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postponed until May or June 2021

Palacký University Olomouc, Czechia
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The Organizing Committee for the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco 5) is obliged to regretfully announce that this conference, until now scheduled for June 2020, must be postponed, due to the current pandemic. This postponement is in line with the policy of the Czech Ministry of Education and of Palacky University Olomouc.

Subject of course to conditions as they may develop, we are nonetheless planning to postpone Olinco 5 until May or June 2021, and at that time hold it at Palacky University in Olomouc, as in the past.

Papers accepted for presentation at Olinco 5 are automatically accepted for the program of the postponed conference to be h eld in 2021. There will also be a further call for papers in January 2021, papers that will be given in the slots of Olinco5 whose authors will not be able to attend the postponed conference next year. In this way, the conference will have a full schedule and be prepared to the same standard as have all the Olinco conferences o the past.

We hope that interested linguists will check this web page for developments regarding exact dates, the additional call for papers, and for confirming their intention to attend and present papers already accepted. In the meantime, we thank you for your continuing interest, and wish you a productive year of linguistic research!

The Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco) is a general linguistics conference held biannually at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. It covers synchronic or diachronic aspects of grammar, phonology, semantics, and pragmatics. Papers may treat language description, language acquisition, performance, translation, or language deficits.

The general topic of the conference is language use and linguistic structure. The contributions  are expected to include justified proposals for linguistic structure, and at the same time relate these structures to some aspect of language use, such as information structure, phonetics, or meaning. The conference also includes several specialized thematic sessions.

Invited speakers

Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli 
(University of Cambridge)

Thu., June 11th

Aspects of linguistic complexity in monolingual and bilingual children’s grammars

Abstract: Linguistic complexity can be invoked as a cause of vulnerability in language development and use at all levels of linguistic analysis, including the lexicon, syntax and discourse. Bilingual grammars are typically shown to differ from monolingual ones mostly in the use of inflectional morphology and vocabulary, but also in the appropriate use of reference management in connected speech. The causes of the differences have been attributed to reduced language input as well as limitations in processing resources. Focusing on the language production of Greek monolingual and Albanian, German and English bilingual children speaking Greek as the weaker language, I will focus on narrative production data. Measures of subordination and reference tracking will be used as indices of complexity in syntax and discourse. The data suggests that syntactic complexity is not a unified construct, as different types of subordinate clauses (complements, relatives and adverbials), are differentially affected by bilingualism. Typological distance between L1 and L2, levels of academic language developed through bilingual education, and vocabulary skills are relevant for the use of different types of syntactically complex sentences. Reference tracking on the other hand is affected by non-verbal cognitive skills as well as typological distance.

Prof. Susanne Wurmbrand 
(University of Vienna, Austria)

Fri., June 12th

Implicational hierarchies in syntax

Abstract: Languages exhibit a variety of different types of complementation, which can be divided into different classes based on their semantic properties and/or their morphosyntactic properties. An important observation made in many works on complementation is that there is a dependency between the meaning of a complementation configuration and the morphosyntactic coding—changing one often also results in a change of the other. This raises the question of whether the meaning of a complementation configuration comes from the matrix verb, the complement clause, or both.

Despite significant cross-linguistic variation in complemenation and the lack of simple surface universals, typological works have also brought out implicational relations, which are an important tool for understanding variation. Specifically, complementation configurations can be ranked according to their semantic properties, forming an implicational complementation hierarchy, along which syntactic or morphological distinctions, if present in a language, operate. I will discuss several phenomena where implicational relations have been observed, among them finiteness, indexical shift, restructuring, and cross-clausal A-dependencies, and show that the uniting factor is the underlying implicational complementation hierarchy. To derive the hierarchy and its implicational nature, I will suggest a synthesis model of complementation where the complement clause and matrix predicate may affect each other and together determine the possible meanings.

Prof. Harald Clahsen 
(University of Potsdam, Germany)

Sat., June 13th

Variability and its limits in language processing: Linguistic and speaker-level constraints

Abstract: Much research in linguistics has focused on what is common (perhaps even universal) across different languages and different speakers of a language. At the same time, variability due to, for example, geographical or social factors is also a hallmark of language and language use. Psycholinguistic research faces the same challenge of disentangling variability in language production and comprehension from more general (perhaps universal) mechanisms of language processing. To address this issue, I will report new findings from a large study of language processing in bilingual (Turkish/German) individuals, in comparison to control groups of L1-German and L1-Turkish speakers. Our main finding was that grammatically-based mechanisms of language processing (viz. ‘morphological decomposition’) yielded more uniform performance than lexical access and retrieval processes in bilingual individuals. My conclusion will be that the grammar strongly constrains variability in language processing, even for otherwise heterogeneous individuals.

Call for Papers

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline (final extension): 17 February, 2020
Notification of acceptance (extended date): 31 March, 2020
Early registration deadline (CZK 1500): 1 May, 2020
Standard registration deadline (CZK 2500): 30 May, 2020
On-the-spot registration (CZK 2500): only for non-presenting attendees
Conference: 11 – 13 June, 2020 postponed until May or June 2021

Papers and posters

We welcome proposals for oral presentations and posters in the form of abstracts related to the general topic and/or a workshop topic. Abstract submission guidelines are given below. Poster sessions will be an integral part of the conference program. The language of the conference is English. All abstract submissions will be anonymously reviewed by an  international committee of linguists. Participants are allowed to present only one single-authored paper. In addition, they may also have joint papers (but not as the first author).

Thematic sessions

–  Constraining Allomorphy | Organizer: Prof. Jonathan Bobaljik, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Language processing from a psycholinguistic and cognitive perspective | Organizers: Dr. Jan Chromý, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; Dr. Norbert Vanek, University of York, United Kingdom

Budget accommodation

For authors of accepted oral presentations (or two co-authors), we can reserve economical accommodation  for up to four nights in shared rooms (shared WC and shower facilities) in a university dormitory (within walking distance of the conference venue). More information to be made available below.

Abstracts submission

I. PROPOSALS: Abstracts of oral presentations and posters need to comply with the following guidelines:

Anonymity. Abstracts must be anonymous. References to one’s own work should be made in the third person. (Please make sure that you do not include your name in the document properties.)

Length. The text of the abstract should contain between 400 and 500 words (one page maximum). Bibliography and tables or figures may be submitted on a second page.

Structure. It is important that the abstracts clearly state research questions, approach, method, data, and (expected) results. In the abstract, you should indicate whether you want your proposal to be included in one of the Olinco 2020 workshops (thematic sessions).

Acceptable file format. The abstract should be submitted as a PDF file. Please make sure that all fonts are embedded in the file. If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to supply a revised version for inclusion in a book of abstracts (for the templates, see below).

Submission. Please submit your abstract only through the EasyChair systemfollow this link. You will be asked to create an account first (if you do not already have one). Please fill out the information required and enter your abstract in the „Abstract“ field. In addition, please make sure you also submit the abstract as a PDF file in the „Paper“ field at the end of the submission form, even if your abstract contains no figures, special characters and so on. Deadline (final extension): 17 February, 2020

Please note that participants are allowed to present only one single-authored paper. In addition, they may also have joint papers (but not as the first author).

II. REVISED abstracts (following notification of acceptance)

Format of the REVISED abstract. Please use one of the prepared templates for the revised abstract:

Olinco 2020 revised abstract template (.doc) (MS Word)
Olinco 2020 revised abstract template (.odt) (Open Office)

Olinco_LaTeX_template (LaTeX; zipped folder)

The revised abstract must be written in Times New Roman 12 point font, with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. The revised abstract must include the authors’ names, affiliations, and email addresses in the heading, which is in Times New Roman 13 (see the template above for details). Do not insert page numbers.

Length of the revised abstract. The text of the revised abstract should be two pages long maximum (including references and figures). Any exceeding material will be deleted.

 Acceptable file format of the revised abstract. The revised abstract should be submitted as a PDF file (we will also very appreciate the source .doc/.odt document if you are using MS Word or Open Office). Please make sure that all fonts are embedded in the file.

Board of reviewers

The organizing board is very grateful to all distinguished colleagues who contribute to the conference by reviewing submitted abstracts.
Their full list is here(.pdf).


Early registration deadline (CZK 1500): 1 May, 2020
Standard registration deadline (CZK 2500): 30 May, 2020
On-the-spot registration (CZK 2500): only for non-presenting attendees

Information on how to register will be made available after the notifications of acceptance are sent out.

Thematic Sessions

Workshop 1 on Thursday June 11, Theme: Constraining Allomorphy
Organizer: Prof.  Jonathan Bobaljik, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Descriptions of allomorphy (phonologically unpredictable alternations in the form of a morpheme in some context) seem to require powerful devices (readjustment rules, non-local interactions, morphomes, extensive listing of redundant information, etc). Recent years have seen various attempts across frameworks to restrict theories of allomorphy, for example, in locality or other conditions on possible rules, including proposals to eliminate entire classes of rules (e.g., rules of referral, readjustment rules). This workshop will draw together presentations which speak to the tension between descriptive adequacy and restrictiveness. Papers that address cross-linguistic generalizations as well as those providing in-depth analyses of specific phenomena are particularly encouraged.


Workshop 2 on Saturday June 13, Theme: Language processing from a psycholinguistic and cognitive perspective
Organizers: Dr. Jan Chromý, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; Dr. Norbert Vanek, University of York, United Kingdom

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the issues of language processing of various typologically different languages with a special focus on Slavic and languages of Central Europe. The workshop is open to applicants conducting experimental and empirical research in this broad topic. Papers addressing various levels of processing in L1 and/or L2 (from psycholinguistic or cognitive perspective) are welcome (either as oral or poster presentations). Innovative research designs are particularly encouraged.

Program and Book of Abstracts

To be announced.

Information for Presenters

Oral presentations

Each paper in an oral session will be allotted 40 minutes, including 5 – 10 minutes for discussion, i.e. the talk should last no more than 35 minutes.
The language of the presentation is English. Non-English examples should be properly glossed and translated to English.

Available technology: We will provide a PC with Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader connected to a dataprojector and speakers. We strongly advise you to bring your presentation on a USB flash drive or CD/DVD because we cannot guarantee your laptop will be compatible with our on-site equipment (especially applies to Mac users). Presenters will have 10 minutes before the beginning of every oral session to check their presentations on the equipment. A technical assistant will be present to help.

Handouts: The organizers believe that the audience at a scientific conference deserves (apart from hearing and watching the presentation) some kind of printed material (handout), containing main arguments, examples, the proposed hypothesis and bibliography. The presenters are therefore asked to bring their handouts with them, about 25-30 copies: 1-3 sheets of paper, printed on one or both sides  (about 12 point font – because there may be visually handicapped people present). If more handouts are needed (we cannot predict the audience size in a given section), there will be copy machines available and willing student helpers.

Poster presentations

The language of the presentation is English. Non-English examples should be properly glossed and translated to English.

Posting: Authors of posters are required to be present during their poster session to discuss their posters with interested conference goers.
Authors should attach their posters to the boards before the beginning of the session (materials for attaching will be provided).
Posters should be removed from the boards by their presenters before the next poster session begins or in the evening following the presentation. Posters left on the boards will be removed by the organizers and can be collected at the registration desk.

Format: The poster boards are in the portrait orientation, their size is ISO A1 format (594 mm width, 841 mm height). The main text should be in a large enough font (e.g. 32 pts). The text should be brief and presented in bullet-point or numbered lists as much as possible. Avoid long paragraphs.
We recommend to poster presenters to prepare reduced-size copies of their posters (e.g. A4 sheets) to be handed out.


Conference venue

The 2020 Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco 2020) will be held in the recently restored Palacký University Faculty of Arts.

This building which served for hundreds of years as a college related to the Moravian archbishopric is centrally located among other historic buildings atop the city walls. It overlooks a verdant park that separates the conference venue and the dormitory accommodations.

Both the conference venue and the accommodations are easily accessible by tram lines. Visit practical information for more.

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts
Address: Křížkovského 10, Olomouc, 771 80

Practical information


From Prague to Olomouc: The easiest way to get from Václav Havel Airport Prague to the main train station (Praha, hlavní nádraží, sometimes abbreviated to Praha, hl. n.) is to take the Airport Express (AE) bus. It stops right in front of the arrival hall (a bit to the right, the last bus stop) and takes you directly to the main train station which is the terminus. You buy the ticket from the driver for Kč 60 (about EURO 2.5, but the driver does not accept foreign currencies, so you have to exchange money at the airport, try to have a 200 crown note or less). The ticket machines at the stop do not sell this ticket. Timetable here. More info here.

There are also coaches going directly from the Prague airport to Olomouc. More info at the Student Agency website, or call: +420 542 424 242 or +420 800 100 300.

Another coach-operating company:

From Vienna to Olomouc: We recommend to take the Student Agency coach which goes directly to Olomouc (3 times daily). See the company website, or call: +420 542 424 242 or +420 800 100 300.

Coming by train: Olomouc is easily reached by express trains (2.5 hours from Prague, 3.5 hours form Vienna, 3 hours from Katowice). Online connection searchOnline map of train delays (in Czech).

Coming by car or coach: All major roads are open. Online map of trafic in Central Europe.

Coming by air: The closest airports are in Ostrava (2 hours by bus and train), Brno (2 hours), Prague (3.5 hours), Bratislava (4 hours), Katowice (4 hours) and Vienna (4.5 hours).

More general information about traveling to Olomouc can be found here.

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts
Address: Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, 771 80


Pre-reserved accommodation (within walking distance of the conference venue): The organizers have made preliminary bookings in a conveniently located university dormitory. To book your room, please contact the facility before May 1 (contact info provided below) and mention “Olinco 2020” as the password.

Dormitory Generála Svobody (600 meters to venue)
– Address: Šmeralova 1122/12, Olomouc
– 25 rooms reserved until May 1, 2020
– 2 neighbouring rooms with shared toilet and shower:
Single room 590 CZK per night
Two-bed room 400 CZK per person and night
– Credit card payment or payment in Czech crowns is expected at arrival
– Contact:, +420 585 638 016, +420 777 000 202
– Web:

Tips on other possible accommodation in the vicinity of the conference venue:

Hotel V Ráji (500 meters to venue)
Address: Hanáckého pluku 10, Olomouc, 779 00
Contact:, +420 585 223 500

Hotel U Dómu (300 meters to venue)
Address: Dómská 4, Olomouc 77200
Tel.: +420 585 220 813, +420 724 335 609

Penzion Na Hradbách  (800 meters to venue)
Address: Hrnčířská 3, Olomouc 772 00
Tel./ Fax: +420 585 233 243, +420 602 755 848

Pension Křivá  (1100 meters to venue)
Address: Křivá 8, Olomouc, 772 00
Tel.: +420 585 209 204

Hotel Pension Na Hradě (700 meters to venue)
Address: Michalská  4, Olomouc, 779 00
Tel.: +420 585 203 231
Fax: +420 585 203 232

Penzion Bellis
Address: Šemberova 46/2
Tel.: +420 777 986 689

Miss Sophie’s Hotel
Address: Denisova 292/33
Tel.:+ 420 587 203 509

Long Story Short
Address: Koželužská 945/31
Tel.:  +420 588008278, +420 606090469

If you don’t choose among the hotels listed above, you can look for other accommodation possibilities here.

The Czech koruna (CZK or Kč) is the official currency in the Czech Republic. Exchange rates for all major currencies are available here.

Czech sockets are standard European sockets CEE 7/5, with a voltage of 230 V/50Hz. All visitors coming from countries using appliances/plugs that do not work with such sockets/voltages (e.g. USA, UK) are advised to bring adapters.

Mobile phones
Czech mobile phone operators use both of the two standard European GSM bands, 1800 and 900 MHz. All European mobile phones will work without problems but visitors from the US may need a tri-band phone. The country calling code for the Czech Republic is +420.

Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate, with temperatures averaging 17°C during the day in early June. Worst comes to worst, a raincoat or an umbrella may be of some use. Current forecast is available here.


Selected papers presented at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2020 will be included in a peer-reviewed conference proceedings. We will contact presenters with the details after the conference.

Selected papers that were presented at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2018 have been included in a peer-reviewed volume entitled Proceedings of the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2018.

The book of Proceedings of the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2016 is available here (.pdf).
The electronic version of the Olinco 2014 proceedings, entitled Complex Visibles Out There, can be downloaded here (.pdf). The volume is a part of the Olomouc Modern Language Series.

Selected papers presented at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2013 are included in the proceedings entitled Language Use and Linguistic Structure (.pdf) and in a separate themed monograph entitled Nominal Structures: All in Complex DPs (.pdf). Both books have been included in the Web of Science™.

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