8-10 June 2023
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, among others. Papers may also 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 (workshops).
Important information on funding: Participants from Erasmus programme countries can apply for funding at their home institutions to have their travel costs funded with the Blended Intensive Program Erasmus+ . Please see below.
(Czech Academy of Sciences
& Charles University in Prague)
Language learning beginnings
Abstract: Most people come to be language learning beginners at least twice in their lifetime: once rather early when they acquire their native language, and then again, at a somewhat later age when they start to learn a second language. While the development of the first and second language seem to be dramatically different processes, one can as well identify similarities between them. In this talk, I will focus on the initial stages of first and second language acquisition and present a series of experiments with infants and adults that targeted the early stages of native and non-native language development. Based on data from speakers and listeners with various language backgrounds and in various learning scenarios, I will argue that second-language adult learners have access to at least some of the learning mechanisms that were active during their first-language development in infancy. The findings will be discussed in light of influential models of language development.
Marcel den Dikken
(Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics & Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
P, alternatively — On adpositions, their distribution, and their license for silence
Abstract: Building in part on previous work (some of it done in collaboration with Éva Dékány) and in part on new material, this paper presents an integral perspective on the circumstances determining the distribution of adpositions in syntax and phonology, with particular emphasis on (a) the status of individual tokens of adpositions as heads of lexical PPs or of functional projections, and (b) the conditions under which the head of a syntactically projected PP can remain silent. On the agenda for discussion are (i) argument-structure alternations in which one member features an overt P and the other does not (the conative alternation, the dative/applicative alternation), (ii) prepositions as copular mediators of predication relationships in syntax, and (iii) the link between P and case, and the principled distribution of autonomous and alternative realization of P (in the sense of Emonds’ work).
(Free University of Berlin, Germany)
On the historical development of asymmetries: The case of directional demonstratives in Germanic
Abstract: The structuring and encoding of motion events through language, the shape of the linguistic inventories found in individual languages, as well as the symmetries and asymmetries manifested by such systems have received a great deal of attention during the last four decades. The vast majority of the relevant studies adopted a purely synchronic perspective and diachronic studies of the relevant phenomena, such as Luraghi, Nikitina & Zanchi (2017), are rare exceptions. The aim of this paper is to make a contribution to this discussion by analyzing in detail one type of directional expression in one language family, viz. directional demonstratives in Germanic languages, the structure of the relevant systems at different stages of individual languages, the reduction and loss of oppositions and the resultant creation of striking asymmetries. The results of the descriptive part will be examined and evaluated from a comparative and typological perspective.
Important dates and info
Abstract submission deadline:
WORKSHOPS: 16 January 2023
MAIN SESSIONS: 31 January 2023.
Notification of acceptance:
WORKSHOPS: 31 January 2023
MAIN SESSIONS: 1 March 2023.
Conference: 8 – 10 June, 2023
Proceedings submission deadline: 31 October 2023
Papers and posters
We welcome proposals for full oral presentations and short presentations (posters) in the form of abstracts related to the general topic and/or a workshop topic. Abstract submission guidelines are given below. 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). All papers will be presented on-site.
– The grammar of results| Organizer: Éva Kardos, University of Debrecen, Hungary
– Deictics and Demonstratives: Comparative and Empirical Approaches | Organizer: Volker Gast (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
– Acquiring speech sounds and prosody in childhood and adulthood | Organizers: Šárka Šimáčková & Václav Jonáš Podlipský (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic)
Funding: Participants from Erasmus programme countries can apply for funding at their home institutions to have their travel costs funded with the Blended Intensive Program Erasmus+) . For more details, see here.
- no registration fee for workshop participants who apply for the Blended Intensive Program Erasmus+ funding
- 60EUR for other participants
I. PROPOSALS: Abstracts of oral presentations and posters (short presentations) 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 2021 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).
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).
Acceptable file format of the revised abstract. The revised abstract should be submitted as a PDF file . Please make sure that all fonts are embedded in the file.
To be submitted by 1 May 2023.
Registration for presenters: TBA.
Registration for members of audience: TBA.
Presenters as well as non-presenting members of audience from Erasmus programme countries can apply for funding at their home institutions to have their travel costs funded. For more details, see here
Selection of pictures from 2014 – 2018 Olinco conferences:
Workshop 1, Topic: The grammar of results
Organizer: Éva Kardos (University of Debrecen, Hungary)
In this workshop we would like to explore the syntax and semantics of result-denoting elements such as verbal particles, prefixes and resultative secondary predicates across languages. We invite submissions addressing, but not limited to, the following questions:
- What kind of constraints characterize the number and type of results that can be expressed in a single clause? This question can, for example, be addressed in the context of Slavic prefixes and English expressions such as knock someone unconscious to the ground and knock someone down dead. According to Ausensi and Bigolin (2021), these English examples illustrate structures with a low depictive and a result state complement and so do not pose a challenge for the Unique Path Constraint (Tenny 1987, 1994, Goldberg 1991) on the condition that it is understood as a syntactic constraint. As for Slavic prefixes, it has been proposed by a number of scholars that they fall into two (or three) classes based on their (in)ability to stack and their position before the verb (and some other diagnostics) (Svenonius 2004, Tatevosov 2008). For instance, lexical prefixes have been argued to be unable to stack and occupy a VP-internal position, whereas superlexical prefixes can stack and are often assumed to sit further away from the verbal root in a VP-external position (Svenonius 2004). Recently, however, Marušič et al. (2022) have carried out a corpus analysis of prefixes in Slovenian and found that a small set of prefixes do appear in stacking environments (see, for example, vz-peti ‘climb’ vs. po-vz-peti ‘climb’ and po-staviti ‘put/stand’ and vz-po-staviti ‘establish’) in spite of the fact that they express idiosyncratic or spatial meanings, typical of lexical prefixes. They propose based on Žaucer (2013) that they should be analyzed as result and result-modifying prefixes and so again argue against the hypothesis that two results of the same type appear within the VP. It would be interesting to examine whether such structures are also available in other (Slavic) languages and, if so, how it is best to represent their syntax and semantics. If, by contrast, they are not available, it would be good to see what alternative strategies languages use to express what the Slovenian doubly prefixed verbs like those above do.
- What kind of semantics characterizes result-denoting elements across languages? English-type verbal particles like up in eat up and resultative secondary predicates seem to just express result states, whereas result-denoting verbal particles like meg in Hungarian have been shown to be also associated with event quantification (Halm 2015, Kardos 2016). Some Slavic prefixes have also been argued to encode event quantification, but they are also known to have adverbial meanings rather than resultative ones (see Svenonius’s (2004) superlexical prefixes). We would like to see if resultative elements in other languages have a quantificational effect on events and whether this has any consequences for their structural representation.
- What is the relationship between the expression of results and telicity? In English it has been argued that these notions are independent of each other (Rappaport Hovav and Levin 2010) as many result verbs such as cool and warm are not lexically telic and “some instances of telicity cannot be analyzed in terms of a result state” (ibid. 27) (see, for example, telic read a book), whereas in languages like Hungarian a morphologically complex result verb is often necessary for telic interpretations (contextual cues do not generally play a role in telicity) and so the two notions can more easily be equated here. It would be useful to look into other languages, as well, and see how it is best to model the relationship that holds between these notions.
Workshop 2, Topic: Deictics and Demonstratives: Comparative and Empirical Approaches
Organizer: Volker Gast (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
This workshop aims to bring together linguists and scholars from related fields investigating the use of expressions whose interpretation is a function of the context of speech (deixis), often combined with a non-verbal signal, such as a pointing gesture (demonstratives). Deixis and demonstration are central elements of linguistic systems and play a particularly important role in language acquisition. Their interpretation relies on both social and situated cognition, insofar as they require joint attention and perspective taking, and physical interaction with elements of the context of speech. Deixis and demonstratives are thus located at the interface of linguistic and meta-linguistic behaviour, opening up a broad range of topics for investigation.
Abstracts are invited dealing with any aspect relating to the function or use of deictics and demonstratives, e.g.
- comparative (typological or contrastive) studies of spoken or signed languages
- empirical (observational or experimental) investigations of their interpretation, use or acquisition
- multimodal studies dealing with the interaction of verbal and non-verbal (e.g. visual, kinesic, haptic) signals
Workshop 3, Topic: Acquiring speech sounds and prosody in childhood and adulthood
Organizers: Václav Jonáš Podlipský & Šárka Šimáčková (Palacký University Olomouc)
The workshop, a follow-up to Kateřina Chládková’s keynote talk, invites researchers in the fields of L1 and L2 phonetics and phonology to present the results of empirical and theoretical work. We welcome contributions that address topics in first- and second-language speech acquisition including, but not limited to, the following areas:
- the acquisition of L1 and L2 segments and prosody
- L1 and L2 speech perception and production
- L1 and L2 sound representation and patterning
- native and non-native speech
- cross-linguistic influences in bilingual speech
- the neurolinguistics of sound processing
- speech development in infancy
- methodological innovations in L1 and L2 speech learning research
The conference programme: TBA
The Book of Abstracts: TBA
Oral presentations (on-site only)
Poster presentations (on-site only)
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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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.
Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2023 proceedings: selected papers will be included in a peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings (to be published in 2024).
Submission deadline: 31 October 2023.
Olinco 2021: Selected papers presented at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2021 were included in a peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings entitled Language Use and Linguistic Structure. Proceedings of the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2021.
Olinco 2018: 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 (included in the Web of Science™).
Olinco 2016: 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.
Olinco 2013: 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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