SCLA Conference (SCLC-2019)


The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Provostial Fund Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, 

together with the Harvard Language Center

at Harvard University




12-14 October 2019

Harvard University (Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts)


The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) will hold the SCLC-2019 conference on the campus of Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Saturday 12 October through Monday 14 October 2019.

Keynote speakers

  • Stephen Dickey, University of Kansas, on Slavic Aspectology: Structuralist Legacies and Cognitive Approaches
  • Dagmar Divjak, University of Birmingham, on Climbing Mount Doom: When linguistics, psychology and computer science tackle Slavic case morphology
  • Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University, on The Texture of the Lexicon: Relational Morphology in the Parallel Architecture

Call for papers

We invite abstracts for 20+10 minute presentations on any topic of relevance to Slavic Cognitive Linguistics. Abstracts should be based on work that has not yet been published. We especially encourage submissions from young researchers.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2019. Abstracts may be written in English or in any Slavic language (conference talks may also be delivered in any Slavic language). Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words, including references. Please refrain from any self-identification in the body of the abstract. Each individual may be involved in a maximum of two abstracts (maximum one as sole author).

Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair: EasyChair Abstract Submission Link for SCLC-2019

Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection by May 15, 2019.


Important dates

  • 15 April 2019: abstract submission deadline (SCLC-2019)
  • 15 May 2019: notification of acceptance (SCLC-2019)
  • 1 August 2019: preliminary registration and commitment to attend
  • ASAP by 30 September 2019: pre-conference registration and payment deadline [click on the link to go to our online registration and payment system]
    • when you register, you will choose either the regular registration rate of $60 or the student registration rate of $40 and then you will have an option to add or decline the conference dinner fee/registration of $50
  • 12-14 October 2019: SCLC-2019 conference


Organizing Committee

Mirjam Fried (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

Mateusz-Milan Stanojević (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Steven Clancy (Harvard University, USA)


If you have any questions concerning SCLC-2019 ( don’t hesitate to contact the local organizer, Steven Clancy <>.


Conference Program

The conference program and schedule and book of abstracts will be added soon. Please see below for the expected list of papers and participants.

NEW!: Preliminary program:
NEW!: Book of Abstracts:

Conference Fee

The Conference Registration Fee will be $60USD for regular participants and $40USD for graduate student participants.

Conference Dinner

An additional fee of $50USD will cover the conference dinner costs for those wishing to attend.


The conference will be held on the Harvard University campus in the Harvard Language Center and nearby rooms all in the Science Center. Specific rooms and registration information will be announced later.

Conference Program

The preliminary conference program will be announced Summer 2019.

Travel and Accommodations

The following inns are within walking distance from the university. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as they have limited availability. Please note that the price does not include the 14.45% room tax.

If you are driving in, without staying overnight, we suggest you buy a parking permit through the Harvard University Daily Parking Permits site.

Irving House Bed & Breakfast
Rooms from $125 for rooms with shared bath to $155 for rooms with private bath
The rate includes a hearty continental breakfast, afternoon coffee, tea, and snacks,  free local calls,  wireless internet access (there is a computer for the use of guests), and cable television. 
24 Irving Street
Cambridge MA 02138
(0.5 miles from Harvard Yard)

A Friendly Inn at Harvard
rooms: $147, single occupancy; $167, double occupancy
The rate includes continental breakfast and parking.
1673 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(0.4 miles from Harvard Yard)

The Harding House
rooms: from $120 for single bed, with shared bath to $155 for queen bed, with private bath
The rate includes hearty Continental breakfast with a special hot entree.
288 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(0.6 miles from Harvard Yard)

Parkside on Ellery
rooms: from $150 to $180
The rate includes continental breakfast with choice of regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea, English muffins with assorted jams and muesli cereal with milk and orange juice, served in-room.
74 Ellery Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(0.4 miles from Harvard Yard)

You may also stay at either of these hotels. Both provide a shuttle service going to Harvard Square.

DoubleTree by Hilton
rooms: from $126 to $305 - please use the following LINKwhen you are booking at DoubleTree to get these discounted rates
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02134
(1.1 mile from Harvard Yard, the hotel has a shuttle service going to Harvard Square)

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
rooms: from $143.10 for AAA members to $189
Cambridge, MA 02139
(1.7 miles from Harvard Yard, the hotel has a shuttle service going to Harvard Square)


If you have questions, contact Steven Clancy.

We hope you will be able to join us for SCLC-2019. 


Mirjam Fried
President, SCLA
Mateusz-Milan Stanojević
Vice-President/President-Elect, SCLA

Steven Clancy
Conference Organizer and Host

on behalf of the SCLA officers and the 2019 SCLC organizing committee

Expected Conference Papers

Expected Conference papers include the following...

Plenary Talks

Stephen Dickey:

Slavic aspectology: structuralist legacies and cognitive approaches

Dagmar Divjak:

Climbing Mount Doom: when linguistics, psychology and computer science tackle Slavic case morphology

Ray Jackendoff & Jenny Audring:

The texture of the lexicon: relational morphology in the parallel architecture

General Session


Valentina Apresyan & Alexei Shmelev:

Cognitive asymmetry of 'far' and 'close' as reflected in Russian

Boris Beck:

Konceptualizacija smrti na naslovnicama najčitanijeg hrvatskog tabloida 24sata

Martina Björklund:

Substantival diminutives in spoken Russian constructions of request

Steven Clancy, Daniel Green, Veronika Egorova, Oksana Willis:

Foundations of Russian: a cognitive and construction-based approach to teaching Russian

Steven Clancy:

Visualizing patterns in morphologically complex languages: deep learning in Slavic with very large corpora

Jovan Čudomirović:

Insubordinate conditional clauses in Serbian: the correlation of syntactic form and pragmatic function

Višnja Čičin-Šain:

Fighting for the Serbian language: a metaphor or a pseudo-metaphor?

Masako Fidler:

Metaphor comprehension of visual image via linguistic forms: A pilot analysis of A Quiet Week in a House by Jan Švankmajer

Ksenia Gordeeva:

Semantics and context in aspectual prefix variation of novel Russian verbs

Alina Israeli:

What’s wrong with this picture: Instrumental morphological variation oju/eju vs. oj/ej

Laura A. Janda, Francis M. Tyers, Valentina Zhukova:

The Strategic Mastery of Russian Tool (SMARTool): a usage-based approach to acquiring Russian vocabulary and morphology

Laura A. Janda & Antonio Fábregas:

Sometimes Russian is more perfective than Spanish

Olesya Kisselev & Irina Mikaelian:

To have or not to have: the construction imet’ in Russian learner data

Eva Lehečková, Tomáš Doischer, Jakub Jehlička, Martina Vokáčová:

The so-called non-gradable adjectives in gradable contexts: the case of Czech

Dominik Lukeš:

Pardon my code mix: hypostatic frame constructions in Czech

Pavel Machač& Mirjam Fried:

Between syntax and sound in conversational language: preliminary observations

Blaženka Martinović, Mihaela Matešić, Renata Šamo:

From intonation to meaning (examples of functional words)

Anita Memišević & Mihaela Matešić:

When neutral is not ordinary: Croatian verbs of speaking in special discourses

Ana Mikić Čolić and Goran Milić:

Is there truly a tool for any task? A cognitive linguistic look at the polysemy of –ač in Croatian

Tore Nesset:

The Russian feminine paucal construction: stress and adjective agreement

Jelena Parizoska & Mateusz-Milan Stanojević:

Premodification by adjectives in Croatian verbal idioms

Anita Peti-Stantić & Mirjana Tonković:

Informativity of pronominal clitics in Croatian

Ana Petrović Dakić:

Free word associations and Serbian children’s understanding of abstract nouns

Renato Šoić, Marin Vuković, Gordan Gledec:

Hrvatski n-gramski sustav

Svetlana Sokolova & Katarina Laken:

More on Ukraine and the internet: suffix variation in Russian

Diana Tomić & Renata Geld:

Development of phonological knowledge within phonological representation

Svitlana Zhabotynska & Natalia Chaban:

Visa-free travel for Ukraine as a narrative-based political concept in the Russian mainstream news media


Theme Session

Old problem, new perspectives: the role of context in the choice of aspectual forms

Maciej Borowski, Petar Milin, Dagmar Divjak:

Abstract vs concrete: modelling aspectual choice in Polish

Hana Filip:

Aspectual forms in generic contexts

Yuriko Kaneko:

What does it mean when Japanese say kachi-kiru (‘win’-COMPLETIVE) and when Russians say porešat’ (‘solve’-DELIMITATIVE)?

Mikhail Kopotev:

Aspectual choice in idiomatic context

Svetlana Sokolova:

Aspect in sequence


Last updated: 21 July 2019