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Call for papers

LCM 9 – Sensory Experience and Communication
University of Almería, Spain
4th-7th July 2022

The Language, Culture and Mind conference series provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the integration of biological, cognitive, social, and cultural perspectives in theoretical and empirical studies of language and communication. As has long been recognized, no single discipline or methodology is sufficient to capture all the dimensions of this complex and multifaceted phenomenon, which lies at the heart of what it is to be human. The keynote theme of LCM 9 is Sensory Experience and Communication, but we invite contributions in any area of interest to the LCM community from scholars and scientists in anthropology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, semiotics, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive sciences and neurosciences who wish both to impart their insights and findings, and to learn from other disciplines.

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

  • Vittorio Gallese, Full Professor of Psychobiology at the Department of Medicine and Surgery – Neuroscience Unit – of the University of Parma, Italy
  • Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Professor of Linguistics and English at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Arie Verhagen, Leiden University, Netherlands

Abstract submission deadline: March 20th, 2022
Notification of acceptance: April 1st, 2022
Registration: April 2nd, 2022

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • sensory experience, sensory integration, synaesthesia
  • language in multimodal interaction
  • culture, education, and communication
  • biological and cultural co-evolution
  • comparative study of communication systems
  • cognitive and cultural schematization in language
  • emergence of language in ontogeny and phylogeny
  • language and thought, emotion and consciousness

The conference will be a hybrid in-person and online event (see The official languages will be Spanish and English. The plenary talks will be 1 hour long (45 minutes presentations, 10 minutes for questions and discussion, and 5 minutes to change rooms) and the general session slots will be 30 minutes long (20 minutes for each presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion, and 5 minutes to change rooms). Each contributor will be allowed to submit a maximum of two abstracts (a fully authored abstract and a co-authored abstract, or two co-authored abstracts). Submissions will take place via EasyChair ( and should include the following information:

  • Author’s name
  • Affiliation
  • E-mail address
  • Paper title
  • Abstract, in separate document format, with a maximum of 500 words including references.
  • Each proposal will be reviewed anonymously in relation to the criteria of research questions, methodology, data, results, and references. Abstracts should not contain the names, affiliations, or addresses of the authors.

Authors of presentations at LCM 9 will be invited to submit articles for publication in one of two John Benjamins publications: a Special Issue of the International Journal of Language and Culture (, or a volume in the John Benjamins series Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Context (

Organizing Committee
President: Carmen M. Bretones Callejas, University of Almería, Spain
Vice-president: Alberto Hijazo Gascón, University of East Anglia, UK
Secretary: Elena Martínez López, University of Almería, Spain

International Scientific committee
Alberto Hijazo Gascón, University of East Anglia, UK
Aliyah Morgenstern, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, France
Ana Moreno-Núñez, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Antonio Vicente Casas Pedrosa, University of Jaén, Spain
Arie Verhagen, University of Leiden, Netherlands
Asifa Majid, University of York, UK
Barbara Fultner, Denison University, USA
Beatriz Macías Gómez-Estern, Pablo de Olavide University, Spain
Carmen M. Bretones Callejas, University of Almería, Spain
Chris Sinha, University of East Anglia, UK
Craig Hamilton, University of Upper Alsace, France
Diego Rascón Moreno, University of Jaén, Spain
Elena García Sánchez, University of Almería, Spain
Elena Martínez López, University of Almería, Spain
Esther Pascual, Zhejiang University / Shanghai International Studies University, China
John A. Lucy, University of Chicago, USA
Juan José Hernández Medina, University of Almería, Spain
Juana Teresa Guerra De La Torre, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain
María Enriqueta Cortés de los Ríos, University of Almería, Spain
María Luisa Pérez Cañado, University of Jaén, Spain
María Victoria Mateo García, University of Almería, Spain
Marianna Chodorow, University of Southern California, USA
Mirian Amengual Pizarro, University of Balearic Islands, Spain
Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Pedro J. Chamizo Domínguez, University of Málaga, Spain
Raquel Criado Sánchez, University of Murcia, Spain
Susana Ridao Rodrigo, University of Almería, Spain
Tian Zhen, Shanghai International Studies University, China
Vera da Silva Sinha, University of York, UK