June 9–11 2016, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic        


The Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco) is a general linguistics conference held biannually at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. It covers synchronic or diachronic aspects of grammar, phonology, or semantics. Papers may treat language description, language acquisition, performance, translation, or language deficits.

The general topic of the conference is language use and linguistic structure. The contributions  are expected to include justified proposals for linguistic structure, and at the same time related these structures to some aspect of language use, such as information structure, phonetics, or meaning. The conference also includes several specialized thematic sessions.

Olinco 2016 was held on June 9 (Thu) – 11 (Sat).

Featured invited speakers

David Pesetsky
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Exfoliation: towards a derivational theory of clause size
(abstract here)

Ray Jackendoff *
(Tufts University)

Morphology in the Mental Lexicon
(live videoconference, abstract here)

*Deirdre Wilson’s originally announced appearance has been withdrawn

Volker Gast
(Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

Towards an empirical study of sentence semantics: Examples from the domains of scalar operators and concessives in English and German
(abstract here)

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline (extended): 24 January 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2016

Early registration deadline (50 EUR): 1 May 2016
Standard registration deadline (60 EUR): 1 June 2016
Conference: 9 – 11 June 2016

Papers and posters

We welcome proposals for oral presentations and posters in the form of abstracts related to the general topic and/or a workshop topic. Abstract submission guidelines are given below. Poster sessions will be an integral part of the conference program. The language of the conference is English. All abstract submissions will be anonymously reviewed by an  international committee of linguists.

Thematic sessions

Thu. 9th June: Quantitative Methods within Linguistics
chaired by Martina Benešová (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic).

Sat. 11 June: Categorial features of Nouns and their projections
organized by Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University, Canada).

Sat. 11 June: Use of Parallel Corpora: Research and Applications.
Details here
(.pdf). Convenors: Anna Čermáková (Charles University), Markéta Janebová (Palacký University), Michaela Martinková (Palacký University).

Budget accommodation

For authors of accepted oral presentations (or two co-authors), we can reserve economical accommodation  for up to four nights in shared rooms (shared WC and shower facilities) in a university dormitory (within walking distance of the conference venue). More information to be made available below.

Revised abstracts submission

Abstracts of oral presentations and posters need to comply with the following guidelines:

1. Format. Please use one of the prepared templates:

Olinco 2016 Revised Abstract Template.doc (MS Word)
Olinco 2016 Revised Abstract Template.odt (Open Office)

The revised abstract, with the title included, must be written in Times New Roman 12 point font, with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. Please limit the formatting to a minimum. The revised abstract must include the authors’ names, affiliations, and email addresses.

2. Length. The text of the abstract should be two pages long maximum. Any exceeding material will be deleted.

3. Acceptable file format. The abstract should be submitted both as a PDF file and an editable Word or Open Office file. Please make sure that all fonts are embedded in the file.

4. Submission. Revised abstracts should be sent by email to olinco@upol.cz. Please state “Olinco 2016 submission number XX” as the subject of the email, and use the surname of the first author, the submission number, and the first few words of the title as the file name (e.g., Gold_123_Using universal dependencies.doc).

Submission deadline: 18 April, 2016.

Board of reviewers (Olinco 2014 and 2016)

  • Aarts, Bas (University College London, UK)
  • Abels, Klaus (University College London, UK)
  • Adger, David (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
  • Aijmer, Karin (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Andres, Jan (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Arsenijević, Boban (University of Niš, Serbia)
  • Barešová, Ivona (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Benešová, Martina (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Beňuš, Štefan (Constantine the Philosopher University, Slovakia)
  • Bernardini, Silvia (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Biberauer, Theresa (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Bisiada, Mario (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
  • Biskup, Petr (University of Leipzig, Germany)
  • Blix, Hagen (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Bohn, Ocke-Schwen (Aarhus Universiteit, Denmark)
  • Bondaruk, Anna (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
  • Březina, Václav (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
  • Caha, Pavel (University of Tromsø, Norway)
  • Cardinaletti, Anna (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
  • Cetnarowska, Bożena (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
  • Cooke, Martin (Basque Science Foundation, Spain; Universidad del País Vasco, Spain)
  • Cyrino, Sonia (State University of Campinas, Brazil)
  • Čech, Radek (University of Ostrava and Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Čeňková, Ivana (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Čermák, Jan (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Čermáková, Anna (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Davidse, Kristin (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Dékány, Éva (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Dočekal, Mojmír (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
  • Dotlačil, Jakub (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • Dufek, Ondřej (Institute of the Czech Language of the AS CR, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Escudero, Paola (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
  • Emonds, Joseph (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Faarlund, Jan Terje (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Fábregas, Antonio (University of Tromsø, Norway)
  • Fălăuș, Anamaria (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
  • Faltýnek, Dan (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Fiala, Karel (Fukui Prefectural University, Japan)
  • Friedová, Mirjam (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Gast, Volker (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany)
  • Gruet-Skrabalova, Hana (Université Blaise Pascal, France)
  • Gutiérrez Rubio, Enrique (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Hajičová, Eva (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Hamann, Silke (Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Hirschová, Milada (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Holeš, Jan (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Holmberg, Andres (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Hopkinson, Christopher (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
  • Horvath, Julia (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Hudousková, Andrea (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Chládková, Kateřina (Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Chlumská Lucie (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Chovanec, Jan (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
  • Chromý, Jan (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Iraide (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
  • Isabel García, Ana (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Janebová, Markéta (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Jarque, Maria Josep (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Jettmarová, Zuzana (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Jiménez-Fernández, Angel Luis (University of Seville, Spain)
  • Jónsson, Jóhannes Gísli (University of Iceland)
  • Kaderka, Petr (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Kayabaşı, Demet (Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey)
  • Kettnerová, Václava (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Klégr, Aleš (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Kövecses, Zoltán (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
  • Krappmann, Marie (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Král, Pavel (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Krejčová, Ela (Akcent College, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Kubánek, Michal (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Kučerová, Ivona (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Kudrnáčová, Naděžda (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Kula, Nancy (University of Essex, UK)
  • Lavidas, Nikolaos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Lehečková, Eva (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Lenertová, Denisa (University of Leipzig, Germany)
  • Levshina, Natalia  (Leipzig University, Germany)
  • Liao, Hsiu-Chuan (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
  • Macurová Alena (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Macháček, Jaroslav (Palacký University in Olomouc)
  • Malá, Jiřina (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Malá, Markéta (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Martin-Gonzalez, Javier (University of Seville, Spain)
  • Martinková, Michaela (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • McFadden, Thomas (Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Germany)
  • Medová-Taraldsen, Lucie (University of Tromsø, Norway)
  • Miechowicz-Mathiasen, Katarzyna (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)
  • Nádvorníková, Olga (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Nagy, Marek (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Newson, Mark (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
  • Ouhalla, Jamal (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Peprník, Jaroslav (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Peters, Sandra (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
  • Pinet, Melanie (University College London, UK)
  • Podlipský, Václav Jonáš (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Pořízka, Petr (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Richterová, Klára  (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Romero-Trillo, Jesus (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain)
  • Rothstein, Susan (Bar-Illan University, Israel)
  • Rozwadowska, Bozena (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
  • Rutkowski, Pawel (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Servidio, Emilio (University of Siena, Italy)
  • Schwartz, Geoff (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)
  • Sigurdsson, Halldor (University of Lund, Sweden)
  • Šimík, Radek (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
  • Shi, Rushen (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
  • Skarnitzl, Radek (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Skarabela, Barbora (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Smolík, Filip (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
  • Spilková, Helena (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Norway)
  • Stankovic, Branimir (University of Niš, Serbia)
  • Stehlíková, Olga (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Stenström, Anna-Brita (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Suranyi , Balazs (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
  • Szczyrbak, Magdalena (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)
  • Šimík, Radek (Universität Potsdam, Germany)
  • Spáčilová, Libuše (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Šimáčková, Šárka (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Šturm, Pavel  (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Tárnyiková , Jarmila (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Thurgood, Ela (California State University, Chico, USA)
  • Trofimovich, Pavel (Concordia University, Canada)
  • Tsimpli, Ianthi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Uličný, Oldřich (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Vaňková, Lenka (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
  • Vepřek, Miroslav (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Veselovská, Ludmila (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Wągiel, Marcin (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
  • Wallis, Sean (University College London, UK)
  • Wechsler, Stephen (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
  • Widdowson, H.G. (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Wierzba, Marta (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Wood, Jim (Yale University, CT, USA)
  • Wurmbrand, Susanne (Univeristy of Connecticut, USA)
  • Xiao, Richard (Lancaster University, UK)
  • Young-Scholten, Martha (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Zajícová, Lenka (Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Zehnalová, Jitka (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Zeijlstra, Hedde (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
  • Ziková, Markéta (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic)


Registration fee:
Early-bird – registration and payment made by 1 May, 2016:
50 EUR / 1300 CZK *

Standard – registration and payment made by 1 June, 2016:
60 EUR / 1600 CZK

The registration fee includes: admission to the conference (June 9–11, 2016), delegate’s package and badge, welcome party (June 9, 2016), guided tour of Olomouc (June 9, 2016), coffee breaks, and conference dinner (June 10, 2016).

Registration cancellation policy: Cancellations will not be refunded.

Registration of non-presenting participants: We accept non-presenting participants until filled to capacity. The above-stated fees apply. Registration after June 1 may be possible but we cannot guarantee all that is covered by standard registration.

Payment method:
The payment is to be made by bank transfer. (You will recieve detailed instructions in the registration confirmation email. Note that any charges for bank transfer must be covered by the payer.)
Unfortunately, payment by credit/debit card is not technically possible.

* Since extra charges may apply for international bank transfer, we also provide the possibility ONLY to participants from outside the Czech Republic who register by 1 May 2016 to pay at the registration desk upon arrival with the registration fee at the early-bird level (1300 CZK). Please note we will accept this payment only in cash and in CZK.

Thematic sessions

Thu. 9th June
Quantitative Methods within Linguistics
chaired by Martina Benešová (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic).

Sat. 11 June
Categorial features of Nouns and their projections
organized by Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University, Canada).

Sat. 11 June:
Use of Parallel Corpora: Research and Applications.
Details here
(.pdf). Convenors: Anna Čermáková (Charles University), Markéta Janebová (Palacký University), Michaela Martinková (Palacký University).


Olinco 2016: Conference Program (.pdf)

In case some presenters have serious reasons to ask for a minor change in scheduling, we are ready to do our best to integrate it. Therefore the scheduling of individual presentations may change a little as the conference nears – most likely within the same period of the same day – if the change is more serious, we will let you know.

Olinco 2016: Book of Abstract available here (.pdf)

The book of abstracts of the previous (2014) conference is available here (.pdf).

Information for presenters

Oral presentations

Each paper in an oral session will be allotted 25 minutes, including 5 – 10 minutes for discussion, i.e. the talk should last not more than 20 minutes.

Available technology: We will provide a PC with Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader connected to a dataprojector and speakers. We strongly advise you to bring your presentation on a USB flash drive or CD/DVD because we cannot guarantee your laptop will be compatible with our on-site equipment (especially applies to Mac users). Presenters will have 10 minutes before the beginning of every oral session to check their presentations on the equipment. A technical assistant will be present to help.

Handouts: The organizers believe that the audience at a scientific conference deserves (apart from hearing and watching the presentation) some kind of printed material (handout), containing main arguments, examples, the proposed hypothesis and bibliography. The presenters are therefore asked to bring their handouts with them, about 25-30 copies: 1-3 sheets of paper, printed on one or both sides  (about 12 point font – because there may be visually handicapped people present). If more handouts are needed (we cannot predict the audience size in a given section), there will be copy machines available and willing student helpers.

Poster presentations

Posting: Authors of posters are required to be present during their poster session to discuss their posters with interested conference goers.
Authors should attach their posters to the boards before the beginning of the session (materials for attaching will be provided).
Posters should be removed from the boards by their presenters before the next poster session begins or in the evening following the presentation. Posters left on the boards will be removed by the organizers and can be collected at the registration desk.

Format: The poster boards are in the portrait orientation, their size is ISO A1 format (594 mm width, 841 mm height). The main text should be in a large enough font (e.g. 32 pts). The text should be brief and presented in bullet-point or numbered lists as much as possible. Avoid long paragraphs.
We recommend to poster presenters to prepare reduced-size copies of their posters (e.g. A4 sheets) to be handed out.

Conference venue

The 2016 Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco 2016) was held in the recently restored Palacký University Faculty of Arts.

This building which served for hundreds of years as a college related to the Moravian archbishopric is centrally located among other historic buildings atop the city walls. It overlooks a verdant park that separates the conference venue and the dormitory accommodations.

Both the conference venue and the accommodations are easily accessible by tram lines. Visit practical information for more.

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts
Address: Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, 771 80
Web: http://www.ff.upol.cz/en/


A practical conference venue map pack is available for download here (.pdf).

Practical information


From Prague to Olomouc: The easiest way to get from Václav Havel Airport Prague to the main train station (Praha, hlavní nádraží, sometimes abbreviated to Praha, hl. n.) is to take the Airport Express (AE) bus. It stops right in front of the arrival hall (a bit to the right, the last bus stop) and takes you directly to the main train station which is the terminus. You buy the ticket from the driver for Kč 60 (about EURO 2.5, but the driver does not accept foreign currencies, so you have to exchange money at the airport, try to have a 200 crown note or less). The ticket machines at the stop do not sell this ticket. Timetable here. More info here.

There are also coaches going directly from the Prague airport to Olomouc. More info at the Student Agency website, or call: +420 542 424 242 or +420 800 100 300.

From Vienna to Olomouc: We recommend to take the Student Agency coach which goes directly to Olomouc (3 times daily). See the company website, or call: +420 542 424 242 or +420 800 100 300.

Coming by train: Olomouc is easily reached by express trains (2.5 hours from Prague, 3.5 hours form Vienna, 3 hours from Katowice). Online connection searchOnline map of train delays (in Czech).

Coming by car or coach: All major roads are open. Online map of trafic in Central Europe.

Coming by air: The closest airports are in Ostrava (2 hours by bus and train), Brno (2 hours), Prague (3.5 hours), Bratislava (4 hours), Katowice (4 hours) and Vienna (4.5 hours).

More general information about traveling to Olomouc can be found here.

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts
Address: Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, 771 80
Web: http://www.ff.upol.cz/en/


Pre-reserved accommodation (within walking distance of the conference venue): The organizers have arranged significant discounts and made preliminary bookings in three conveniently located accommodation facilities. To book your room, please contact the facility before May 1 (contact info provided below) and mention “Olinco 2016” as the password.

Dormitory Generála Svobody (600 meters to venue)
– Address: Šmeralova 1122/12, Olomouc
– 25 rooms reserved until May 1, 2016
– Double rooms, 2 neighbouring rooms with shared toilet and shower facilities
– Price: 252–358 CZK per person and night
– Credit card payment or payment in Czech crowns is expected at arrival
– Contact: hotel@upol.cz, +420 585 638 016, +420 777 000 202
– Web: http://www.skm.upol.cz/en/dormitories/dormitory-generala-svobody/

*** Hotel Palác (350 meters to venue)
– Address: 1. Máje 27, Olomouc
– 8 double rooms and 2 single rooms reserved until May 1, 2016
– Single room: 1092 CZK/44 EUR, double room: 1264 CZK/ 52 EUR
– Breakfast included
– Contact: info@hotelpalac.cz, +420 585 242 175
– Web: www.hotelpalac.cz

**** Hotel V Ráji (500 meters to venue)
– Address: Hanáckého pluku 10, Olomouc, 779 00
– 5 double rooms reserved until May 1, 2016
– 1300–1400 CZK per room per night
– Breakfast included
– Contact: hotel.vraji@seznam.cz, +420 585 223 500
– Web: http://www.hotelvraji.cz/en/

Tips on other possible accommodation in the vicinity of the conference venue:

Hotel U Dómu (300 meters to venue)
Address: Dómská 4, Olomouc 77200
Tel.: +420 585 220 813, +420 724 335 609
E-mail: hoteludomu@email.cz
Single room: 1200 CZK/45 EUR, double room: 2000 CZK/74EUR

Penzion Na Hradbách  (800 meters to venue)
Address: Hrnčířská 3, Olomouc 772 00
Tel./ Fax: +420 585 233 243, +420 602 755 848
E-mail: rezervace@nhpension.eu
700 – 1500 CZK for a single room per night

Pension Křivá  (1100 meters to venue)
Address: Křivá 8, Olomouc, 772 00
Tel.: +420 585 209 204
E-mail: info@pension-kriva.cz
1550–2000 CZK for a single room per night

Hotel Pension Na Hradě (700 meters to venue)
Address: Michalská  4, Olomouc, 779 00
Tel: .: +420 585 203 231
Fax: +420 585 203 232
Email: penzion@penzionnahrade.cz
Single room: 1490 CZK, double room: 1990 CZK

If you don’t choose among the hotels listed above, you can look for other accommodation possibilities here.

The Czech koruna (CZK or Kč) is the official currency in the Czech Republic. The approximate exchange rate (as of 10 March 2016) is 27.05 CZK to a Euro and 24.65 CZK to a US Dollar. Exchange rates for all major currencies are available here.

Czech sockets are standard European sockets CEE 7/5, with a voltage of 230 V/50Hz. All visitors coming from countries using appliances/plugs that do not work with such sockets/voltages (e.g. USA, UK) are advised to bring adapters.

Mobile phones
Czech mobile phone operators use both of the two standard European GSM bands, 1800 and 900 MHz. All European mobile phones will work without problems but visitors from the US may need a tri-band phone.
The country calling code for the Czech Republic is +420.

Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate, with temperatures averaging 17°C during the day in early June. Worst comes to worst, a raincoat or an umbrella may be of some use. Current forecast is available here.


Selected papers presented at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2016 will be included in a peer-reviewed volume with the conference proceedings. Like in the previous years, the book will be submitted for inclusion in the Web of Science™.

The template and instructions for the 2016 proceedings are available here:

Olinco 2016 Proceedings Template (.docx)

The deadline for submission is 15 September 2016.

The electronic version of the Olinco 2014 proceedings, entitled Complex Visibles Out There can be downloaded here (.pdf). The volume is a part of the Olomouc Modern Language Series.

Selected papers presented at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2013 are included in the proceedings entitled Language Use and Linguistic Structure (.pdf) and in a separate themed monograph entitled Nominal Structures: All in Complex DPs (.pdf). Both books have been included in the Web of Science™.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at olinco@upol.cz.

Olinco history

Previous Olinco conferences:

Olinco 2013:

Olinco 2014:


Organizing committee:

Joseph Emonds
Ludmila Veselovská
Michaela Martinková
Václav Jonáš Podlipský
Markéta Janebová

Email: olinco@upol.cz

Postal address:

Olinco 2013 Organizing Committee
Dept. of English and American Studies
Palacký University Olomouc
Křížkovského 10
Olomouc 77900
Czech Republic

Tel.: +420 58 563 3103