PLM 2003


34th Poznan Linguistic Meeting

1-3 May 2003




The 34th Poznan Linguistic Meeting, organised by the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, will be held under the patronage of the Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Bronislaw Marciniak. The conference will focus on hot topics in contemporary linguistics. The already known points of the programme include:


Plenary talks:

Prof. Ronald A. Cole (Center for Spoken Language Research, University of Colorado at Boulder);

Prof. John C. Wells (University College, London);

Prof. Peter Trudgill (University of Fribourg).



Workshop: “Focus on Accents”, organised by

Joanna Przedlacka (Warsaw,

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk (Poznan,

The workshop aims to discuss choices of a pronunciation variety for EFL and the plausibility of teaching standard/reference accents such as RP/GA as opposed to alternative, artificially derived models such as Lingua Franca Core. We also hope to look at current changes in the pronunciation of English. We plan to look at educational and pedagogical aspects of the issue, and a realistic (minimum) syllabus for a foreign learner. Prof. J.C. Wells’s and Prof. Trudgill’s keynote speeches will open the workshop. Other already known participants include Ewa Waniek-Klimczak (Lodz/Plock) and the phonetics teaching team of the School of English, AMU Poznan.



Workshop: “Rhythm as structure and process”, organised by

Dafydd Gibbon (Bielefeld,

Grazyna Demenko (Poznan,

The characterisation of temporal regularity, the quantification of rhythmicity, the functionality of rhythm and the aesthetics of metre have fascinated phoneticians, phonologists, discourse analysts, and poets in various waxing and waning fashions for centuries. Most recently, the contribution of rhythm to naturalness and comprehensibility in speech synthesis has added to the interest. But the field has remained extremely diverse. On the one extreme, the terminology of poetic versification is often used to characterise rhythm, and on the other hand, experimental methods for quantifying vowel-consonant relationships or for relating timing patterns to a prosodic hierarchy have been developed in recent studies covering and comparing many different languages. In between, rhythm is modelled structurally in approaches such as metrical phonology. Open questions await answers, such as the question of whether rhythm is a factor in speech production, a construct in speech perception, or both. The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion of contemporary interests in rhythm in the context of speech timing, with a view to developing more integrative computational models in this domain.



Workshop: Government Phonology vs. Natural Phonology, organised by

Eugeniusz Cyran (Lublin,

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk (Poznan,

Contrary to what the title might suggest, the aim of the workshop is to compare rather than contradict the views of the two frameworks on particular issues in phonological theory. We have noted that, despite the obvious differences, there are a number of common interests and similarities in the treatment of phonotactics, markedness, morphology-phonology interaction, as well as the nature of phonological processes themselves. There areas are quite broad and will be narrowed down to more focused topics as contributions begin to be announced. It is hoped that such a workshop will be beneficial for both frameworks.



Sessions on syntax (convened by Jacek Witkos, Poznan,, diachronic pragmatics (convened by Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky, Poznan/Vienna,, and second language acquisition (convened by Sylwia Scheuer, Poznan, are also planned.





Proposals for papers (as well as OTHER SESSIONS or WORKSHOPS) are invited. 500-word abstracts should be submitted by the end of January 2003, preferably by e-mail (; alternatively, you may send us a diskette (Word for Windows .doc or .rtf).

The abstracts will be reviewed by an international advisory board. The authors will be notified of acceptance by the end of February, 2003.

(Abstracts for WORKSHOPS should be sent directly to the organisers.)





Traditionally, a book exhibition and sale will be organised by the Omnibus bookshop, offering very attractive prices on books by major linguistic publishers.





This time, the conference will be held at the new University campus located in Poznan’s northern suburb of Morasko. The modern campus buildings are an ideal conference venue, offering both all the necessary facilities and attractive surroundings.





Conference participants will be accommodated at the Polonez Hotel at discount prices. Transportation between the hotel and the campus will be provided by the organisers.





For preliminary registration, please use our on-line registration form at

Please register as soon as possible but no later than the end of January, 2003.


The registration fee will be 50 Euros. This will cover:

-          conference materials;

-          coffee/tea/biscuits during coffee breaks;

-          transportation between the hotel and conference venue;

Additionally: lunches for the three days: 25 Euros; conference banquet: 25 Euros.





We strongly recommend contacting us by e-mail ( You may also use our web page, which will be updated on a regular basis. The conventional mail address is:



PLM 2003

School of English

Adam Mickiewicz University

Collegium Novum

Al. Niepodleglosci 4

61-874 Poznan


Tel: (+48 61) 829-35-06

Fax: (+48 61) 852-31-03


PLM Organisers

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk

Jaroslaw Weckwerth

Katarzyna Janicka