4th international conference Thinking, Doing, Learning

Usage based perspectives on second language learning

June 17-19, 2019

University of Jyväskylä, Finland



Second Call for Papers

The 4th international conference Thinking, doing, learning: Usage based perspectives on second language learning will be held in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on June 17-19, 2019.

The aim of TDL is to advance our understanding of what it means to take a usage-based approach to L2 learning and L2 research. We invite researchers to explore a wide variety of topics related to language usage, language learning, and cognition. These include questions such as what it means to interact in L2 in different social contexts, how speakers accomplish social actions in moment-to-moment sense-making activities, and what is the nature of language use environments as well as sediments of usage events left as “acquired linguistic constructions” in the individual language learner. This variety of questions involves strong, empirical and theoretical considerations of language, learning, and cognition:

  • what is language – constructions or interactional competence?
  • what is learning – social action or long-term portability?
  • what is cognition – an individual property or a socially distributed phenomenon?, and
  • what are the implications for L2 teaching?


The following keynote speakers will address the conference themes from their respective viewpoints:

  • Ewa Dąbrowska – Between productivity and fluency: The fundamental similarity of L1 and L2 learning
  • Hannele Dufva – Interactivity, time and space: Distributed perspectives on language learning
  • Søren Eskildsen – Building a semiotic repertoire for social action: Towards an interactional usage-based approach to L2 research
  • Tim Greer – The Ecology of Explaining


The conference programme will also include an invited symposium Dynamic usage-based approaches to teaching organized by Marjolijn Verspoor. In addition, participants can register to one of the two pre-conference workshops (placed filled on a first-come first-served basis): (1) Marjolijn Verspoor – Dynamic analysis of longitudinal data: A toolkit or (2) Niina Lilja & Leila Kääntä – Multimodal approach to language learning in social interaction.


We now invite regular contributions that draw on epistemologies, theories, and methods from across the spectrum of usage-based language learning research, including data-driven and theory driven empirical investigations of the relation between cognition, context, interaction, and language learning. We are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in research that tackles (aspects of) the above-mentioned questions about the nature of language, learning, and cognition.


We welcome abstracts for paper or poster presentations addressing these aspects of L2 learning research. Research perspectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction-based language learning
  • Conversation Analytic approaches to L2 learning and interactional competence
  • Embodiment, gestures and language learning
  • Dynamic Systems / Chaos-Complexity-based language learning
  • Linguistic relativity, thinking-for-speaking and language learning
  • Language socialization
  • Socio-cognitive, socio-cultural, ecological language learning
  • Pedagogical implications of the above-mentioned strands

Talks will be allocated 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions. Posters will be put up on the first day of the conference and remain up for the duration of the conference. The language of the conference is English.

Abstract submission is now open. Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references) should be submitted via the electronic abstract submission system at https://congress.cc.jyu.fi/tdl2019/cgi-bin/contact.cgi.

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind peer review by the international Scientific Committee. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 November 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by 10 December 2018.


For further information:


We look forward to your submissions!
The local organizing committee


Local organizing committee:
Arja Piirainen-Marsh, chair
Teppo Jakonen, scientific secretary
Hannele Dufva
Minna Suni
Katja Mäntylä
Leila Kääntä
Anna Puupponen
Sirkku Lesonen
Taru-Maija Heilala-Rasimov, conference coordinator (JYU)
Mika Tompuri, secretary

The executive conference committee of TDL:
Søren W Eskildsen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Teresa Cadierno (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Marjolijn Verspoor (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)