Welcome to the 56th Linguistics Colloquium!

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Information on the post-conference proceedings

We are happy to report that we have an agreement with Peter Lang International Academic Publishers on the publication details so that, as announced in the call for papers, the post-conference proceedings can be published in their book series Linguistik International. As these are difficult times for many of us, we extend the deadline for the full papers by six weeks to April 11, 2021 (Sunday after Easter).

For further details, please find below a style sheet (in English and German) and a sample manuscript (English only).

Style sheet in English (last update: 31.01.2021)

Style sheet in German (last update: 07.02.2021)

Sample manuscript for Microsoft Word (last update: 31.01.2021)

The 56th Linguistics Colloquium is over. Thank you so much to all who contributed and to all who attended, and for your positive feedback! Hosting this event has been an honor to all co-organizers and a memorable and precious experience! Among the many, one of the most rewarding moments has been when Prof. Kazimierz Sroka, a faithful friend of this conference series and organizer of the 30th Linguistics Colloquium in Gdansk, joined us at the age of 89 during the General Assembly. He plans to attend next year's colloquium in Rzeszow (for details see "LingColl 2021" in the menu) in person, and we would be very happy if you would also consider doing so!

As was said in the closing of the conference: Let's stay connected! Over large distances, it is much easier in virtual space than in reality!

If you mention this event on social media, please use the hashtag #LingColl56

Here are the Zoom links to access the parallel tracks of the conference:

All links will work only during the times announced in the conference programme. For details, see "Programme" in the menu.

Track 1 (English; with plenary sessions):

Track 2 (English):

Track 3 (German/English):

Track 4 (student session):

Track 5 (Spanish session):

Track 6 (Helpdesk and all-day chat room):

Please visit us on the helpdesk/chat room! We are happy to welcome you there and actually this is our preferred mode of communication, much better than e-mail; note that the helpdesk is closed during plenary sessions. Zoom "breakout rooms" for gatherings of small groups are available on request at the helpdesk.

Note that in case of technical or other problems the above links may change any time. So please check this webpage if you encounter problems. For security reasons, under certain circumstances we may also have to announce here that the links will have to be distributed via e-mail to registered participants only.

Please check "Programme" in the menu for the latest updates!

English Translation of Professor Heinrich Weber's Welcome Speech (to be given in German)

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Dear Colloquium Participants,

It is a special pleasure for me to say a few words at the beginning of this unusual colloquium as speaker of the committee together with my friend Wilfried Kürschner. First of all, I would like to thank everyone who made this colloquium possible, especially Reinhard Rapp. Not only did he have the idea of filling the gap left by the Corona pandemic with an online colloquium, but he also convinced the International Committee and the organizers of the postponed 55th Colloquium in Rzeszów of his idea and actively took over the organization of the content and technical aspects. It is thanks to him and the institutional and personal co-organizers from several countries that in 2020 we will not be able to meet locally, but we will be able to connect across borders. Thanks are also due to the speakers from many countries, who will present their thoughts and results.

Fifty years ago, I took part in a colloquium for the first time, the 6th Linguistic Colloquium in Copenhagen, to which four of us drove from Tübingen across the Baltic Sea to Denmark in my old VW 1500. Wilfried had registered a paper on nominal composition, and the passengers were listeners like me. The memories of the presentations have faded in the meantime, but I gather from the conference proceedings that "the generativists of the second generation" have had their say. Of the 24 papers printed, 23 were in German, only Charles Fillmore wrote in English.

For more than half a century the colloquium has travelled through Germany and Europe from university to university, from Hamburg to Tübingen, from Aarhus to Rhodes, from Alcalá de Henares to Ufa in the Urals. Since Copenhagen, I have attended 38 times, and I wouldn't want to miss the meetings with colleagues, the linguistic contributions and the interesting excursions. Now the colloquium meets for the first time worldwide in virtual space. In terms of the number of registrations, it is one of the largest ever. I am curious to see what new experiences it will offer.

There have been many changes since the beginning. The circle of areas covered has expanded. Generative language theory has receded into the background; topics of applied linguistics such as language didactics and translation play an increasingly important role. In the first years there were only presentations with discussion of 30 minutes, later - like this time - also plenary lectures were held. The next few days will show how the reduction of the presentations with discussion to 15 minutes on the Internet will prove its worth. The number of participants varied between about 30 participants in 1971 in Copenhagen and about 300 participants in 1999 in Germersheim. The conference proceedings and programs bear witness to the decline of German and the triumph of English as a language of science. In the Copenhagen conference proceedings, 96 percent of the presentations were in German, in virtual space the figure is still 17 percent.

At the beginning, the proceedings were duplicated internally, after which they appeared in changing publishing houses. From the 10th to the 31st colloquium, they were included in the series "Linguistische Arbeiten" (Linguistic Works) of Niemeyer Verlag, then, with few exceptions, they appeared in the series "Linguistik International" of Peter Lang Verlag, which was newly founded for this purpose. In recent years there have been repeated discussions about whether to publish on the Internet; I am looking forward to the discussion at the plenary meeting on Saturday.

The liberal, even anti-authoritarian character from the time of the 68-movement, when assistants received modern linguistics without their bosses, has been preserved. To this day there is no society with statutes and membership fees that determines the topics and allows or rejects speakers, even though there may be one or two concessions to state-imposed evaluations. The framework topic only has the character of a recommendation. The local organizers have a great deal of leeway in the program design. The plenary assembly, to which all participants are invited, decides how things will continue in the future. The International Committee for the Linguistic Colloquium, rather a loose group of former organizers, was not formed until 1991 to ensure continuity, when no one was found at the General Assembly to host the next colloquium.

Perhaps it is thanks to the open and liberal character of the colloquium that linguists were always found who continued it 54 times in uninterrupted continuity. There is reason to hope that it will continue in the future, either on site again or virtually. I wish the current colloquium of a new kind every success.

Checklist for conference participants

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  1. At least half an hour before you wish to attend the conference, go to this webpage where you will find instructions on how to get the required Zoom URLs and the latest news. If you have time, download the latest version of the Conference Programme by clicking on "Programme" in the menu. The programme will be continuously updated in case of cancelations.

  2. The Programme consists of several tracks, each having its own Zoom-URL. Please click on the Zoom URL of the track you are interested in.

  3. Zoom will ask you to get installed on your computer. Please say yes. If you cannot install Zoom for any reason, you can also use Zoom from your browser, but this tends to be less stable and is not recommended.

  4. Follow the instructions given by Zoom.

  5. Please enter the meeting under your full name as used during registration. For security reasons, the Zoom hosts are advised to remove unsolicited visitors.

  6. Note that you can have only one Zoom session per computer.

  7. If you do not present, you don't necessarily need a camera or a microphone.

  8. For videoconferencing with Zoom, you can use desktop computers, laptops (recommended) or smart devices with any of the major operating systems. The more recent hardware and operating system are, the better.

  9. In the Question and Answer sessions after the presentations, questions are asked via the chat function of Zoom. This is the default, but the session chairs can instruct you otherwise (e.g. giving someone the microphone if there is enough time in smaller groups).

  10. If you have general questions or comments, please go to the virtual helpdesk (which is another Zoom session, like on the trial day on Nov. 14).

  11. If you have tried everything but still cannot connect to the virtual helpdesk, please send an e-mail to lingcoll (at) gmx (dot) de. (Answering times will depend on demand.)

  12. Unfortunately, to our knowledge there is no convincing solution for attendees to socialize in large virtual meetings. But, if there is not too much demand, you are most welcome to come for a chat to the virtual helpdesk. We also encourage you to set up your own Zoom sessions and invite other participants to them. There is a free version of Zoom ("Basic"), see https://www.zoom.us. It has a 40 minute limitation, but you can restart your session as often as you wish.

Additional checklist for presenters

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  1. For your presentation, you will need a computer with a camera and a microphone, ideally a laptop or a tablet computer.

  2. If you have not been able to check out the functionality (e.g. sound quality, sharing screen) on the trial day (Nov. 14), you can do so during conference hours on the virtual helpdesk.

  3. For regular papers, the time frame is 15 minutes including discussion time. Please make sure that you prepare your presentation so that it fits this time frame.

  4. On the day of your presentation, please check both the conference website (www.lingcoll.de) and your e-mail for updates. As is common in most conferences (both in-person and virtual), some changes may occur at the very last minute, so please make sure to get the latest info.

  5. Regardless of your presentation order, please try to be at your session from the very beginning so that the hosts see that you are prepared to present.

  6. Please enter each session under your full name (so that the chair can easily identify you).

  7. Be ready to share your screen once you are called by the chair (i.e. have your PowerPoint or PDF file opened. (But we recommend not to use full-screen / slide show mode because it will cover up the icons you need to share screen, unmute etc.)

  8. Keep an eye on the chat: the chair will use the Zoom chat function to signal to you when your time is running out.

  9. Alternatively, we might interrupt one minute before your time is up by announcing "Please wrap up".

  10. Since the schedule is very tight, we thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping to the 15 minute time frame.

  11. In Track 1, use the Zoon Q&A icon to ask questions related to the presentations, the chat for other types of questions (e.g. questions to the chair/host).

  12. In all other tracks, the Zoonm Q&A icon will not beavailable, so please use the chat for everything.

Nov. 25, 2020: The book of abstracts and the list of participants are now available as draft versions under menu item "Programme". For reasons of data protection, we did not include e-mail-addresses.

Nov. 24, 2020

To reduce the risk of "Zoom bombing", we plan not to disclose how we will distribute the required Zoom URLs until about one hour before the conference starts (see messages of Nov. 13 and Nov. 8 below). In any case, please make sure that you register and that you check this website by then.

We will not stream the conference on YouTube as on the registration form about 5 % of the participants did not support this. The scientific conference sessions will be recorded (see section "How the conference will be conducted" of the call for papers), and we may discuss in the General Assembly on Saturday, Nov. 28, how to proceed with the recordings. In any case, no presentation will be published on the internet without prior consent of the presenter.

Nov. 24, 2020: We are happy to announce that a team of professors from Moscow City University (where last year's Linguistics Colloquium took place) is organizing a student session with posters and two minute oral presentations of their students. This will be on a separate (i.e. fourth) track of the conference. The contact person for all questions related to this is Prof. Marina Fomina (marinafomin7 (at) gmail (dot) com. Further details can be found in the conference programme. We welcome all participants to take part in this session which may serve as an example for future editions of the Linguistics Colloquium.

Nov. 20, 2020: A preliminary version of the programme is now online, see "Programme" in the menu (to be updated continuously)

Nov. 15, 2020: Thank you very much that so many of you joined us in the trial day on Nov. 14 (see below)! We very much hope that all technical problems could be resolved. It has been a fantastic experience for us to personally welcome participants from all over the world in the video conferences. A big thank you to all who took part and also to the Zoom hosts (see program of the trial day below) who did a tremendous job!

We are happy to report that the number of registered participants is currently at about 280. Dear authors, co-authors and presenters, if you have not done so yet, please register for the conference as soon as possible (see "Registration" in the menu above). This is very important as, although we hope that it will not be necessary, we may have to end registration early due to technical limitations.

Nov. 13, 2020. The Zoom trial day takes place on Nov. 14, 2020, between 9:00 and 17:00 UTC. To keep out unsolicited visitors (who can be a problem in online conferencing), we plan to publish the Zoom links (URLs), which you will need for attending, only shortly before the sessions start. (They would not work before anyway.)

Below you find the current plan. Updates will follow whenever a need arises. In particular, the Zoom URLs may change any time in case there is a technical problem on the side of a host.

Please click on the Zoom URLs given below to connect to the respective session (but only during the times indicated). If this does not work for you, please copy the URL and paste it into your browser. You should then be asked to install Zoom. Please click on yes. If installation does not work, you can also use Zoom via your browser, but this is not recommended.

Sessions for testing your Zoom connection

Please come to one of the sessions below for anything related to Zoom. E.g. getting a connection, having your video and sound quality checked, finding out how to share your computer screen with others etc.

Nov. 14, 2020, 9:00 to 12:00 (UTC)
Zoom host: Haruko Miyakoda
You can speak English and Japanese in this session.

Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/95445824329?pwd=M1BLNDU5ZTRMbzVid1EzWm51Tzdadz09

Nov. 14, 2020, 13:00 to 15:00 (UTC)
Zoom host: Christiane Zehrer
You can speak English and German in this session.

Zoom URL: https://hs-magdeburg.zoom.us/j/82918730556?pwd=bkdmY2dLSUxZY1VLblJwdlVUcGQ1dz09

Nov. 14, 2020, 15:00 to 17:00 (UTC)
Zoom host: Ioana Cretu
You can speak English and German in this session.

Zoom URL: https://hs-magdeburg.zoom.us/j/82918730556?pwd=bkdmY2dLSUxZY1VLblJwdlVUcGQ1dz09

Helpdesk and all-day coffee break session

Nov 14, 2020, 9:00 to 17:00 (UTC)
Zoom hosts: Gisela Zunker-Rapp and Reinhard Rapp
You can speak English and German in this session.

Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/95721038895?pwd=UFJkblQ4YzZiUm5uR3MwL0ZpYng1UT09

Please come here ...

  • if you just wish to have a little chat with the hosts and other visitors. As on the registration form most attendees said to have experience with Zoom, may be it will be a very long and quiet day for Gisela and Reinhard, so let's cheer them up a little!

  • if you want to help in checking out this concept for the coffee breaks at the conference.

  • if no other session takes place (see left) or if the Zoom hosts of the other sessions refer you to the helpdesk.

  • if waiting times in the other sessions should get too long

  • if you have questions or comments not related to Zoom.

Nov. 8, 2020. As announced in the call for papers, on Saturday, Nov. 14 a Zoom trial session will take place and we strongly encourage all conference participants and in particular all presenters to take part in it. Our current plan is that several sessions will be distributed over the day and that you are free to decide when to attend. If all goes well, this should take only a few minutes per person, plus potential waiting time. Checks will include:

  • Testing connection

  • Testing video and sound quality

  • If you are a presenter, sharing your computer screen with the audience

You will need a laptop, a PC with webcam and microphone or a smart device (preferably a tablet computer as smartphone displays are too small). To be on the safe side, your device should have a recent version of a major operating system (Windows, IOS, Android, or Linux). Also, of course a stable internet connection is required.

More information will follow, including links to the Zoom sessions. Note that the links will not be published long in advance to reduce the risk that the sessions are hijacked by intruders (so called "Zoom bombing").

Nov. 7, 2020. We are happy to report that we have about 170 accepted abstracts and that registration is now open. It is a simple online procedure. Authors are requested to register by Nov. 12 if possible, other participants by Nov. 20. For the latest updates, see "Registration" in the menu.

We are currently working on the programme and on the book of abstracts. Due to the number of presentations and as in online meetings the attention span of people tends to be shorter, our plan is to have 15 minute presentations (including discussion). This also helps to limit the number of parallel tracks (probably three), i.e. more presentations can be attended.