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 leitmotif of the 49th PLM will be “Linguistics: Between science and humanities. An overview of contributing disciplines and research agendas”. The pervasive transdisciplinarity of today’s research opens up new terrain for investigating language. Modern linguistics requires a broadened scientific horizon and a dialogue with representatives of other disciplines. For example, sciences such as biology, medicine and neuroscience incrementally contribute to our knowledge about how language is represented, acquired, and changed in the human brain. Statistics and computer science allow us to take investigations of language to an unprecedented level of generality. Studies of the interfaces between language and social structure at all levels benefit from closer interactions with other humanities, such as psychology and sociology. All of this leads to questions about the status of linguistics within sciences and humanities. We invite studies and reports which provide evidence and/or standpoints on these issues. However, contributions from other subdisciplines, also not directly related to the Meeting’s leitmotif, are also most welcome.
The following plenary speakers have been confirmed:
- Nicholas Evans (Australian National University): Straight talk, bent meanings: Semantics on the watershed (PDF)
- Stefan Frisch (Appalachian State University): Language sound structure: Linguistics at the interface between biology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience (PDF)
- Peter Siemund (University of Hamburg): On the advantages and disadvantages of multilingualism: Towards a more realistic assessment (PDF)
- Zofia Wodniecka (Jagiellonian University, Cracow): Life in two languages from a cognitive psychology perspective (PDF)
Other plenary events
As has become our tradition, there will be a debate on topics related to the leitmotif.
Thematic sessions and more
There will be four thematic sessions, a workshop, and a special session for PhD candidates.