Constitution of the Czech association for language and cognition


1. Preamble

The Czech association for language and cognition (henceforth “Association”) is an association pursuant to Act No. 89/2012 Coll., the Civil Code, Sections 214 et seq.

2. Name

2.1 Official name in Czech:
Česká asociace kognitivní lingvistiky

2.2 Official abbreviation of the name in Czech:

2.3 Official name in English:
Czech association for language and cognition

2.4 Official abbreviation of the name in English:

3. Seat

Faculty of Arts, Charles University, nám. Jana Palacha 2, 116 38 Prague, Czech Republic

4. Purpose

4.1 To promote and facilitate the development of the cognitively oriented approaches to language in the Czech Republic with a particular focus on the languages indigenous to the Czech Republic, i.e. Czech and Czech Sign Language

4.2 To provide a meeting and collaboration platform for experts specialized in the cognitive approaches in linguistics, other sciences and across disciplines

4.3 To hold biannual conferences on cognitive approaches to language and communication

5. Membership

Anyone at least 18 years of age regardless of nationality and citizenship may become a member of the Association. Membership is free of charge and without temporal limitation.

5.1 Admission
Membership is ratified by a unanimous decision of the Association Board in favour of the admission

5.1.1 Application
An applicant notifies the Association Board about their application via e-mail sent to the Association Secretary. The application must include:
– First and last name of the applicant
– Affiliation to an academic organization or occupation
– A cover letter (in the body of the e-mail) of 30-100 words.
5.1.2 Notification of admission
The Association Board notifies the applicant about the acceptance/rejection of their application within 30 days after receiving the application. In case of acceptance, the novel member’s name is published in the list of members on the Association website.

5.2 Membership cancellation
The membership is cancelled in case of
– death of the member
– unanimous decision of the Board to cancel the membership
– request of the member (in a written form)

5.3 Members’ rights
– To participate in all of the Association’s activities
– To participate in the Association General Assembly meetings and elections to the Associations’ governing bodies
– To be informed about the Association’s activities 

5.4 Members’ duties
– To follow the principles of ethical scientific and research conduct in all activities related to the Association
– To act in accordance with the Association constitution

6. Governing bodies
The Association’s directing body is the Board elected by the General Assembly that consists of the Association members.

6.1 Board
The Association’s Board has 5 members:
a) President: directs and represents the Association, is in charge of Board meetings and General Assembly meetings and nominates the Scientific board members
b) Vice-president: serves as the President’s deputy
c) Scientific board: has 3 members. Members of the Scientific board are nominated by the President; the nominations are subject to ratification by the General Assembly. Scientific board member term is 3 years.
The Board issues an annual report about the Association activities.
The Board accepts new members of the Association.
The Board determines the conceptual orientation of the Association and informs the General Assembly in this respect via the General Assembly Meeting minutes that are published on the Association website.

6.2 General Assembly
The General Assembly is the Association’s executive body. It consists of all the members of the Association. The General Assembly meeting is held annually. The minimal number of the General Assembly members is 5. The General Assembly responsibilities are following:
a) Election of the Scientific board members:
– Any member of the Association may be nominated as a Scientific board candidate
– The President nominates the candidates for the Scientific board after commencing her/his term
– The nomination is ratified if a simple majority of the Association members vote in favour of the nomination
b) Election of the President and Vice-President
– Every member of the Association may be nominated as a candidate for President or Vice-President
– The nominations are announced at the General Assembly meetings
– The candidate who gets the majority of votes is elected.
c) Ratification of the revisions and amendments of the Constitution
d) Ratification of the Annual report
e) Comments on the conceptual documents of the Board
f) Voting (per rollam)


7. Final and temporary regulations
This Constitution was ratified by the founding General Assembly meeting

Mirjam Fried, President
Eva Lehečková, Vice-President
Jakub Jehlička, Association member

Prague, 14 November 2017

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