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June 9–11 2016, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic        


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, or semantics. 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 related these structures to some aspect of language use, such as information structure, phonetics, or meaning. The conference also includes several specialized thematic sessions.

Olinco 2016 will be held on June 9 (Thu) – 11 (Sat).

Featured invited speakers


David Pesetsky
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Deirdre Wilson
(University College London)


Volker Gast
(Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 10 January 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2016

Early registration deadline (50 EUR): 1 May 2016
Standard registration deadline (60 EUR): 1 June 2016
Conference: 9 – 11 June 2016

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.

Thematic sessions

Thu. 9th June: Quantitative Methods within Linguistcs
by Dan Faltýnek (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic).

Sat. 11 June: Categorial features of Nouns and their projections
by Elizabeth Ritter (University in Beer Sheva, Izrael, and University of Calgary, Canada).

Details to be announced.

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

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 2016 Abstract Template.doc (MS Word)

Olinco 2016 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. Deadline:  January 10, 2016.

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)

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)

Thematic sessions

Thu. 9th June
Quantitative Methods within Linguistcs
by Dan Faltýnek (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic).

Sat. 11 June
Categorial features of Nouns and their projections
by Elizabeth Ritter (University in Beer Sheva, Izrael, and University of Calgary, Canada).

More session themes including their detailed descriptions are to be announced.


Olinco 2016: A tentative program is to be announced

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 of the previous (2014) conference is available here (.pdf).

Information for presenters

Oral presentations

Each paper in an oral session will be allotted 25 minutes, including 5 – 10 minutes for discussion, i.e. the talk should last not more than 20 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: 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 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 2016 Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco 2016) 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 12, Olomouc, 771 80
Web: http://www.ff.upol.cz/en/

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.

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.

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts
Address: Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, 771 80
Web: http://www.ff.upol.cz/en/


Pre-reserved accommodation (within walking distance of the conference venue): The organizers are able to make a reservation for the conference participants in one of the two student dormitories listed below. Those interested specify their request in the registration form. Payment in Czech crowns is expected at arrival. The organizers will make effort to get some accommodation grants for some of the presenters.

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

Other possible (individual) accommodation in the neighborhood of the conference venue:

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 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. 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 electronic version of the peer-reviewed 2014 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 history

Previous Olinco conferences:

Olinco 2013:

Olinco 2014:


Organizing committee:

Joseph Emonds
Ludmila Veselovská
Michaela Martinková
Václav Jonáš Podlipský
Markéta Janebová


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