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CALL FOR PAPERS: 50th Poznań Linguistic Meeting: “Linguistics matters: On the importance of the study of language in the modern world”

The keynote address will be given by Ian Maddieson (University of New Mexico).

Plenary speakers confirmed so far:
– Martine Robbeets (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
– Joanna Pawelczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
– Charles B. Chang (Boston University)

Over several recent editions, PLM has developed a tradition of the plenary speakers debating on topics related to each year's leitmotif. To make the debate even more special for the jubilee edition, we have decided to extend an invitation to participate in it to our past plenary speakers. We think we are justified in hoping for an in-depth and stimulating discussion on the importance of linguistics today.   

We invite proposals for thematic/workshop sessions. A session proposal should include a clear statement of its objectives/topic/message (about 300 words) as well as at least four names of speakers (with affiliations) who have declared their willingness to submit papers and participate in the conference, and a sample bibliography. The proposals will be subject to review by our International Advisory Board. Please note that the organiser(s) of a thematic/workshop session will be expected to solicit submissions, advertise the session through appropriate channels, organise the reviewing process, and submit a complete set of accepted abstracts by the main submission deadline. We reserve the right to make final decisions regarding the inclusion of thematic/workshop session papers in the programme.

So far, two thematic sessions have been confirmed:

– Inclusive linguistic research matters: Underrepresented populations, unexplored contexts, and emerging types of data (convened by Bartosz Brzoza and Anita Wagner)
– Word order matters (convened by Jacek Witkoś)

A session in memory of Prof. Jacek Fisiak and the Contrastive Linguistics Conferences will be organised by Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk and Camiel Hamans. In 1970, the late Jacek Fisiak (1936-2019) organised the first Polish-English contrastive linguistics conference. When Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk took over the organization of this series of conferences in 1997, the name Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM) was adopted. So, the 2020 PLM will be the 50th Poznań conference, which is not only a good reason to put a spotlight on the conference itself, but even more so to commemorate the one who took the initiative for this series of meetings - Jacek Fisiak. This cannot be done better than by focusing attention on the subject that was so dear to him - contrastive linguistics. Our aim is to organize a full-day session during the 50th PLM. There is an intention to publish the papers from this session in a separate volume.

We aim both for contributions that look back on fifty years of research in contrastive linguistics, and in particular, the contributions that the conferences organized by Jacek Fisiak and his successors have made, as well as for papers that deal with topics that are current in contrastive linguistics research.

Over the years, many eminent linguists graduating from Poznań have gone on to pursue their research careers at different research centres around the world. There will be a special session organised for them during PLM2020, too. We've already received confirmation from Adam Jaworski, Joanna Kopaczyk, Anna Cieślicka, Sylwia Scheuer, Piotr Jagodziński, and Magdalena Bator.

A special poster session will be organised for PhD candidates starting their careers in linguistics or related disciplines. The goal of the session is to provide a platform for all early-career researchers willing to present their PhD projects to a larger scientific community, with a view to receiving valuable feedback on their work at an early stage of development.

Proposals of papers are invited for both ORAL and POSTER SESSIONS related to the leitmotif and to other topics within modern linguistics. Each paper in the general oral sessions will be given 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Poster sessions will form an integral part of the conference programme. The number of submissions is limited to one single-authored plus one co-authored abstract per author (or two co-authored ones). This limitation does not apply to PhD candidate posters. The language of the conference is English. All abstracts will be processed using the EasyChair conference management system. The submissions will be reviewed by our International Advisory Board. Please visit our website for more detailed abstract submission guidelines, along with abstract review criteria.

– submission deadline for the thematic session proposals: 31 January 2020
– notification of acceptance for thematic sessions: 15 February 2020
– submission deadline for ALL abstracts (oral and poster sessions): 22 March 2020
– notification of acceptance for papers and posters: mid-April 2020

Looking forward to seeing you in Poznań!

PLM2020 Organising Committee
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk
Jarosław Weckwerth

Bartosz Brzoza
Alyona Kononenko-Szoszkiewicz
Marcin Naranowicz
Ewelina Wojtkowiak

PLM2020 Organising Committee
Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Collegium Heliodori Święcicki, Grunwaldzka 6, 60–780 Poznań, Poland
Tel: (+48 61) 829 3506, Fax: (+48 61) 852 3103


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