Cognitive Linguistics – Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies is inviting submissions for a themed issue dedicated to Cognitive Linguistics, which is scheduled to be published in the third quarter of 2017.

Cognitive Linguistics, with its primary assumption that language is embedded in overall human cognitive capacities, has emerged out of dissatisfaction with formal approaches to language. It can be seen as a movement that has led to a range of complementary theories characterized by the same set of guiding principles and commitments.

We invite papers whose research lies within the Cognitive Linguistics framework and which address topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • cognitive semantics in the broad sense of the term,
  • metaphor and metonymy,
  • conceptual blending,
  • prototypes and categorization,
  • polysemy,
  • image schemas and force dynamics,
  • embodiment,
  • cognitive sociolinguistics,
  • cognitive semiotics,
  • gesture studies.

How to submit a paper?

Abstracts of no more than 400 words (including references) should be sent by 12th January 2017 in .doc format to the following e-mail address:

It is expected that any paper submitted to the Journal is original and has not been previously published. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30th January 2017.

Submission deadline for full papers up to 8,000 words (including references) is 30th April 2017. All research articles will undergo double-blind peer review, based on an initial editor screening. The reviewers are cognitive linguistic scholars, including members of the Polish Association of Cognitive Linguistics, as well as experts from abroad.

About the journal

Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies is a peer-reviewed online quarterly published by the Department of English at the University of Białystok. The journal welcomes contributions on all aspects of literary and cultural studies, linguistics (both theoretical and applied), and intercultural communication. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research, inquiry and debate within the area of English studies through the exchange, crisscrossing and intersecting of opinions and diverse views. The electronic version of Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies is its primary (referential) version. The journal has received 6 points in the listing of scholarly journals issued by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The themed issue will be published on the Journal’s website in the third quarter of 2017.

The themed issue will be edited by:
Daniel Karczewski, PhD, the winner of the Polish Association of Cognitive Linguistics competition for the best PhD thesis in 2014. He is the author of Generyczność w języku i w myśleniu. Studium kognitywne.
Joanna Marhula, PhD, the winner of the Polish Association of Cognitive Linguistics competition for the best PhD thesis in 2015.
Magdalena Rybarczyk, PhD, tutor in linguistics at the University of Nottingham, China Campus. She is the author of Demonstratives and possessives with attitude: An intersubjectively-oriented empirical study

For more information about the journal (including the style sheet), please visit:

Important dates

  • January 12, 2017 – deadline for abstract submission
  • January 30, 2017 – notification of acceptance
  • April 30, 2017 – deadline for submitting full papers

After the papers receive a positive review, we will proceed with editing, proofreading, and publishing.

Please send your questions and submissions to: