Cognitive Linguistic Studies

Main information
ORCID logoXu Wen | Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing, China | xuwen at
ORCID logoZoltán Kövecses | Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Associate Editors
ORCID logoAntonio Barcelona | University of Córdoba, Spain
ORCID logoStefan Th. Gries | University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
ORCID logoGitte Kristiansen | Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
John R. Taylor | University of Otago, New Zealand
Review Editors
Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos | The University of Adelaide, Australia
ORCID logoDennis Tay | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Cognitive Linguistic Studies is an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary journal of cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, and cognitive neuroscience. It explores implications from and for psycholinguistic, computational, neuroscientific, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic research.

Cognitive Linguistic Studies provides a forum for high-quality linguistic research on topics which investigate the interaction between language and human cognition. It offers new insights not only into linguistic phenomena but also into a wide variety of social, psychological, and cultural phenomena. The journal welcomes authoritative, innovative cognitive scholarship from all viewpoints and practices. The contributions mainly focus on topics such as:

  • phenomenology-based cognitive linguistic research (such as categorization, prototype theory/semantics, lexical network theory, critical counterclaims, embodied realism, cognitive models, metaphor, metonymy, image schemas, imagery, naturalness, iconicity, and cognitive pragmatics)
  • gestalt-psychology based cognitive linguistic research (such as cognitive grammar, construction grammar, constructional syntax, force dynamics, the relation of grammar to cognition)
  • cognitive discourse analysis (such as mental space theory, blending theory, cognitive stylistics, cognitive poetics, political discourse)
  • cognitive sociolinguistics (such as usage-based conception of language, language variation, ideology, cultural models, cultural linguistics)
  • cognitive psycholinguistics (such as language processing, language acquisition, figurative language understanding, usage-based theory of acquisition, neural theory of language)
  • cognitive historical linguistics (such as historical/diachronic semantics, grammaticalization theory, constructionalization, lexicalization, subjectivity, intersubjectivity and subjectification)
  • contrastive cognitive linguistics (such as cross-cultural linguistics, cognitive linguistic typology)
  • applied cognitive linguistics (such as the application of cognitive linguistics in language pedagogy, learning science, translation studies, lexicography, semiotics, and literary studies).
ISSN: 2213-8722 | E-ISSN: 2213-8730
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Volume 11 (2024)

Volume 10 (2023)

Volume 9 (2022)

Volume 8 (2021)

Volume 7 (2020)

Volume 6 (2019)

Volume 5 (2018)

Volume 4 (2017)

Volume 3 (2016)

Volume 2 (2015)

Volume 1 (2014)

Editorial Assistant
ORCID logoQiyang Mo | Chongqing University, Shapingba, Chongqing
ORCID logoKun Yang | Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing, China
Editorial Board
Hans C. Boas | The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Paul Chilton | University of Warwick, UK
Ewa Dąbrowska | University of Birmingham, UK
Sarah E. Duffy | Northumbria University, UK
Vyvyan Evans | Bangor University, UK
Ad Foolen | Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
ORCID logoMirjam Fried | Charles University, Czech Republic
ORCID logoDirk Geeraerts | KU Leuven, Belgium
ORCID logoRaymond W. Gibbs, Jr. | University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
ORCID logoRachel Giora | Tel Aviv University, Israel
Peter Harder | University of Copenhagen, Denmark
ORCID logoHenriëtte Hendriks | University of Cambridge, UK
ORCID logoThomas Hoffmann | Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Mark Johnson | University of Oregon, USA
Ronald W. Langacker | University of California, San Diego, USA
ORCID logoMaarten Lemmens | Université Lille 3, France
ORCID logoJeannette Littlemore | University of Birmingham, UK
ORCID logoWei-lun Lu | Masaryk University, Czech Republic
ORCID logoJan Nuyts | University of Antwerp, Belgium
ORCID logoKlaus-Uwe Panther | University of Hamburg, Germany
Martin Pütz | Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Günter Radden | Universität Hamburg, Germany
ORCID logoFrancisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez | University of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain
Jiaxuan Shen | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
Dingfang Shu | Shanghai International Studies University, China
ORCID logoChris Sinha | Lund University, Sweden
Sune Vork Steffensen | University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
ORCID logoPeter Stockwell | University of Nottingham, UK
ORCID logoElizabeth Closs Traugott | Stanford University, USA
Arie Verhagen | Leiden University, Netherlands
Sherman Wilcox | University of New Mexico, USA
Subscription Info
Current issue: 10:2, available as of November 2023
Next issue: 11:1, expected June 2024, published online on 6 June 2024
Next issue: 11:2, expected July 2024

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Volume 2 (2015) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 155.00
Volume 1 (2014) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 146.00 EUR 150.00

Cognitive Linguistic Studies offers online submission .

Before submitting, please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors .

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: xuwen at .

Articles under consideration are double-blind peer-reviewed and decisions on all published content are made by the two editors.


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Authors and reviewers are kindly requested to read this Ethics Statement .

Please also note the guidance on the use of (generative) AI in the statement.

Rights and Permissions

Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.

For information on authors' rights, please consult the rights information page.

Open Access

Articles accepted for this journal can be made Open Access through payment of an Article Publication Charge (APC) of EUR 1800 (excl. tax). To arrange this, please contact openaccess at once your paper has been accepted for publication. More information can be found on the publisher's Open Access Policy page.

Corresponding authors from institutions with which John Benjamins has a Read & Publish arrangement can publish Open Access without paying a fee. Please consult this list of institutions for up-to-date information on which articles qualify.

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For the benefit of production efficiency, the publisher and the editor ask you to follow the following submission guidelines strictly. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to the author.

Contributions should be consistent in their use of language and spelling. If you are not a native speaker of the language in which you have written your contribution, it is advised to have your text checked by a native speaker.

When submitting the final manuscript to the journal, please include: a one-paragraph abstract, approximately five keywords, a short professional biography of the author, and a current mailing address.   

Electronic files

Files. Contributions should not exceed 10,000 words. They should be in English following the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Authors who are not native speakers of English are advised to have their paper checked by a native speaker before submission.

Please take care that you supply all the files, text as well as graphic files, used in the creation of the manuscript, and be sure to submit the final version of the manuscript. And please delete any personal comments so that these will not mistakenly be typeset and check that all files are readable.

File naming conventions. When naming your file please use the following convention:  use the first three characters of the first author’s  last name; if that name is Johnson, the file should be named JOH.DOC, JOH.WP5, etc. Do not use the three character extension for things other than the identification of the file type (not JOH.ART, JOH.REV). Figures can be named as follows JOH1.EPS, JOH2.TIF, JOH3.XLS, etc.

Software. Word (PC/Mac) is preferred. If you intend to use other word processing software, please contact the editors first.

Graphic files: Please supply figures as Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) or Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) conversion in addition to the original creation files.
For graphics that are not available in digital format, such as photographs, spectrographs, etc., please provide sharp and clear prints (not photocopies) in black & white.


In order to facilitate smooth production it is important that you follow the journal’s style for consistency. In this respect we advise you to make use of our electronic styles in addition to these guidelines. 

Do not add running heads, implement full justification or hyphenation, or the exact margin settings as used by Benjamins in printing. It is sufficient to characterize elements such as examples, quotations, tables, headings etc. in the formatting in a clear and consistent way, so that they can be identified and formatted in the style of the journal.

Formatting that should be supplied by you is the formatting of references (see below) and font enhancements (such as italics, bold, caps, small caps, etc.) in the text.

Whatever formatting or style conventions are employed, please be consistent.

Tables and figures. All tables, trees and figures must fit within the following page size (if necessary, after – limited – reduction) and should still be legible at this size:

11.5 cm (4.52”) x 19 cm  (7.48”).

Suggested font setting for tables: Times Roman 10 pts (absolute minimum: 8 pts).

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively, provided with appropriate captions and should be referred to in the main text in this manner, e.g., “in table 2”, but never like this “in the following table: “. Please indicate the preferred position of the table or figure in the text.

Running heads.  Please do not include running heads with your article. However, in case of a long title please suggest a short one for the running head (max. 55 characters) on the cover sheet of your contribution. 

Emphasis and foreign words. Use italics for foreign language, highlighting and emphasis. Bold should be used only for highlighting within italics and for headings. Please refrain from the use of FULL CAPS (except for focal stress and abbreviations) and underlining (except for highlighting within examples, as an alternative for boldface),unless this is a strict convention in your field of research. For terms or expressions (e.g., ‘context of situation’) please use single quotes. For glosses of citation forms, use double quotes.

Transliteration. Please transliterate into English any examples from languages that use a non-Latin script, using the appropriate transliteration system (ISO or LOC).

Symbols and special characters. In case you have no access to certain characters, we advise you to use a clear convention to mark these characters. You can use our font table (Appendix A) or any other regular table to list the correspondences between your symbols and the required ones. If you use any phonetic characters, please mark these by the use of a character style if possible. This will enable us to retrieve those characters in your document.

Chapters and headings. Chapters or articles should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, into sub-sections. If you cannot use the electronic styles, please mark the headings as follows:

Level 1        =   bold italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left. Text immediately

                        below .

Level 2        =   italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left. Text immediately below.

Level 3ff      =   italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left. Heading ends with a full

                        stop, with the text following on the same line.

Numbering should be in arabic numerals; no italics; no dot after the last number, except for level 1 headings.

Quotations: In the main text quotations should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 3 lines should be indented left and right, without quotations marks and with the appropriate reference to the source. They should be set off from the main text by a line of space above and below.

Listings: Should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:

1. ..................... or a. .......................

2. ..................... or b. .......................

Listings that run on with the main text can be numbered in parentheses: (1).............., (2)............., etc.

Examples and glosses

Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1,2,3, etc.) in parentheses.

Examples in languages other than the language in which your contribution is written should be in italics with an approximate translation. Between the original and the translation, glosses can be added. This interlinear gloss gets no punctuation and no highlighting. For the abbreviations in the interlinear gloss, CAPS or small caps can be used, which will be converted to small caps by our typesetters in final formatting.

Please note that lines 1 and 2 are lined up through the use of spaces: it is essential that the number of elements in lines 1 and 2 match. If two words in the example correspond to one word in the gloss use a full stop to glue the two together (2a). Morphemes are seperated by hyphens (1, 2b).

Every next level in the example gets one indent/tab.

                (1)          Kare wa    besutoseraa  o          takusan kaite-iru.        

                              he     TOP best-seller     ACC    many     write-PERF    

                              “He has written many best-sellers.’”                              

                (2)          a.            Jan houdt.van Marie.

                                             Jan loves         Marie

                                             “Jan loves Marie.”

                              b.            Ed en   Floor   gaan samen-wonen.

                                             Ed and Floor   go      together-live.INF

                                             “Ed and Floor are going to live together.”


Notes should be kept to a minimum and should be submitted as numbered endnotes.

***Note: footnote indicators in the text should appear at the end of sentences and follow punctuation marks.


It is essential that the references are formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines, as these cannot be formatted automatically. Please use the reference style as described in The APA Publication Manual (6th ed.).

References in the text: These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Fillmore 1990; Clahsen 1991: 252-253) or, as in Brown et al. (1991: 252). All references in the text should appear in the references section.

References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.


Görlach, M. (2003). English words abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Spear,  N. E., & Miller, R. R. (Eds.). (1981). Information processing in animals: Memory
. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in book):
Adams, C. A., & Dickinson, A. (1981). Actions and habits: Variation in associative
      representation during instrumental learning. In N. E. Spear & R. R. Miller (Eds.),
      Information processing in animals: Memory mechanisms (pp. 143-186). Hillsdale, NJ:

Article (in journal):
Claes, J., & Ortiz López, L. A. (2011). Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de
      futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression
      of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish]. Spanish in Context, 8, 50–72.

Rayson, P., Leech, G. N., & Hodges, M. (1997). Social differentiation in the use of English
      vocabulary: Some analyses of the conversational component of the British National
      Corpus. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 2(1), 120–132.

Additional Style Guidance

Please use in-text citations, numbered endnotes, and works cited.

1.  Please do not justify the right margin of your manuscript or the electronic version on disk.  Leave a ragged right margin.

2.  Please double space everything, including quotations and footnotes.

3.  Please use American spellings and punctuation, including

4.  Section headers, if used, should simply be phrases with no numbers. Please restrict headers to three or four per essay.  They may be italicized.

5.  Miscellaneous


Appendixes should follow the References section.

Author’s Submission Checklist

When submitting the revised version of your accepted manuscript, in addition to following the guidelines above, please be sure that you also include:

Proofing procedure

The first author of a contribution will receive a PDF of first proofs of the article for correction via email and will be requested to return the corrections to the journal editor within 7 days of receipt. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from which will enable you to read and print the file. Please limit corrections to the essential. It is at the publisher’s discretion not to implement substantial textual changes or to charge the author. If it is absolutely necessary to change larger chunks of text (i.e. more than just a few words), it is best to submit the changes on disk (with identical hard copy).

Please contact the journal editor if you cannot handle proofs for your article in electronic format (i.e., receive the proofs as a PDF-attachment at your email address).

Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in Cognitive Linguistic Studies are requested to do so through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. All other enquiries should be directed towards the editors by e-mailing them at: xuwen at (Prof. Xu Wen).


Main BIC Subject

CFD: Psycholinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General