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 School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. Materials from past PLMs are archived here.

The 41st Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM2010) was held on 23–26 September 2010 in Gniezno. The leitmotif was Competitive explanations in linguistics: In search of a framework.

Please note that all the content below and on the subpages is archival content from PLM2010. Information on PLM2011, which will be held in May 2011 in Poznań, will be posted in due course. Please revisit this page regularly.

Practical information

We will offer coach transfer to/from Gniezno on the first and last day of the conference. More information here. Additional practical information is available here.

Plenary speakers

Keynote address by William Labov (University of Pennsylvania): "Outward bound: language as a property of the speech community" [PDF abstract].

Confirmed invited plenary speakers:

  • Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna University) [see also here for the NatSIDE group]: "Agents or Vehicles? The role of speakers in directing linguistic evolution" [PDF abstract].
  • Juliette Blevins (Graduate Center, CUNY): "Advances in Evolutionary Phonology: Holistic explanations for common and rare sound patterns". Please note that this lecture has been rescheduled from Sunday to Thursday, 23 Sep, 20:30, and will take the form of a videoconference.
  • Guglielmo Cinque (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice): "The syntax and semantics of adjectives: A comparative view" [PDF abstract]

Papers and sessions

PLM2010 will comprise three thematic discussion sessions and general sessions.

We invite submissions of abstracts for oral presentations at three special thematic discussion sessions, each of which will have space for six presentations. We also invite abstracts for oral or poster presentations at the general sessions (not necessarily related to the conference theme).

Each oral presentation will be given 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Poster presentations will be an integral part of the conference programme. The language of the conference is English.

The three thematic discussion sessions are as follows:

  • Competing explanations of language change and variation [see call for papers]
    conveners: Piotr Gąsiorowski & Jarosław Weckwerth
  • Competing explanations of phonology [see call for papers]
    conveners: Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk & Grzegorz Michalski
  • Lexical and functional decomposition in syntax [see call for papers]
    conveners: Jacek Witkoś & Bartosz Wiland

The thematic discussion sessions will take place on Friday, 24 September (Syntax), Saturday, 25 September (Change and variation) and Sunday, 26 September (Phonology), and will be preceded by invited plenary talks related to the session themes.

Important dates

  • Extended abstract submission deadline: 20 April 2010 (expired)
  • Notification of acceptance: First week of June 2010

1st Call for Papers

If you would like to post the PLM2010 Call for Papers, please use the PDF document below for printing. It is a static document (published 07 Jan 2010) which repeats most of the information on this web site.