• about YLMP
  • they loved it
  • what's new in YLMP2012?

Young Linguists' Meeting in Poznań (YLMP) is a congress organised by and for young linguists who appreciate the significance of interdisciplinary research and therefore want to go beyond the traditional branches of linguistics. We believe that the connection between linguistics and other fields of study, such as psychology or sociology, is both crucial and pervasive. Our goal is to present the advantages of an integrated approach and emphasize its importance for contemporary linguistic research.

The interdisciplinarity of the conference is expressed in its leitmotif, which is

"Language in context(s)".


young linguist /jʌŋ ' lɪŋɡwɪst/ noun [countable]
an ambitious linguist who has not been awarded their PhD yet; this includes undergraduate students as well as BA and MA holders.

It goes without saying that people who fall outside this definition (i.e. PhD holders) are more than welcome to attend the event without a paper of their own and contribute to the discussions. 


What makes it worth participating in YLMP conferences? Without any doubt we could give a plethora of reasons for doing so. There is one problem – our words might not seem credible. This, however, does not concern our former participants and special guest s. Below you can find some thoughts and reflections that YLMP2009 participants kindly shared with us.

  • Dr. Alexander Rapp (Die Universitatsklinik fur Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie: die Arbeitsgruppe Kognitive Neuropsychiatrie, Tubingen)
    "I definitively enjoyed my time at the YLMP every minute: the organisation was perfect and      couldn´t be better, the venue is ideal for the meeting, but the best thing was the fresh and stimulating atmosphere during the meeting. A lot has been said about problems to arouse interest for research in students these days, but meetings like the YLMP are definitively an absolutely excellent idea. I can only advice young colleagues to join the 2010 meeting! The meeting is as well brilliant for non-linguists who want to learn in this field, really interdisciplinary in its very best sense! It would be a pleasure for me to come back in 2010."
  • Prof. Patrick Hanks (Charles University in Prague):
    "YLMP 2009 was a most impressive and enjoyable event. It was organized by junior faculty and research students, but was in no way inferior to longer-established senior linguistic congresses. The quality of the selected papers was first class, with some well-researched and thought-provoking contributions, presented in a professional style. The organization and admin. was faultless. Perhaps because the congress was organized by young Polish academics and attended by young linguics from all over the world, it was especially notable for its buzz of intellectual excitement and enthusiasm. The choice of visiting speakers was imaginative, with a stimulating interdisciplinary mixture. It was a great pleasure for me to be able to attend, to meet new people, and to learn so much. Well done, YLMP! I wish you equally successful congresses in future years. The future of linguistics in Poznan is in good hands."


what's new in YLMP2012?

Both YLMP2009 and YLMP2010 proved to be an unforgettable scholarly experience to both the participants and organisers, however, there is always some scope for improvement, and we are constantly on a lookout for new opportunities to develop.  So, what’s new in YLMP2012?



The first thing that we are happy to inform you about is that our event has grown to become one of the major student linguistic conferences in Europe. Therefore, the new edition, YLMP 2012, is going to be a congress, with a number of new block sessions, plenary lectures delivered by internationally renowned specialists, and even more thematic workshops.



Due to a number of queries and requests from YLMP participants, we have decided to organize a number of new thematic sessions:

- language and gesture
- translation studies
- language and gender
- language and identity
- language and sexuality

We encourage all of those who specialize and are interested in the above areas to submit papers and contribute to our congress.

Moreover, apart from the traditional YLMP sessions, we also welcome papers on formal linguistics, including:

- phonetics and phonology
- syntax
- historical linguistics



As was the case in the previous editions, we want to give our participants an unique chance to exchange ideas with other students from all over the world, as well as to interact with the most respected and recognized specialists in linguistics and related fields. This time, however, we want to lay more emphasis on practice than we did last year. Therefore, what you can expect is a wider variety of workshops, and more direct learning experience. More details are to be announced soon – please revisit for updates!



As the YLMP keyword is ‘interdisciplinarity’, we also want to give the floor to those who are not linguists per se. Thus, get ready for fruitful and heated debates with neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, IT specialists, lexicographers and many, many other professionals. We strongly believe that such interaction is one of the best ways to bring genuine benefit to science. What we call for during YLMP is the exchange of varied ideas and viewpoints as this will truly enable the participants to broaden their scholarly horizons and to develop new research ideas.



There was no poster session during YLMP2009, and only a small one during YLMP2010. This time, knowing that poster sessions are a great chance to exchange scholarly opinions and receive feedback, we want to organize a big one during our congress. Therefore, we are looking forward to your contribution.