The International Congress of Linguists (ICL) takes place every five years, under the governance of the International Permanent Committee of Linguists (CIPL). The 19th congress took place in Geneva (21-27 July 2013), and was organized by the Société Suisse de Linguistique (SSL) with the help of the University of Geneva.

We were happy and honored to welcome scholars from all the world (85 nationalities) and more than 700 communications were presented.

You will find on this website (with free access till 2025) the full programm of the Congress, including the abstracts of the communications, the full text of certain communications and the references of published papers, when these were communicated by their authors.


The title of the Congress was :

The Language-Cognition Interface

We would like to thank once again and for the last time the participants, authors, organizers for this Congress which was a memorable scientific and human experience. Our warmest gratitude also goes to the sponsors and institutions who helped and supported us - without them nothing would have been possible.

To celebrate the nineteenth edition of the International Congress of Linguists, The Permanent International Committee (CIPL) has published, in collaboration with Brill, the anniversary volume Eight Decades of General Linguistics: The History of the CIPL and its role in the History of Linguistics (Ferenc Kiefer & Piet van Sterkerburg eds., november 2012).

This collection presents the key lectures delivered at the previous eighteen conferences organized by the Permanent International Committee of Linguists and also a history of the Committee itself. The contributions of outstanding scholars such as Otto Jesperson, Louis Hjelmslev, André Martinet, Uriel Weinreich, Noam Chomsky and many other linguists cannot be over-estimated.

The majority of the papers address a radically new topic, each of which became one of the central issues in subsequent linguistic research. In addition to their empirical findings and/or the theoretical innovations presented in their papers, each contribution is still interesting and pivotal to the development of contemporary linguistics.