Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA)


History and Aims

The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) is an affiliate of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA) and pursues a fourfold mission:

  • To promote Cognitive Linguistics, and particularly to encourage graduate students and junior faculty to pursue research on the Slavic languages in the framework of Cognitive Linguistics;
  • To encourage and support training in research methodologies, including experimental methods, data collection, corpus methods, and statistical analysis;
  • To encourage practical application of Cognitive Linguistics, particularly in the development of pedagogical materials for the teaching of Slavic languages;
  • To encourage interdisciplinary applications of Cognitive Linguistics, particularly in the area of literary analysis.

Laura A. Janda (then of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now at the University of Tromsø) and Stephen M. Dickey (then of the University of Virginia and now at the University of Kansas) founded the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) in Spring 2000 and was approved as an affiliate of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association in 2001. The inaugural conference for the group was held at UNC-Chapel Hill in Autumn 2000. The organization has continued annual meetings in most years since then, either independently or in collaboration with other organizations for Cognitive Linguistics or Slavic Linguistics.

SCLA Constitution

At the SCLC-2009 business meeting, we resolved to form a Constitutional Committee consisting of the President and Vice-President in order to revise the SCLA constitution to simplify the document and bring it into line with the practices of the organization since its founding in 2000. We formulated a new draft and circulated that in advance of the SCLC-2010 business meeting, at which we adopted the document that is available here (SCLA Constitution 2010) by a vote of the members.

Joining SCLA

Membership in SCLA is free. If you would like to join, please send your contact information to Steven Clancy. We request the following information for our membership database:

Last name:
First name:
Middle name, initial, or patronymic (if used):
Preferred email address:
University or other affiliation:
Research Languages:

History of Annual Meetings of the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association

2000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), November 2000
2001 University of Virginia (Charleston, Virginia), October 2001
2002 Joint conference with FiCLA at the University of Turku (Turku, Finland), September 2002
2003 (no conference)
2004 Joint conference with Perspectives on Slavistics at University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), September 2004
2005 University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas), October 2005
2006 Sessions at the Society for Slavic Linguistics 1st Annual Conference, Indiana University (Bloomington Indiana), September 2006
2007 SCLC-2007 at the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) (more information), October 12-14, 2007
2008 SCLC-2008 as a joint conference with the Estonian Cognitive Linguistics Association (ECLA) at the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia) (more information), May 29-June 1, 2008
2009 SCLC-2009 at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) (more information), October 15-17, 2009. Book of AbstractsProgramBusiness Meeting MinutesCorpus Workshop Presentation.
2010 SCLC-2010 at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) (more information), October 9-11, 2010. 
Book of Abstracts. Conference Program. Business Meeting Minutes.
2011 SCLC-2011 at American University (Washington, D.C.) (Official Conference Site), October 14-16, 2011
Call For Papers and Conference WebsiteAbstractsConference ProgramParticipant ListBusiness Meeting Minutes.

SCLC-2012 at University of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia), September 27-29, 2012
(Official Conference SiteCall For Papers and Conference Website. Abstracts. Conference Program. Participant List. Business Meeting Minutes.

[SCLA conferences to be held roughly every 18 months from this point onward.]


SCLC-2014 at Harvard University (Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts), February 15-17, 2014
Call for Papers and Conference Website. Abstracts. Conference Program. Participant List. Business Meeting Minutes.

2015 SCLC-2015 at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford (Sheffield/Oxford, UK), December 9-13, 2015
Call for Papers and Conference Website. Workshops (10-11 December). Abstracts. Keynote Abstracts. Conference Program. Participant List. Business Meeting Minutes.
2017 SCLC-2017 at The Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia), October 11-14, 2017
Call for Papers and Conference Website. Abstracts. Keynote Abstracts. Conference Program. Participant List. Business Meeting Minutes.


SCLA Officers

The current SCLA officers are:

  • Dagmar Divjak (University of Sheffield, UK), President since 2014
  • Mirjam Fried (Charles University, Prague), Vice-President/President-Elect since 2014

SCLA officers consist of a President and Vice-President/President-Elect who serve for indefinite terms of at least three years. The Vice-President/President-Elect succeeds the President and a new Vice-President/President-Elect is elected. The previous association President continues to serve as Past-President in an advisory role. The most recent SCLA elections were held at the SCLC-2010 conference and the next elections will take place at the 2013 Annual Conference.

  First Term
Second Term
Third Term
Fourth Term
Fifth Term
President Laura A. Janda Stephen M. Dickey Steven J. Clancy Tore Nesset Dagmar Divjak
Vice-President Stephen M. Dickey Alina Israeli Tore Nesset Dagmar Divjak Mirjam Fried