Abstracts submission

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


1. 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.)


2. Length. The text of the abstract should be maximally one page long. Data in the abstract should be presented schematically so as to fit within this single page. Bibliography and any tables or figures may be submitted on a second page.


3. Format. The abstract, with the title included, should be written in Times New Roman 12 point font, with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. Please limit the formatting to a minimum. We recommend using one of the two prepared tempates:

    Olinco 2014 Abstract Template.doc (MS Word)

    Olinco 2014 Abstract Template.odt (Open Office)

4. Acceptable file format. The abstract should be submitted as a PDF file. Please make sure that all fonts are embedded in the file. (A free PDF generator is available here.) If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to supply an editable Word or Open Office file for inclusion in a book of abstracts.


5. 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. Extended deadline: 10 February 2014.


Lavidas, Nikolaos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Lehečková, Eva (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Lenertová, Denisa (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Macurová Alena (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Macháček, Jaroslav (Palacký University in Olomouc)

Malá, Jiřina (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Malá, Markéta (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Martin-Gonzalez, Javier (University of Seville, Spain)

Martinková, Michaela (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Medová-Taraldsen, Lucie (University of Tromsø, Norway)

Miechowicz-Mathiasen,  Katarzyna (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)

Nádvorníková, Olga (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Nagy, Marek (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Newson, Mark (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)

Ouhalla, Jamal (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Peters, Sandra (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)

Pinet, Melanie (University College London, UK)

Podlipský, Václav Jonáš (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Pořízka, Petr (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Rothstein, Susan (Bar-Illan University, Israel)

Rozwadowska, Bozena (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)

Rutkowski, Pawel (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Servidio, Emilio (University of Siena, Italy)

Sigurdsson, Halldor (University of Lund, Sweden)

Shi, Rushen (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

Skarnitzl, Radek (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Spilková, Helena (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Norway)

Stankovic, Branimir (University of Niš, Serbia)

Stehlíková, Olga (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Suranyi , Balazs (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)

Šimík, Radek (Universität Potsdam, Germany)

Spáčilová, Libuše (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Šimáčková, Šárka (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Tárnyiková , Jarmila (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Trofimovich, Pavel (Concordia University, Canada)

Tsimpli, Ianthi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Uličný, Oldřich (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Vaňková, Lenka (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Veselovská, Ludmila (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Wallis, Sean (University College London, UK)

Widdowson, H.G. (University of Vienna, Austria)

Wood, Jim (Yale University, CT, USA)

Xiao, Richard (Lancaster University, UK)

Zajícová, Lenka (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Zehnalová, Jitka (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Zeijlstra, Hedde (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)

Ziková, Markéta (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic)



The Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco) is a general linguistics conference held at least biannually at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. It covers synchronic or diachronic aspects of grammar, phonology, or semantics. Papers can treat language description, language acquisition, performance, translation, or language deficits. Olinco 2014 was held on 5 – 7 June 2014 (Thurs. - Sat.) in Olomouc, Czech Republic in the recently restored Art Centre of Palacký University.
The topic of the conference was language use and linguistic structure. The contributions included and justified proposals for linguistic structure, and at the same time related these structures to some aspect of language use, such as information structure, phonetics, or meaning. This year the conference also included four specialized workshops. Workshops
The colloquium included sessions on general linguistic topics as well as the four more specialized workshop sessions:
Speech Acquisition, Semantics of Referring Expressions, Corpora of spoken language and Romance Syntax. Papers and posters
Proposals were received for oral presentations and posters in the form of abstracts related to the general topic and/or a workshop topic. Poster sessions were an integral part of the conference program. The language of the conference was English. All abstract submissions were anonymously reviewed by an international committee of linguists. There will be no conference fee Accommodation grants Authors of accepted oral presentations (or two co-authors) received up to four nights’ accommodation in shared rooms in a university dormitory (within walking distance of the conference venue). More information available below. Important dates Abstract submission deadline: extended to 10 February 2014
Notification of acceptance: 17 March 2014
Early Registration (no fee involved): 1 – 18 April 2014
Conference: 5 – 7 June 2014
Board of reviewers

Aarts, Bas (University College London, UK)

Aijmer, Karin (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Arsenijević, Boban (University of Niš, Serbia)

Barešová, Ivona  (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Beňuš, Štefan (Constantine the Philosopher University, Slovakia)

Biberauer, Theresa (University of Cambridge, UK)

Biskup, Petr (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Bohn, Ocke-Schwen (Aarhus Universiteit, Denmark)

Bondaruk, Anna (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)

Caha, Pavel (University of Tromsø, Norway)

Cetnarowska, Bożena (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)

Cooke, Martin (Basque Science Foundation, Spain; Universidad del País Vasco, Spain)

Cyrino, Sonia (State University of Campinas, Brazil)

Čech, Radek (University of Ostrava and Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Čermáková, Anna (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Davidse, Kristin (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Dotlačil, Jakub (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)

Dufek, Ondřej (Institute of the Czech Language of the AS CR, Prague, Czech Republic)

Escudero, Paola (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Emonds, Joseph (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Faarlund, Jan Terje (University of Oslo, Norway)

Fábregas, Antonio  (University of Tromsø, Norway)

Fălăuș, Anamaria (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Fiala, Karel (Fukui Prefectural University, Japan)

Fried, Mirjam (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Gast, Volker (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany)

Gutiérrez Rubio, Enrique (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Hajičová, Eva (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

Hamann, Silke (Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Hirschová, Milada (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

Holeš, Jan (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Hopkinson, Christopher (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Hudousková, Andrea (Charles University, Czech Republic)

Chládková, Kateřina (Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Iraide (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Isabel García, Ana (University of Tokyo, Japan)

Janebová, Markéta (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Jarque, Maria Josep (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Jettmarová, Zuzana (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

Jiménez-Fernández, Angel Luis (University of Seville, Spain)

Jónsson, Jóhannes Gísli (University of Iceland)

Kettnerová, Václava (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Krappmann, Marie (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Krejčová, Ela (Akcent College, Prague, Czech Republic)

Kučerová, Ivona (McMaster University, Canada)

Kudrnáčová, Naděžda (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic)

Kula, Nancy (University of Essex, UK)

General colloquium

- Bas Aarts (University College London) (abstract .pdf)

- David Adger (Queen Mary, University of London) (abstract .pdf)

- Noam Chomsky (MIT, Cambridge, Mass.) (abstract .pdf)


Workshop coordinators

Speech Acquisition

  - Linda Polka (McGill University, Montreal)

  - Ocke-Schwen Bohn (Aarhus University)

Semantics of Referring Expressions

  - Mojmír Dočekal (Masaryk University, Brno)

  - Berit Gehrke (Université Paris Diderot)

Corpora of Spoken Language: Processing and Linguistic Analysis

  - Sean Wallis (University College London)


Romance Syntax

  - Ángel Jiménez-Fernández (Universidad de Sevilla)


Featured invited speakers

Keynote lectures video recordings

Noam Chomsky: Problems of Projection: Extensions

David Adger: Constraints on Phrase Structure – slideshow here (.pdf)

The entire photogallery from Olinco 2014 is available here (hosted on Google).

Pictures and videos from the 2014 conference


The colloquium will include sessions on general linguistic topics as well as the four more specialized workshop sessions:



Speech Acquisition (Thu. June 5)

Coordinators and discussants:

Linda Polka (McGill University, Montreal) The development of phonetic perception:  a journey guided by speech input and intake.

Ocke-Schwen Bohn (Aarhus University) L2 speech learning: Do cross-language phonetic relationships provide a full account?

This workshop will focus on acquisition of L1 and L2 phonetics and phonology by children and adults. We welcome contributions on topics such as monolingual and bilingual acquisition of segments and prosody, typical and atypical development of L1 and L2 speech production and perception, implications of acquisitional data for phonological theory, models of phonological development.



Semantics of Referring Expressions (Thu. June 5)

Coordinators and discussants:

Mojmír Dočekal (Masaryk University, Brno)

Berit Gehrke (Université Paris Diderot)

The workshop aims to bring together linguists interested in the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, focusing on interpretative issues related to nominal complexes. The theme should not exclude papers on other subjects, but submissions traditionally related to this theme (indefinite/definite NPs, plurality/kind/mass denoting NPs and referential pronouns) are especially welcome.



Corpora of Spoken Language: Processing and Linguistic analysis (Sat. June 7)

Coordinator: Sean Wallis (University College London)

Discussant: Bas Aarts (University College London)

The workshop aims to stimulate a discussion between those who create corpora of spoken language and those who use them for linguistic analyses of grammar and lexis. We welcome contributions on topics related to the creation and annotation of corpora of spoken language, as well corpus-based analyses of spoken language data.



Romance Syntax (Sat. June 7)

Coordinator: Ángel Jiménez Fernández (Universidad de Sevilla)

The aim of this workshop is to discuss some hot topics in syntactic theory, based on the behavior of Romance languages. It includes the prepositional domain and the nominal domain, but also the CP domain, focusing on the interaction of syntactic, semantic and discourse properties of different types of constructions.


Program Information for presenters

Oral presentations


Each paper in an oral session will be allotted 35 minutes, including 5 - 10 minutes for discussion, i.e. the talk should last not more than 30 minutes.


Available technology: We will provide a PC with Microsoft Office, Open 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


Posting: Posting: Each poster can be on display for the whole day for which it was scheduled. Authors of posters are required to be present during their poster session to discuss their posters with interested conference goers.

Authors can either attach their posters to the board themselves (materials for attaching will be provided), or submit them to the poster assistant at the registration desk. A poster assistant will always be present during the registration hours and breaks.

Posters should be removed from the boards by their presenters in the evening following the presentation. Posters submitted to the poster assistant will be removed by the organizers and can be collected at the reception desk.


Format: The poster boards are in the portrait orientation, their size is ISO A0 format (841 mm width, 1189 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.

Olinco 2014: Preliminary program (.pdf)

In case some presenters have serious reasons to ask for a minor change in scheduling, we are ready to do our best to integrate it. Therefore the scheduling of individual presentations may change a little as the conference nears - most likely within the same period of the same day - if the change is more serious, we will let you know.


The book of abstracts for the conference is available here (.pdf).

Conference venue
Practical information
Travel Accommodation

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.


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 accessible by express trains from Prague, Vienna, or Warsaw. Online map of train delays (in Czech).


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


General information: Olomouc is easily reached by express trains (2.5 hours from Prague, 3.5 hours form Vienna, 3 hours from Katowice).


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.


Accommodation grants: Authors of accepted oral presentations (or two co-authors) will receive up to four nights' accommodation in shared rooms (2-3 persons) in a university dormitory (within walking distance of the conference venue).


Dormitory Generála Svobody

Address: Šmeralova 12, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 77111

tel. (reception): +420 585 638 175


Dormitory Bedřicha Václavka

Address: Šmeralova 8, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 77111

tel. (reception): +420 585 638 300


Pre-reserved Accommodation: If you are an oral presenter who is not intereseted in the accomodation grant, a poster presenter or you will attend Olinco as a member of the audience only, below there is a number of pre-reserved accomodation facilities ready to take bookings under the keyword “Olinco”.  Please, contact the desired facility by 20th April at the latest. Free rooms after this date are not guaranteed.


Penzion Na Hradbách  (450 meters to venue)

Address: Hrnčířská 3, Olomouc 772 00

Tel./ Fax: +420 585 233 243, +420 602 755 848

E-mail: rezervace@nhpension.eu

700 – 1500 CZK for a single room per night


Pension Křivá  (650 meters to venue)

Address: Křivá 8, Olomouc, 772 00

Tel.: +420 585 209 204

E-mail: info@pension-kriva.cz

1550–2000 CZK for a single room per night


Hotel Ibis (1300 meters to venue)

Address: Wolkerova 29, Olomouc, 772 00

Tel: .: +420 585 722 110

Fax:  +420 585 722 102

Email:  H8248@ACCOR.COM

1500 CZK for a single/double room per night


Hotel V Ráji  (400 meters to venue)

Address: Hanáckého pluku 10, Olomouc, 779 00

Tel.: +420 585 223 500

Fax: +420 585 223 500

E-mail: hotel.vraji@seznam.cz

1500–2100 CZK for a single room per night


Hotel Palác (650 meters to venue)

Address: 1. Máje 27, Olomouc, 779 00

Tel.: +420 585 242 175

E-mail: info@hotelpalac.cz

1400–1800 CZK for a single room per night


Other Accommodation possibilities: If you don't choose among the pre-reserved hotels, you can look for other accommodation possibilities here.


The Czech koruna (CZK or Kč) is the official currency in the Czech Republic. The approximate exchange rate (as of 26 March 2014) is 27.4 CZK to a Euro and 19.8 CZK to a US Dollar. 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.

The 2014 Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco 2014) will be held in the recently restored Art Centre of Palacký University.


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.


The keynote lectures will take place in the projection theatre of  Metropol cinema,  found at the centre of Olomouc.

Both the conference venues and accommodations are easily accessible by tramways. Visit practical information for more.


Art Centre of Palacký University Olomouc

Address: Univerzitní 3, Olomouc, 771 80

Web: http://www.upol.cz/en/art-centre/


Kino Metropol / Metropol cinema

Address: Sokolská 25, Olomouc, 779 00

Web: http://www.kinometropol.cz/ (Czech)



The electronic version of the peer-reviewed conference 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).


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at olinco@upol.cz.

Olinco series

Previous Olinco editions:




Organizing Committee

Ludmila Veselovská

Michaela Martinková

Václav Jonáš Podlipský

Markéta Janebová

Šárka Šimáčková


Postal address:

Olinco 2013 Organizing Committee

Dept. of English and American Studies

Palacký University Olomouc

Křížkovského 10

Olomouc 77900

Czech Republic


Tel.: +420 58 563 3103

Fax.: +420 58 563 3101