The goal of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association (AELCo/SCOLA) is to promote research in the language sciences from the point of view of Cognitive Linguistics. This approach encompasses a wide variety of theoretical proposals with a common denominator: the idea that language is an integral part of cognition and therefore, it should be understood in the context of conceptualization and mental processing. In this view, languages reflect the interaction of cultural, psychological, communicative and functional aspects.
At a more specific level, AELCo tries both to agglutinate and to serve as a forum for all researchers working in Spain or working on any of its languages. Still, cognitive linguists from any other source or language interest are indeed welcome.
The Association has held biannual meetings since its first conference in Alicante, 1998, when it was constituted.
The Spanish Association maintains relationships with ICLA (Internacional Cognitive Linguistics Association) whose aim is to promote, internationally, the study of the interaction between language and cognition, with a special emphasis in the use of language as an instrument to organise, process and transmit information. Among the central (and foundational) topics of this research paradigm are the following:
- The structural characteristics of the categorization systems in natural languages (prototypicity, basic level categories, cognitive models).
- The functional principles of linguistic organization (for example, iconicity).
- The conceptual interface between syntax and semantics.
- The relationship between language and thought, including issues of universality and linguistic specificity.
- The experiential basis of language in use, including cultural models, discursive context and the psychological environment of linguistic experience
Recently, cognitive linguistics has started to explore the implications of its postulates for functional and discursive models of language, with which it overlaps in important ways.