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Monday, 28 September 2020 07:52

56th Linguistics Colloquium: Translation, Multilinguality and Cognition, 26-28 November 2020

Since its inception in 1966, the Linguistics Colloquium has been held annually without interruption in a total of 18 European countries. Its long term continuity is ensured by a large international committee consisting of its previous organizers. The Colloquium is devoted to research in all areas of linguistics. It is open to different theoretical approaches and aims to create friendly and inspiring conditions for the fruitful exchange of ideas and results. It is also appreciated for its welcoming atmosphere and cooperative discussion culture open to scientists of all ages and nationalities.

Traditionally, authors submit an abstract which, upon acceptance, is presented and discussed at the conference. Afterwards, a full paper has to be submitted, taking into account the outcome of the scientific discussion. As usually, also this year we plan to publish the proceedings as a hardcover book in the series of the publishing house .

Like many other conferences, this year, for the first time in its history, the Linguistics Colloquium will be organized as an online event. As, despite regular attendance from overseas, the Colloquium has been mostly a European event so far, we hope that colleagues from other continents will see this as an opportunity to get to know the friendly and co-operative spirit of the colloquium. To further encourage this and because an online event requires less funding, as a novelty this year we decided to completely waive registration fees.

How the conference will be conducted

In our experience, conferences with pre-recorded presentations have the drawbacks that all presenters have to deal with recording issues, and that a real live atmosphere promoting questions and discussion is hard to obtain.

Therefore, in order to keep as much of the Colloquium's interactive character as possible, the conference will be held in the form of several parallel online sessions, each representing a thematic field and realized as a separate online meeting hosted by a session chair. To minimize technical overhead for participants, we will use the popular "Zoom" video conferencing software which is particularly user-friendly. Registered participants will receive links to the conference sessions. By clicking on these, participation is possible with almost any desktop PC, portable computer or smart device. No cost is involved on the side of the participants and no pre-installation of software is required. Only when clicking on the provided links the user may be asked to allow installation of the free Zoom software (or, alternatively, to rely on the browser). Speakers require devices with a camera and a microphone (e.g. a laptop or tablet computer) and will be allowed to make the presentation screen of their laptop available to the audience. Questions can be either asked using audio/video or in writing via Zoom's chat function (in which case the chair person will read them out). To minimize the risk of technical difficulties, speakers and participants are encouraged to join a test session some time ahead of the conference (see schedule below).

We plan to record all sessions for the following reasons:

  • Speakers can receive a complimentary video of their presentation if desired.
  • We hope that after the conference many speakers will wish to have their presentations published online (e.g. as a service for participants who missed a session or to address a wider audience). But in any case the decision on publication will be entirely up to the speakers.

On the registration form, speakers will be asked to give their permission for their presentation being recorded. During discussions, participants should only ask questions using audio/video if they also agree on being recorded. If not, they are supposed to ask their questions in writing via Zoom's chat function. We hope for participants' understanding that switching the live stream recording on and off for individual speakers and questions would be a burden for the session chair and, during lively discussions involving several participants, appears too error prone to be practical.

The special theme of the conference is "Translation, Multilinguality and Cognition". But contributions from all areas of linguistics are welcome, including but not limited to:

  • Theory of linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Diachronic linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics, text mining
  • Computational linguistics, natural language processing
  • Neural language processing and machine learning
  • Comparative & contrastive linguistics, typology
  • Applied linguistics, language learning
  • Neuro- and psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Lexicology, lexicography
  • Phonology, phonetics
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Text / Discourse
  • Semiotics

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 12 October 2020

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