On my research of the last 30 years

Now downloadable for free: Dirk Geeaerts (2016), Grammar in the context of intersubjective usage.

The December 2016 issue of the journal Nederlandse Taalkunde/Dutch Linguistics, published by Amsterdam University Press, contains a great series of papers on various aspects of my research of the last 30 years. It includes an insightful, comprehensive, and simultaneously succinct (13 pages) overview by Dirk Geeraerts (Leuven University). This article is freely available, and can be downloaded here.


Vrijdag 10 juni: Afscheidslezinkje en borrel

Op vrijdag 10 juni 2016, om 17:00 uur, houd ik op uitnodiging van NNP, de studievereniging van de Opleiding Nederlands van de Universiteit Leiden, een afscheidslezinkje, dat wordt gevolgd door een eindejaarsborrel in het Rembrandtpark. Meer informatie op facebook.


March 4, 2015: Linguistics Movie Night

In the Linguistics Movie Nights series, the next topic is Animal Communication and the Evolution of Language. On Wednesday March 4, 2015, the documentary Life with Alex – a memoir (2012) will be shown, and I will provide a brief introduction. Starting time: 7:00 PM. Location: Lipsius-building, room 148. Discussion afterwards. More info on the university’s website. If you plan to come, please send a message to Jaap Kamphuis (for catering purposes).


Lectures in Prague

On May 22, 23, and 24, 2013, I will be presenting three lectures at the Charles University in Prague (overall topic: Social Cognition and Linguistic Structure in Evolutionary Perspectives). More information here.


ICLC Theme session on Mixed Points of View

Barbara Dancygier, Louis Wei-lun Lu and me invite statements of interest and submissions of short abstracts for a theme session Linguistic manifestations of mixed points of view in narratives – Cognitive and typological perspectives to be proposed for the ICLC in Edmonton, Canada, 23-28 June 2013.

Click here to read the description of the theme session.

If you want to participate in this session, send a message to Dunja Wackers at Leiden University (d.y.m.wackershum.leidenuniv.nl) to express your interest, with a (provisional) title of your contribution or a one-sentence description of your topic. Submit a title and a short abstract (up to 150-200 words) no later than September 9, 2012 (same address). Decisions on the theme session will be taken by September 20, 2012.

Please note that full abstracts for all papers, so also papers in theme sessions, have to be submitted for review to the ICLC organization later (see the conference website for details).

Important dates:

  • September 9: deadline of submission of short abstracts to d.y.m.wackershum.leidenuniv.nl
  • September 20: notification of decisions on theme session
  • November 1: deadline of submission of full abstracts to the conference system
  • January 1, 2013: notification of acceptance

  • Theme Session “Language Evolution”

    As a part of the 11th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Xi’an (China), Jordan Zlatev (Lund University) and I organized a theme session “Language Evolution: Biological, cultural and bio-cultural” on July 12, 2011 (see information on the conference website).

    Arie at ICLC 11

    Here are the slides of my introductory talk on “Cognitive Evolutionary Linguistics” (pdf) and my paper on conventionality in the perspective of “Tinbergen ‘s 4 why‘s” (pdf).

    Check this site for further developments (follow up).


    Abstract Workshop Shanghai, July 7

    Click here for the abstract of my lecture at the 3rd Shanghai Summer School on Cognitive Linguistics, on July 7, 2011.


    China in July 2011

    Will be in China for ICLC-11 in Xi’an, from July 11-17. Organizing the theme session “Language Evolution: Biological, Cultural and Bio-Cultural”, together with Jordan Zlatev.

    Before that, from July 4-9, a workshop and a pre-conference in Shanghai.