BAAL/Routledge workshop: Cognitive Approaches to Language in Education

Dates: 18th – 19th January 2018   

Venue: University of Glasgow 

Keynote speakers:    

Dr Wendy Anderson University of Glasgow

Dr Ellen Bramwell University of Glasgow

Professor Alice Deignan University of Leeds

Dr Marcello Giovanelli Aston University

Professor Jeannette Littlemore University of Birmingham

Dr Jessica Mason Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Elena Semino Lancaster University

The purpose of this workshop is to explore what recent research in the field of cognitive linguistics can offer education. Departing from traditional and functional approaches to language, cognitive linguistics provides teachers a unique way of exploring meaning and the relationship between thought and language. Recent research shows that applying a cognitive perspective in the classroom has very clear benefits for all teachers interested in literacy. However, as this is a relatively new field, the parameters have not yet been fully agreed upon by linguists.  Therefore, this event is a step towards achieving more clarity and consensus, as well as offering established researchers, ECRs, postgraduate researchers and those interested in embarking on research in this area a space in which to discuss how a research agenda might be usefully taken forward. 

Call for papers

There are a number of 20 minute slots for ECRs and postgraduate researchers to present their research relating but not exclusively to any of the workshop’s objectives:

1)     To explore what recent research in cognitive linguistics can offer education. This includes language teaching (both L1 and L2) and content teaching at all levels of education; higher, secondary and primary.

2)     To consider how the principles of cognitive linguistics can be best applied in teaching by sharing and demonstrating new methods and techniques.

3)     To investigate the evidence that applying these principles can be beneficial to the learner.

4)     To examine the obstacles in carrying out research in this area and consider how these can be overcome.

If you are interested, we invite you to submit 150 word (approx.) abstract to cognitivelinguisticsglasgow@gmail.comby 30th November 2017.

During an extended lunch break, all participants are invited to give a poster presentation, if they wish. Places are limited to 35 and will be allocated on a first-come first served basis.

Registration fees:

BAAL non-member          £35

BAAL member                  £30

Student                             £25     This will include lunch and refreshments.

 Registration is open and tickets can be purchased through:

The main event will take place on Friday 19th January, with an afternoon networking session for ECRs and PGRs on 18thJanuary 3-5pm.

Event’s website: 

Supported by the Poetics and Linguistics Association

Seminar co-ordinators:: Sally Zacharias, Dr Agnes Marszalek and Dr Marcello Giovanelli

Please pass this information on to colleagues who may be interested.

Kind Regards,

Sally, Agnes and Marcello