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Message 1: Poznan Linguistic Meeting

Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 15:22:41 +0000
From: wjarek <>
Subject: Poznan Linguistic Meeting

34th Poznan Linguistic Meeting
Short Title: PLM 2003
Location: Poznan, Poland
Date: 01-May-2003 - 03-May-2003

Web Site:
Contact Person: Jaroslaw Weckwerth
Meeting Email:
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description: 

The 34th Poznan Linguistic Meeting is the next in a series of
conferences organised by the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz
University, Poznan, Poland. PLM2003 will focus on hot issues in
contemporary linguistics.

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

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

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

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 at
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
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