", Singapore, August 6-7, 2009.
  • the SemEval-2010: 5th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluations on Kyoto's subtask WSD17: All-words Word Sense Disambiguation on a Specific Domain


Invited talks

  • Alan Cienki invited to speak at the Linguistics Dept., Bangor University, Wales, UK (2 December 2009) on “Metaphor and metonymy in gesture with speech”
  • Alan Cienki keynote speaker at the International Conference on Cognitive Processes in Language (Łódź, Poland, 25-27 May 2010) on “Usage events of spoken language and the symbolic units we (may) abstract from them: Approaching language as a prototype category”.
  • Alan Cienki keynote speaker at the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, 25-30 July 2010).
  • Monique Lamers invited to Psycholinguistic colloquium, University of Potsdam May, 26, 2009, The resolution of personal pronouns in German and Dutch: semantic and syntactic gender matchmaking
  • Piek Vossen invited to 2nd Euro-Japan ICT Cooperation Forum on ICT research. Prof. Piek Vossen invited to 2nd Euro-Japan ICT Cooperation Forum on ICT research on “Lessons learnt from ongoing EU-Japan cooperation projects”, Brussels, Belgium, July 2, 2009
  • Piek Vossen will be the keynote speaker at the 25th Annual Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing 2009 (SEPLN´09), San Sebastian, Spain, September 8-10, 2009.

  • Piek Vossen invited speaker on Kyoto at the EU Information and Networking Event for the 5th Call (ICT FP7 SO 4.3) on Intelligent Information Management, Luxemburg, May 12, 2009
  • Piek Vossen: invited keynote speaker on “Kyoto”. The speech will be given at the Asian Language Resource Summit (ALRS, March 20-21, 2009, Phuket, Thailand.
  • Piek Vossen: guest Lecture "From WordNet to Global WordNet for language technology". For the course Language Engineering Applications, Center for Computational Linguistics, University of Leuven, Belgium, February 26, 2009
  • Vossen keynote speaker at eLexicography in the 21st century: new challenges, new applications, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, October 22-24, 2009.
  • Alan Cienki keynote at the XXVII AESLA International Conference, Spanish Association for Applied Linguistics (Ciudad Real, Spain, 26-28 March 2009).
  • Gerard Steen keynote at conference on Bi-directional Perspectives in the Cognitive Sciences (Marburg, Germany, 27 February-1 Mar 2009). ‘Style and cognitive science: the perspective from genre.’
  • Alan Cienki discussant at panel of the International Studies Association (New York, USA, 15-18 February 2009): ‘Metaphors and other tropes for studying the political: Models of past thinking, models for future action.’
  • Piek Vossen gave a keynote address at NL-Term. Piek Vossen gave e keynote address on KYOTO at the 10th Lustrum of NL Term, October 25, 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Sarah van Vliet at CLCG Linguistics Colloquium Groningen (Groningen, 10 October 2008). ‘Proper nouns and Pronouns: Reference maintenance in Dutch written narrative discourse.’
  • Alan Cienki keynote at Sixth Semantics in the Netherlands Day (SiN VI) (Leiden, 10 October 2008): ‘Spoken language semantics.’
  • Gerard Steen keynote at 3rd international conference of GCLA/DGKL (Leipzig, Germany, 25-27 September 2008). ‘Is metaphor always a matter of thought? A case study in converging evidence.’
  • Gerard Steen keynote at 2nd international Metaphor Festival (Stockholm, Sweden, 18-19 September 2008). ‘When is metaphor deliberate? From metaphor in language and thought to metaphor in communication.’
  • Irene Mittelberg and Alan Cienki keynote at Contact Forum The Agile Mind: Creativity in Discourse and Art (Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Art/VLAC, Brussels, 11-12 September 2008): ‘Ad-hoc creativity: Spontaneous gestures with speech.’
  • Piek Vossen keynote at DART 2008 (Cagliari, Italy, 10 September 2008): 2nd Workshop on Distributed Agent-based Retrieval Tools. On “Kyoto”.
  • Alan Cienki discussant at theme session of Language, Communication and Cognition conference (Brighton, UK, 4-8 August 2008): ‘The role of gesture in communication and cognition.’


A.G. (Lettie) Dorst has won the PhD Prize for best paper presented by a PhD student at RaAM 7 (7th International Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor, Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain, 29-31 May 2008), for her paper ‘Metaphor identification and the issue of personification.’


New major publications (book publications and publications in A-journals from the past twelve months)

  • Vossen P., Fellbaum C. (fc 2009): "Universals and Idiosyncracies in Multilingual WordNets", in: Handbook Multilingual Lexicography, Oxford University Press.
  • Piek Vossen, A. Tanács, D. Csendes, V. Vincze, C. Fellbaum, (Eds.), 2008 Proceedings of the Fourth International GlobalWordNet Conference - GWC 2008, Szeged, Hungary, January 22-25, 2008.
  • Cienki, A., & C. Müller (eds.). 2008. Metaphor and Gesture. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Gavins, J., and Steen, G.J. (eds.). 2008.  実 践 認 知 詩 学, Japanese translation of Cognitive Poetics in Practice (London: Routledge). Translation by Shigeko Uchida. Tokyo: Otori Shobo.