June 11–13, 2020
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.
The upcoming Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium will take place on June 11-13, 2020.
Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli
(University of Cambridge)
Thu., June 11th
Aspects of linguistic complexity in monolingual and bilingual children’s grammars
Abstract: Coming soon…
Prof. Susanne Wurmbrand
(University of Vienna, Austria)
Fri., June 12th
Implicational hierarchies in syntax
Abstract: Coming soon…
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.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 January, 2020
Notification of acceptance: 15 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
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).
– 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
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.
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 system: follow 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: 15 January, 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_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.
Early registration deadline: TBA
Standard registration deadline: TBA
The information on registration will be made public soon.
Selection of pictures from 2014 – 2018 Olinco conferences:
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.
To be announced.
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.
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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.
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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