About ECLA

Estonian Cognitive Linguistics Association (henceforth ECLA) was formed in 2007 in Tartu.


ECLA functions as a forum of cooperation for both senior and junior scholars engaged in research in cognitive linguistics and the related branches. The main objectives of ECLA are to promote cognitive and other theoretical linguistic activities in Estonia; to develop cooperation between Estonian and foreign scholars and students of cognitive linguistics and the related branches, in particular, cooperation with ICLA; to organize conferences, seminars, research days, training courses and other events; to set up and carry out research projects; and to promote research and teaching related to all areas of cognitive linguistics in Estonia.

Recent and upcoming events

ECLA was one of the major organising institutions of the international linguistic conference titled Cognitive and Functional Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Languages held in Tartu, Estonia in May 2008 – a conference that was highly acclaimed for both the location and the quality of the research papers and which received much positive feedback among the international cognitive linguistic community. There is close co-operation between the Estonian and Finnish Cognitive Linguistic Associations and both organizations are involved in organizing the annual Finnish-Estonian Cognitive Linguistics Conference, the third conference of which is to be held at Saka manor house, Estonia in November 2011. ECLA meets twice a year and is actively involved in the cognitive linguistics seminars held every week at Tartu University. Each spring a research day is organized where members of the association are invited to present the results of their latest research. ECLA is also doing co-operation with other linguistic organizations of Estonia, for example, the Estonian Mother Tongue Association. ECLA has been actively involved in organizing the research day “Muutuva Keele Päev” (A Changing Language) and the Estonian Theoretical Linguistics Conferences. In 2013 or 2014 we are hoping to implement a joint MA cognitive linguistics curriculum with the universities of Tromsø and St. Petersburg.