The Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM) is an annual general linguistics conference that continues the tradition of the Polish–English contrastive conferences started by Jacek Fisiak in 1970. The name "Poznań Linguistic Meeting" was adopted in 1997, when Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk took over as the Head of the Organising Committee. The Meetings are organised by the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. Materials from past PLMs are archived here.


It is with great pride that we announce that we will be celebrating the 50th edition of the Poznań Linguistic Meeting on 17–20 September 2020. The meeting will be organised by the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. This jubilee edition will focus on the impact of linguistic research on our cognition and knowledge. We hope that its leitmotif, "Linguistics matters: On the importance of the study of language in the modern world," will encourage participants to submit contributions from any area of linguistics, providing evidence for the discipline's relevance for communication and cognition on both a societal and individual level. Proposals are welcome of workshop/thematic sessions around issues and concepts that matter to/in linguistics (e.g., "word order matters," "individual variation matters," "usage matters," etc.). Plenary speakers of past PLMs will be invited to participate in the PLM2020 Grand Debate on the leitmotif of the conference. There will also be other events reflecting the special character of this 50th edition of one of Europe's leading linguistics conferences.

Plenary events

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

Additional 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): Similarity in multilingual perceptual development and attrition

Thirty years of contrastive linguistics conferences: A session in memory of Jacek Fisiak (1936–2019)

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.

Great returns

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.

Grand debate

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.

Thematic sessions and more

We welcome submissions for thematic sessions and workshops. There will be a special session for PhD candidates.