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.


The 48th Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM2018) will be held on 13–15 September 2018 in Poznań. The leitmotif will be "Language and evolution: Issues and perspectives" . The ability to communicate using language is an evolved human trait. Therefore, research into language evolution can be understood to inform practically all fields of linguistics. In particular, we would like to reflect on the connections between language evolution and ontogenetic development of language and multilingualism, but all other perspectives are welcome.

PLM2018 is organized under the honorary patronage of the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University, Prof. Andrzej Lesicki.


  • The keynote will be delivered by Tecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna), the author of, among others, Language evolution (CUP 2010).

Plenary events


  • Przemysław Żywiczyński (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń): How research on language evolution contributes to linguistics

Other plenary events

As has become our tradition, there will be a dialogue and a debate on topics related to the leitmotif:

  • Dialogue: W. Tecumseh Fitch and Daniel Everett
  • Debate: W. Tecumseh Fitch, Ljiljana Progovac, Geoff Schwartz, Przemysław Żywiczyński, Piotr Gąsiorowski and Nikolaus Ritt